The study of languages, literatures and cultures is an essential and intrinsic component of the mission of Villanova University and of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, committed to the Augustinian and Catholic values of diversity, liberal and international education.
In addition to gaining skills in critical and creative thinking, students are able to communicate with people from other parts of the world, and gain self-confidence, professionalism and a new perspective on themselves and the world through the understanding of other cultural practices. Students are aware of the many benefits and opportunities that knowing a foreign language and culture offers them, particularly in a global environment such as ours. These tools are critical in a variety of career paths, including but not limited to medicine, business, education, law, and the arts.
Brief History of the Department
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, as it was called then was established at Villanova University in 1960, with Dr. Stack being its first Chair. The Department through the years housed over ten languages, until in 2007 became the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures with French, Italian and Spanish being the languages offered. At present the Department offers majors and minors in French, Italian and Spanish. Portuguese was introduced in fall 2010 and we hope that the study of Portuguese and its literatures and cultures become solidly established in the Department so that a major and a minor can be offered in the near future. The Department is at present studying the possibility of a Romance Studies major at the undergraduate level.