The Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures


We specialize in the oral, written, and visual cultures of many different regions of the world and offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; a minor in Russian; a certificate program in Translation Studies; and lower-division language classes in Arabic. Our Teaching Credential in Languages Other than English (LOTE) is a professional preparation program that will allow you to teach in California public schools. We pride ourselves on providing you with the skills and tools you need to develop global literacy so that you can communicate, present, and interpret ideas through oral and written texts.

RGRLL faculty are dedicated educators and scholars who engage in interdisciplinary practices in their teaching and research. The number of certificate, minor, and major programs we offer attests to our innovative spirit and our efforts to keep our curriculum up-to-date and relevant for your future careers. Whether you choose a career in education, translation, journalism, business, politics, publishing, the arts, or social sciences, our language, literature, and culture courses will enrich your educational path and give you a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage of the language(s) you choose to study. Our faculty and courses are affiliated with a variety of programs such as Film and Electronic Arts, Latin American Studies, International Studies, Comparative World Literature, and History.

In addition to our commitment to your education, we also provide you with many opportunities to engage in intellectual and cultural events organized by our faculty or by our student clubs throughout the year.

We invite you to browse our website and explore the wealth of information about the requirements, goals, and objectives of our programs, learn about our faculty and their research interests, and about the extracurricular fabric of our department. We hope to see you in our classes and at our events. Make sure to follow us on social media so that you don’t miss announcements about the great things happening in RGRLL.


Language Learning Is For Everyone

Recent RGRLL Faculty Publications

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Dr. Aparna Nayak, Chair
Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures


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