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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Romance Languages Major

Meet Your Major

As a Romance languages major, you’ll develop your French, Italian or Spanish language skills while immersing yourself in European history and culture.

Through your travel and coursework, you’ll become well-prepared to excel in the global marketplace. Bonus? If teaching Romance languages is in your future, you can secure Massachusetts licensure through Merrimack and explore your options as an education double major.

What You’ll Learn

In the romance languages program, you will:

  • Hone your ability to understand, speak and write two Romance languages.
  • Be immersed in the language by taking select courses that are taught entirely in French, Italian or Spanish.
  • Gain a greater understanding of European literature, film and other creative achievements.
  • Study the cultural heritage and history of Europe from classical to modern times.
  • Explore international politics, finances and business.

Hands-On Learning

Don’t miss the opportunity to study abroad for a semester (or longer) in Bilbao, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Angers, France; or Florence, Italy. During your immersive study-abroad experience, you’ll develop cross-cultural competencies, improve your language abilities and gain the skills you need to excel wherever you are in the world.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Romance languages program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in business, academics, politics, the arts or a variety of other fields. Positions may include:

  • Cultural adviser
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • International business consultant
  • Teacher
  • Translator

What You’ll Take

All Romance majors take a combination of courses to satisfy the 34-credit, nine-course requirement:

  • Six courses beyond 1120 in your principal language (French, Italian or Spanish)
  • Three courses beyond 1110 in your secondary language (French, Italian or Spanish)
  • During your freshman year, the intermediate (2010, 2020) sequence of the language you studied in high school.
  • By the first semester of your sophomore year, the study of a second language.

More Information

Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga

Assoc. Professor and Chair

World Languages and

Cultural Studies