Tag Archives: Romance Languages

Department Details: Romance Languages

7 Feb
Never a dull day in the Romance Languages department!

Never a dull day in the Romance Languages department!

Talented and dedicated faculty engage students in the study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the diverse populations that once spoke the Latin of the Roman Empire. Majors in Spanish and French learn to speak a second language fluently, explore the history and culture of its speakers through coursework and study abroad, and gain expertise in the literary arts by reading and analyzing texts produced from the medieval to the post-colonial periods. We also offer a minor in French.

Students may combine two languages in a Romance Language major, as well as study Italian and Portuguese language and culture. The affiliated Latin American and Caribbean Studies program provides the intellectual excitement of an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of multicultural societies that speak French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Casa Hispánica, where students live and speak Spanish, annual dramatic performances in French and Spanish, ESOL outreach, Poetry Night, and the National Symposium on Theater in Academe, all provide unparalleled opportunities for students of Romance Languages to actively prepare for the multicultural world that awaits them.

For more information on the Romance Languages department, click here!

Tour Guide Spotlight: Claire Higginbotham

28 Dec

Claire Higginbotham ’14

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Major(s)/Minor(s): Math and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Kappa Delta Sorority, Adopt-a-Classroom Literacy Campaign, RUF

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer for the Adopt-a-Classroom Literacy Campaign where I read to 3rd graders weekly and organize activities that reinforce the message of the book.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? RUF, running

Favorite weekend activity? Going out to eat or into town. The band parties are really fun, and I love whenever KD has a mixer.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  It’s beautiful! Also, pretty much everything is in walking distance, and the community is very friendly. I love how the University is the main focus of the town and how almost everyone in Lexington is involved with W&L.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I’ve absolutely loved every minute here, so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite memory. However, I distinctly remember the first time I referred to W&L as my home. Exhausted during rush week, I spoke without thinking when I said how glad I was to be back home after Christmas Break. The transition process was so natural and easy that I adjusted to the school before I had even realized. How quickly the students feel at home and become involved here is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I really enjoy meeting with my advisor. She’s always willing to help me organize my schedule for the semester and help me get into my preferred classes. I have found that having an advisor to help ease the process of registering and choosing classes really makes the process less stressful.


Tour Guide Spotlight: Ali Greenberg ’13

25 Dec
Ali Greenberg '13

Ali Greenberg ’13

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Global Politics & Spanish/Poverty & Latin American and Caribbean Studies

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Panhellenic, Admissions Intern, Mock Convention Facilities Chair and Trustee, Volunteer Venture Trip Leader, Kappa Alpha Theta, R.E. Lee Summer Scholar, Research Assistant

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Traveling and great food with friends.

Favorite weekend activity? Absurdly lazy Sunday’s, brunch included.

Favorite thing about Lexington? Since I live in town and work at a restaurant in town, I truly have become a townie and a part of the community. When I walk my dog to the Colonnade in the morning, I often pass Professors, fellow students, coworkers of mine, or shop owners that I know. Since my family now lives out of the country it is great to be able to call a town like Lexington my home.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Spring term in Ghana with Koffi and Kwasi, known here as Prof. Dickovick and Prof. Blunch, and Monday night (wing night) office hours at Macado’s.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Anytime I get to hang out with Prof. Dickovick, whether it be during one of the four classes I have taken with him, Spring Term in Ghana, our research work this summer, or helping with his publications this term. Having an advisor who is so invested in each one of his students is an incredible thing and I know that his door is always open if I need, or simply want, to talk about anything.


Tour Guide Spotlight: Lizzie Engel ’13

8 Dec

Lizzie Engel ’13

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics/Engineering and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Hillel, College Democrats, Pi Beta Phi, University Women’s Choir, Volunteer Venture Pre-Orientation Program

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have volunteered for the Head Start Program at Waddell Elementary.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy cooking, baking and exploring the outskirts of Lexington.

Favorite weekend activity? Studying outside on the Colonnade when it’s nice out.

Favorite thing about Lexington? Everyone abides by the speaking tradition, not just those associated with W&L.  When I walk through town, every person I pass is so friendly and welcoming.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? This past summer, I visited some of my friends who were in Lexington for the summer, and we went to Panther Falls.  We ended up camping there and sleeping on a boulder with an INCREDIBLE view of the stars.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? This isn’t a specific encounter, but my academic advisor (Irina Mazilu in the physics department) is definitely one of the coolest people on this campus and whenever I get to see her it’s a good day.  She really takes the time to get to know all of her students.  I frequently go into her office just to chat about life, and she’s never too busy to take the time to talk to me about travel, science, or the latest news story.  She’s always so helpful with schoolwork, and I can tell that she really cares.


Hola! Bonjour! 你好! Guten Tag!

16 Nov

As someone who knew that I wanted to study languages, the variety of languages offered at W&L was a big draw for me. We offer Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. A special partnership with our neighbors at the Virginia Military Institute allows W&L students to study Arabic next door and our Classics department also offers Greek and Latin courses.

Last weekend my Spanish class took a field trip to Washington D.C. to check out the ‘Exploring the Early Americas’ exhibit at the Library of Congress. We piled into a van with our professors early in the morning, and got to see the first-hand the manuscripts that we had studied in class. After the Library of Congress, we went to grab a bite to eat and then stopped by the Museum of the American Indian before heading back to Lexington.

Needless to say, eating burgers in the Capitol with my Professors during a field trip was certainly an “Only at W&L” moment.

Check out our Romance Languages, German and Russian, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Classics department pages.