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ROMS Graduate Programs

Each Romance Studies graduate program offers advanced interdisciplinary training by the department’s world-class faculty, whose research reflects the wide range of approaches that constitute the study of the humanities today. All programs combine academics with comprehensive training in teaching and attention to professional development.



The Graduate Program in French and Francophone Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill trains scholars and teachers in the analysis of the literature and culture of the Francophone world.


The Graduate Program in Italian Studies enables its students to pursue interdisciplinary work that creates dialogues between Italian literary, linguistic, and cultural production and other fields.

Hispanic Linguistics

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Linguistics is a dual track program where students can receive a MA in Linguistics and then proceed to a PhD in Romance Studies.


The Graduate Program in Literatures, Languages, and Cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas aims to equip scholars, researchers, and teachers with the necessary skills to analyze the literary, linguistic, and cultural production associated with these regions of the world.

ROMS Graduate Support Team

Bruno Estigarribia
Director of Graduate Studies
Serenella Iovino
Graduate Advisor for Italian
Juan Carlos González Espitia
Graduate Advisor for Spanish
Jessica Tanner
Graduate Advisor for French
Lauren Lisinski
Graduate Student Services Manager
Lamar Graham
Graduate Advisor for Hispanic Linguistics

Why Choose a ROMS Graduate Program?

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.“

Alejandra Márquez

Graduate Alumni

“My experience as a PhD student at ROMS helped me adequately prepare for my current position as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Michigan State University. The department has world-class faculty whose teaching, feedback, and willingness to help allowed me to get to where I am today. I was also given opportunities to teach a variety of courses as a graduate student, helping me better understand how to create innovative classes. Furthermore, my cohort was instrumental in growing as a scholar and colleague and I am happy to say that I continue to collaborate with peers that I met while at UNC. ROMS is a fantastic department and it was certainly the best choice for me.“