In this era of globalization, the command of foreign languages has never been more important. Fluency in the languages and cultures of other societies has become a necessity in our engagement with the worlds of contemporary science, technology, business, and diplomacy – not to mention providing a passport to the enjoyment of literary and cinematic masterpieces created by those cultures! 

At the BU Romance Studies Department, we study and teach the languages, literatures, films, and cultures of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish speaking worlds. Our dedicated and creative teachers share a commitment to excellence in teaching, whether it be an introductory course or an advanced graduate seminar. Our dynamic community of students and scholars engages in leading-edge interdisciplinary study encompassing philology, post-structuralism, globalization & migration, visual arts & film, theatre & performance, gender & sexuality, Transatlantic studies, Holocaust studies, and more.

Join us to live, learn, and grow beyond the current borders of your world!


Covid-19 RS Fall 2020 Update

Welcome (back) to BU! We want to share with you our most up-to-date information about Learn from Anywhere (LfA) and Romance Studies courses.

All Romance Studies courses numbered 111-212 will meet on Zoom for the bulk of their regular classes. These hybrid courses will offer in-person encounters scheduled throughout the semester for those opting for on-campus instruction.

Students in courses numbered 300 and above should consult with their instructors directly for more detailed information about their LfA options.

For further details, please check out this page – you can also come back regularly for updates.


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Department News

  • Romance Studies Seeks Visiting Professor

    November 20, 2020

    The Romance Studies Department at Boston University invites applications to fill a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in French and Francophone Performance Studies. We seek a scholar with research and teaching... [ More ]

  • Alkan

    November 4, 2020

    Romance Studies alumna Didem Alkan has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of French, Afro-Francophone & Caribbean Studies at the Department of Languages of Xavier University of Louisiana. Congratulations, [ More ]

  • RS Grad Students Share Remote Learning Expertise

    October 7, 2020

    Many of our Romance Studies doctoral students received training this past summer in utilizing various tools and techniques to aid in remote teaching. These students are now sharing what they... [ More ]

  • Pineda in Panel on Post-Covid Values

    October 5, 2020

    Adela Pineda, Professor of Spanish, contributed to an online panel discussion held on October 4 to discuss the future of global values after Covid-19. The panel was the first of... [ More ]

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