Romance Languages and Cultures students are encouraged to view language/ literature/culture in their interrelatedness and combine linguistic proficiency with cultural and literary expertise. Students develop skills in communication and the critical tools to explore issues in aesthetics, cultural studies, the history of ideas, and gender studies.
Our curriculum is designed to help students build on the knowledge and skills from the introductory level through the completion of their minor or major. The content of the courses and how they are taught are meant to enhance, reinforce, and integrate knowledge. Students can take courses in the Departments of Classics and Italian, French, and Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Mount Holyoke, as well as, in Catalan and Portuguese in the Five Colleges. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s learning goals and the Romance Languages and Culture program’s learning goals. More detailed information can be found in the Romance Languages and Cultures chapter of the course catalog.
Given the complexity of the RL&C program, we recommend that students use the RL&C major/minor requirements form to help them plan their studies in their conversations with their respective advisors or the program chair.