About

Boston University’s Department of Romance Studies offers an unusually rich international environment for the study of French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Linguistics.

BU Students in Senegal

BU Students in Senegal

An outstanding faculty prepares our students for the advanced study of language, literature, and culture as well as careers in global business and consulting, communications and journalism, diplomacy, education, law, public service, interpretation and translation. Our Linguistics majors often pursue careers in information technology, psychology, communications, philosophy, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence.

Students in pre-medical and pre-law programs find the major and minor in language and literature or Linguistics a satisfying way to broaden their programs of study. Some students pursue combined study of Linguistics and Spanish, French or Italian. Students in the School of Education may study bilingual or foreign language education.

Our Department is located on busy Commonwealth Avenue, on the banks of the Charles, close to major cultural venues.  Our students regularly take advantage of cultural events — music and dance, theater, art galleries, film– in the Boston area and on nearby campuses, easily accessible by public transportation.  Boston University itself sponsors a wide array of academic and cultural activities relating to the countries of the Romance world.

A BU group in Madrid

A BU group in Madrid

Through Study Abroad our students study, and sometimes do internships, in our programs in Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Quito, Paris, Grenoble, Dakar, and Padova. A nationally renowned seminar on translation offered in our sister department, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, brings a series of outstanding translators to campus each spring. Graduate students interested in textual scholarship may enroll in classes or attend events at BU’s Editorial Institute.  A major scholarly journal — Anales Galdosianos— is edited in our Department. A recently established Graduate School Traveling Fellowship and opportunities in our study abroad programs afford students the opportunity to conduct dissertation research abroad.