About the Department

Studying FrenchItalianPortuguese and/or Spanish while acquiring (inter)cultural literacy opens the door to new perspectives, such as better job opportunities.

Is it just language?
Our programs have cultural and literary components. Languages are filters through which we see and absorb cultures in their authenticity.

Why is the study of literature important in today’s world?
In the globalized world employers look for cultural literacy, intercultural understanding, creative thinking, the ability to reason and communicate effectively. Abstract thinking is developed by reading, discussing and analyzing literary works within their historical context.  

What can you do with a B.A. in French/Francophone Studies, Italian or Spanish?
You can continue your studies in graduate school. Please check out our Spanish BA/MA program! But you can also start a rewarding career in many fields, such as teaching, diplomacy, cultural organizations, NGO’s, outreach organizations.

Double major? Yes!
If you couple your language degree with another one in any discipline of humanities, social sciences, the health profession, or business your chances of getting a great job multiply. Language skills and cultural literacy are precious assets in any profession.   

* The power of the bilingual brain - Times article.pdf
Article: The Power of the Bilingual Brain

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

St. Augustine Center, 303
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Faculty Highlights: