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Romance Languages
In this age of global communications and multiculturalism, the study of Romance languages and the ever-evolving cultures they represent is a particularly timely pursuit. At Penn, we offer Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. On the most basic level, the activity of foreign language study in our department is articulated around the essential skills of communication. The discipline of learning how to communicate in a foreign language not only makes the student able to interact with other cultures but also, because of the comparative and contrastive exercise that language learning entails, sharpens his or her English communication skills as well. The Department of Romance Languages offers a wide variety of courses in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish language, literature, culture and film.
Acknowledging the need for experiencing a culture contextually, the Department of Romance Languages has established several study-abroad programs. Some of the sites offer business-oriented programs of study, while others offer more humanities-based options. The department works closely with the Office of International Programs to make foreign study an attainable possibility for Penn students—majors and non-majors alike. The Modern Languages House (which offers French-, Italian- and Spanish-speaking residential experiences, weekly conversation hours, film series and other cultural events open to both residents and non-residents) provides further opportunities for practical language experience.
Beyond the inherently valuable intellectual benefits gained from the study of language, the department’s faculty is deeply committed to the exploration of literature and film as they pertain to broader issues of cultural self-representation. A literary or visual text tells a great deal not only about the writer or artist who produced it, but also about how a society thinks or represents itself. The study of a text not only tells us about the cultural climate in which a given text was produced, it also reveals our own cultural values and myths as we engage in the process of interpretation. The department offers a wealth of courses in literature and culture, both canonical and non-canonical, that address European classics from specific periods as well as texts produced in contemporary cultural circumstances such as the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean or Italian-American life. Courses on film are also an increasingly important part of our curriculum.
Students in satisfactory academic standing are invited to apply for a major or minor in French, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or the dual major in Romance languages, once they have satisfactorily completed two courses beyond the Language Requirement.

Science, Technology and Society
The structure of the modern world is constructed on a complex foundation of science and technology. Understanding how science works, how technological innovation happens, and how both relate to larger social, political, and economic developments is an essential skill for professionals in almost every occupation.
Students who major in Science, Technology and Society (STSC) will pursue a broad and highly interdisciplinary program of study that includes courses in the history of science, technology, medicine, and related fields in the natural and social sciences. In doing so they will acquire both a broad liberal arts education as well as specific preparation for careers in knowledge-based occupations such as law, public policy, business, medicine and journalism.
Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a major, a minor and a language certificate in Russian. Additionally, with the support of the Penn Language Center, the department offers courses in the Ukrainian, Czech and Polish languages. The department also offers a series of courses for students who have spoken Russian at home and wish to gain literacy and/or improve their language skills or to pursue the study of Russian literature and culture in Russian.
The Russian major provides a framework that can be adapted to meet the needs of a wide variety of students, ranging from those oriented toward the study of language and literature to those interested in any of a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. The major and minor in Russian, because of their flexible nature, are well suited to students wishing to pursue a double major (or minor) with a complementary field of study, such as politics, economics, international relations, anthropology, history or comparative literature. The major and minor in Russian are well suited to students preparing for law or medical school, as well as those contemplating careers in international business, teaching, governmental and foreign service or journalism.
Students of Russian are encouraged to spend a semester of study abroad, normally during the junior year. Study in Russia may be pursued through the American Councils of Teachers of Russian program, which offers the intensive study of Russian language, literature and contemporary culture. Additionally, the Penn-in-Prague and Penn-in-Warsaw programs provide options for summer study abroad that may be pursued with any level of language ability—even with no prior knowledge of foreign languages.
Students may choose to live in the Russian House starting fall 2006. The house brings together students who are