Why Romance Languages and Literatures?

Today’s top employers value cultural literacy, creative and critical thinking, and the ability to reason and communicate effectively. Knowledge of Spanish, Italian, or French is beneficial, since they represent major languages of culture and commerce. 

A course of study in RLL prepares students for careers in teaching, diplomacy, medicine, business, education, translation and interpretation, technology, the military, outreach organizations (Peace Corps, Fulbright, etc.)—and many more!

Professional Development

We encourage our students to branch out to other disciplines and search for the threads that tie them together. Many of our students pursue dual majors in Communication, Business, and the Life Sciences.

Students pursue a variety of careers in the government and the military. Despite the constant presence of other languages and cultures in their assignments, fewer than ten percent of U.S. Department of Defense military service personnel and only 13 percent of CIA employees speak a language other than English. Furthermore, nearly a full quarter (23 percent) of 2016 State Department overseas language-designated positions were filled by Foreign Service Officers lacking the requisite language proficiency.

Students will be taught using the most advanced language methodologies, strategies and technologies available, and assessed according to performance-based procedures, in small language classes. Successful students achieve advanced proficiency in their language as verified by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), a national standard for educators and employers.



Graduation and Graduate School

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures provides its students with quality advising at all stages of their educational program. We help students plan for graduation by mapping out a four-year plan and making sure that requirements are met at appropriate times. As graduation approaches, we work with students to identify graduate programs in literature, linguistics, and allied fields that may be of interest. Our mentoring has helped many students earn nationally competitive post-baccalaureate fellowships, such as the Marshall scholarship and the Fulbright program. For careers in the private sector, we also offer guidance and networking resources.

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Villanova University
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Villanova, PA 19085