Opportunities for Study

The Department of Romance Studies offers doctoral programs in the literatures and cultures of France and the Francophone world, Spain, and Latin America, including Brazil and the Caribbean.

Follow the links on your right to learn more about our internationally known faculty and programs.


The Program

The doctorates in French and Hispanic literatures train students to become effective teachers and scholars of language, literature, and culture; to undertake original research; and to participate in the conversations shaping the Humanities today.

Our PhD programs, supported by generous five-year fellowships, offer depth of expertise, individualized attention, abundant opportunities for professional development, and world-class resources, all in one of the United States’ most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities.


Romance Studies at Boston University

The Department of Romance Studies has particular strengths in interdisciplinary approaches to autobiography, editorial studies, film studies, Francophone studies, gender studies, globalization and migration, historiography, Holocaust studies, intellectual history, Latin American studies, law and literature, linguistics, literary theory, medieval and Renaissance studies, Modernism, philology, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, Realism, theatre and performance studies, Transatlantic studies, travel writing, and poetic traditions.

With its many colleges and universities, Boston offers an uncommonly rich environment for graduate study. Our students are encouraged to pursue cross-disciplinary projects, and enjoy numerous opportunities for intellectual exchange with students and faculty from across Boston University and beyond. Our interdisciplinary programs and centers frequently host visiting filmmakers and authors, philosophers and musicians, diplomats and statesmen.

We offer courses on methodologically diverse topics in literature, film, and cultural studies and have close ties to Boston University’s highly-regarded Study Abroad programs, with opportunities for our graduate students to teach and do research abroad–for example in our exchange program with the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon.

Our students receive rigorous training in pedagogy and the science of second language acquisition, and graduate with broad experience teaching language courses from across the curriculum. Advanced students serve as teaching assistants in writing, literature, and film courses.

In addition to presenting their work at conferences and in print, students have organized film festivals, contributed to Study Abroad programs, and earned the Graduate Certificate from Boston’s Graduate Consortium in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Our students do well in their professional lives after graduating. Recent grads have held fellowships with the ACLS and the UN, and continue to play leading roles at national cultural institutions in the United States and abroad. You can find our PhDs on the tenure track at major universities from Yale to Hobart & William Smith.


Fellowship Opportunities

Our graduate programs appeal to talented, dedicated future scholars who seek broad historical, theoretical, and methodological expertise. Candidates should demonstrate a solid knowledge of the appropriate literature, and written and oral competence in the language of study. The PhD program is open to those with a BA or MA in an appropriate field. A broad training in the humanities is advantageous. Those admitted receive ample intellectual and financial support towards the preparation of their own independent scholarly careers.

Fellowship funding for students admitted to the PhD program includes complete tuition, two years of non-service fellowship and three years of teaching fellowship; it also covers individual participation in the Boston University Basic Medical Insurance Plan.

Many of our students receive fellowships for dissertation research or summer study from outside sources such as the Fulbright, and through competition within the Graduate School and Center for the Humanities.


How to Apply

Follow this link to find information about how to apply or write to the Director of Graduate Studies, Irit Kleiman.