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Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages

The Romance Languages major is a comprehensive degree that gives students a thorough preparation in the language, literature, linguistics, and culture of at least two of the following languages: French, Italian, and Spanish. The language courses help students develop their writing and speaking skills while those in linguistics present language in a more theoretical way, taking into account regional, social, and historical variation. Culture courses introduce students to the artistic and cultural trends of the major French, Italian or Spanish-speaking countries over the many centuries of their existence. In the literature courses students read major works by many different authors, improve their language and analytical skills and scan a spectrum of cultural and social issues.

Learning Objectives

Communication

  • Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Connections

  • Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities

  • Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Career Possibilities

Majoring in Romance Languages

Majoring in Romance Languages at UNLV ensures that a student not only graduates with a practical and fulfilling degree but also has links with the approximately 700 million people in 67 countries across five continents who speak French, Italian or Spanish. Students who speak more than one language often have linguistic, cognitive, and cultural advantages over monolingual speakers and they may be better prepared to face the challenges of a multilingual and multicultural world. An understanding of the French, Italian, and Spanish languages is a stepping stone to communication in other Romance languages.

As Italy, France and Spain are among the seven most industrialized countries, knowledge of the Italian, French and Spanish languages can be advantageous in a broad range of careers, such as international business, journalism, politics and tourism. French, Italian, and Spanish are principal languages of the arts, including opera, cuisine, cinema, fashion and sports.

French, Italian and Spanish in the World Today

60 percent of English vocabulary is Latin-based the root of all Romance Languages. Learning one or more Romance languages enhances English language skills.

France is the number one destination for world tourists with the fourth largest economy in the world. Hence knowledge of French is particularly important for students in the Colleges of Business and Hotel Administration. French is both an official and a working language of the United Nations and, along with English, is the official language of the 31-member Council of Europe, headquartered in France.

Italian is the fourth most spoken foreign language in U.S. homes. Outside of Italy, Italian is spoken in Switzerland, parts of Africa, South America and the Balkans.

Spanish is spoken by more than 500 million people, and it is the primary language of 21 nations. Spanish is the second most widely used language in the United States and is increasingly important for business, trade, schools, government agencies, the legal system, the media, advertising, the Internet, politics, and the private sector.

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