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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.






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?

Jessica Tanner
Graduate Advisor for French
Richard Vernon
Director of Portuguese Language Instruction, Undergraduate and Study Abroad Portuguese Advisor
Elizabeth Bruno
Spanish Advisor (Spanish for the Professions Minor)

What our Current Students and Alumni Say

Francisco Chen-Lopez

Graduate Alumni

As an international student, I truly appreciate the accepting and friendly environment ROMS has created. I met wonderful colleagues and mentors and started friendships that I anticipate lasting for the rest of our lives. During my graduate studies, I was well prepared for a career in academia. Thanks to the excellent mentorship I received, as a Ph.D. candidate who went on the job market for the first time, I was able to secure a tenure-track position at Spelman College. All this would not be possible without ROMS.“

Dana Trumpower

Undergrad Alum

The ROMS department at UNC left a significant impact on my life that I would have never expected. I began only minoring in French, but with the support of the department, I ended up majoring in French, becoming president of the French National Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, and writing an Honors Thesis in the department. These experiences drove me to study abroad and then to move to France after college where I felt prepared and excited to work in my second language. Now back in the U.S., still with the encouragement from my UNC professors, I am pursuing my Masters in Education so that I can teach high school French. I hope I can pass on the passion UNC inspired me with to my students.“