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Welcome to the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures!

Since 1895, the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) at the University of Cincinnati has provided high-quality programs and continued excellence in teaching, research and service. Our faculty is comprised of devoted teachers, experts in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Distance Learning, internationally known scholars, poets and writers

Undergraduate Programs

We care deeply about our students.

Through a variety of courses, service learning opportunities, internships and study abroad programs in FranceItalyMoroccoLatin America and Spain, RALL promotes fluency in ArabicFrenchItalianPortuguese and Spanish.

Our goals? To make students aware of other cultures while developing their communication skillscritical thinkingexperiential learning and intercultural competence. Our ultimate goal is to help students succeed in a diverse and fast-changing global world.

In addition to majors and minors in ArabicFrench and Spanish, our department offers certificates in Spanish for BusinessFrench for BusinessService Learning in Spanish for Social Workers and Health Care ServicesArabic Language and CultureItalian Language and Culture, Spanish/English Translation Studies and French/English Translation Studies.

Graduate Programs

We offer MAs in French and Spanish; MA tracks within the MA allow students to specialize in literaturecreative writing or pedagogy. We also offer a dual French-WGSS (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality) MA.

We offer a variety of professional development opportunities to our graduate students: editorial assistantships in CRR (Cincinnati Romance Review), online teaching training, participating in our study abroad programs or organizing academic events, for instance.

Our Spanish PhD program takes pride in training versatile scholars and experienced teachers. Our doctorate is a pioneer in accepting creative dissertations as well as research-based dissertations. With our excellent language-instructor training and our careful mentoring in research methods, we prepare doctoral students for success in college-level teaching or in other professional opportunities of their choice. Our placement record is excellent!

RALL sees literary, cultural, historical and pedagogical research, as well as creative writing, central to its mission. We are committed to fostering interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchanges and conversations on current European, Francophone and Latin American issues. We offer classes toward the A&S Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Translation and Translation Studies. Every year we organize the Cincinnati Conference on Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures, the oldest graduate student conference in the United States. Our department also publishes the Cincinnati Romance Review, founded in 1981-82. 

Contact Us

University of Cincinnati
Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures
PO BOX 210377
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377

University of Cincinnati
Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literature
Clifton Court Hall
2800 Clifton Ave, Suite 5200 
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377

(513) 556-1950


UC grad turns humanities degree into entrepreneurial success

May 14, 2024

Growing up on Ludlow Ave. in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton, Harrison Fowler had planned to enroll in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Cincinnati. UC was close to home, and ROTC seemed like the right choice. But life had other plans. At the last minute, Fowler withdrew from ROTC and enrolled to earn his bachelor’s in Spanish, which meant he needed a study-abroad experience to complete his degree. He was apprehensive, but completed his requirement in Madrid, in a move that would change the direction of his life. Says Fowler of his foreign-language major, and his experience abroad: “Speaking another language opens up a whole other world and relationships for you.”

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