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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Romance Languages (ROML)

College of Arts and Humanities
3106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025

The Major

The Romance Languages Program is intended for students who want to specialize in two of the Romance languages offered in SLLC: French, Italian, and Spanish. Students selecting this major take a total of 45 credits selected from courses in two of the three components. The first four courses listed under each group are required for that particular language component; exceptions or substitutions may be made with the approval of the departmental language advisor only, in consultation with the Romance Languages advisor. 21 credits are taken in each of the two languages, as specified, and three additional credits are taken at the 400 level in either of the languages chosen. Literature or civilization courses may not be taken in translation. Students who wish to apply for Teacher's Certification should consult the College of Education.

Placement in Courses


Requirements for the Major

Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit.

French Requirements


French Grammar and Composition



Introduction to French Literature



Composition and Style



From Romanticism to the Age of Modernism and Beyond



From the Age of Epic and Romance to the Enlightenment



Two additional literature or civilization courses at the 400 level


Italian Requirements


Reading and Writing in Italian



Italian Composition


ITAL351 or 352 or ITAL361 or 362

One additional course at the 300 level in literature or culture



Three additional literature or civilization courses at the 400 level with 1 credit colloquium


Spanish Requirements


Reading and Writing in Spanish



Advanced Grammar and Composition I



Approaches to Cultural Materials in Hispanic World


SPAN331,332, and 333 or SPAN361, 362 and 363

Spanish Culture, Civilization & Literature I,II and III OR Latin American Literatures & Cultures I,II and III



Two literature or civilization courses at the 400 level


Additional Requirement for ROML Majors:
One additional course at the 400 level in one of the two languages (3)

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).


Annual Language Career and Internship Fair

Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .

Co-op Programs

Language Partner Program (LPP)

The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership. 

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit:  www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.

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