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In 1972, the Department of French and Other Romance Languages became the Department of Romance Languages. Courses are devoted to the study of Latin-derived languages and the various cultures of the people who speak them. The constants in the curriculum are French, Spanish and Italian. Portuguese courses were offered from the academic year 1981-1982 until 1993-1994. Since the inception of the department, undergraduates have been able to major in French or Spanish. Since 1993-1994, students have been able to minor in Italian. Since 1998-1999, there has been a special minor for engineering students. Since 2005-2006, there has been a major in Italian studies. The department also offers courses in linguistics and the teaching of modern language, and English-language courses on French, Spanish, and Italian literature and philosophy.
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