- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
Italian courses are taught in the target language from the first day. Classes are small and highly interactive. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and engage students in daily conversation on topics drawn from around the world. Our 200-level classes strengthen cultural analysis while emphasizing active mastery of the language, both spoken and written. Students may perform original skits or scenes from established dramatic works, analyze graphic novels, or discover new trends in popular music.
Upper-division courses reflect the interdisciplinary orientation of the faculty and permit students to explore the relationship of language and literature to other disciplines. Collaborations with the Theatre program allow performance classes in the target language. There are regular courses in cinema, as well as inquiries into literature’s kinship with the visual arts. Partnering with colleagues in the sciences, RLL faculty have developed courses on globalization and sustainability. New classes, such as a Petrarch seminar or Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish, empower students to build on foundations to expand their cultural and linguistic horizons. Classes in Business French and Medical Spanish offer students prospects for combining their passion for language with a wide array of career options. The new UB Teach initiative offers an accelerated path to certification and a career in secondary teaching.
About Our Facilities
RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Quebec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.
About Our Faculty
The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging interests in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics and Canadian Studies.
RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences, and articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.
Full time tenured/tenure track RLL faculty: 15
Teaching assistants: 19
Adjunct faculty: 8
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Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department website for additional information about our faculty.