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Department of Romance Studies

The Department of Romance Studies is a diverse, plurilingual academic unit that engages in research and the study of French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.







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Recent News

February 20, 2024

ROMS Graduate Teaching Fellows Santi Giron Gesteira and Emanuele Stefanori Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

February 2, 2024

Prof. Lorna Aviles Honored with a 2024 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award

April 10, 2023


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Study Abroad

The Department of Romance Studies strongly encourages all of its students, and especially its majors and minors, to participate in a study abroad experience. Studying in another country is a challenging, life-changing, and never-forgotten experience.

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Looking for Advising?

Loida Slate
Spanish Advisor (Translation & Interpreting Minor)
Gosia Lee
Undergraduate Advisor of Spanish
Spanish & Italian
Jessica Tanner
Graduate Advisor for French

What our Current Students and Alumni Say

Aditi Kharod

Undergrad Alum

I had an amazing experience taking French classes in this department. All the faculty are so helpful and kind, while pushing students to measurably improve their language skills. I was successfully able to live and study in Geneva, Switzerland for three months during my junior year with the skills I was taught at UNC from the ROMS faculty, and I’m currently a graduate student who will study at Sciences Po Grenoble for the next two semesters taking advanced courses in both English and French. This would not have been possible without the UNC French department and its incredible faculty, including Dr. Dorothea Heitsch, Dr. Nina Furry, Dr. Jessica Tanner, and especially Dr. Valérie Pruvost.“

Laura Wilder

Undergraduate Alum

Upon entering UNC, I had no idea how ROMS, particularly Italian, would shape my college career and where I am today. A semester is all it took for me to fall in love with the Italian language and culture and to decide to study abroad twice in Florence and Bologna, pick up the Italian major, and earn the UNC Robinson Honors Fellowship to research lace in Burano. The experiences I had through ROMS helped me reach my full potential and led me to pursue work in the study abroad field with the goal of one day working in Italy as a program coordinator. I just started a job as the Resident Director of the University of Portland’s Salzburg Center and love helping other students dream big abroad!“