Nora Roberts' foundation is giving $100,000 to a college in Maryland and the school says it will offer an academic minor in romance literature and start a writing course in the genre.
McDaniel College in Westminster said Tuesday it has received the money.
President Roger Casey says the college aims to raise the profile of romance novels. He says serious study of the subject will reinforce Roberts' reputation as a master and champion of the craft.
The school also will build a library collection of American romance literature, including all of Roberts' more than 200 novels.
And the college will hold an international conference on romance novels in November.
Roberts lives in the western Maryland town of Keedysville. Her foundation also supports writing, music and drama programs at nearby Boonsboro High School.