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!

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Department News

  • Pineda Speaks at Steinbeck Panel

    June 26, 2020

    Adela Pineda, Professor of Spanish, spoke at a virtual panel discussion on Steinbeck & Mexico. The discussion was sponsored by UNAM (Mexico's National University). A recording of the discussion can be... [ More ]

  • Maurer, Harkema Interview Philip Silver on Claudio Rodríguez

    June 24, 2020

    Christopher Maurer, Professor of Spanish, and Leslie Harkema, Associate Professor of Spanish at Yale University, who received her PhD in our Department in 2012, interviewed Philip W. Silver, winner of... [ More ]

  • Gelardo-Rodriguez Wins GRAF

    May 27, 2020

    Congratulations to Teresa Gelardo-Rodríguez, of our Spanish doctoral program, who has been awarded a Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF) to conduct dissertation research in Spain on the theater of Federico... [ More ]

  • RS Student Wins Latin America Essay Prize

    May 23, 2020

    David Shames, doctoral student in Hispanic Language & Literatures, has won first place for the graduate student category in the Latin American Studies Essay Contest sponsored by BU's Center for... [ More ]

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