Our Certificate in Teaching Language, Literature, & Film is designed to go hand in hand with our degree programs. Most doctoral students in Romance Studies can easily integrate this pedagogy certificate into their graduate program. Earning the certificate is a great way for students to strengthen their resume and demonstrate to prospective employers their value as instructors.

Certificate Requirements

  • Successfully complete at least one graduate course in the relevant literature (Spanish or French) and at least one graduate course on film. Approved film courses:
    • CAS LF 569 Algeria in Words & Images
    • CAS LF 586 Narrative Film
    • CAS LS 579 Hispanic Cinema
    • CAS LS 580 Mexico City in Literature & Film
    • CAS LS 581 The Mexican Revolution Revisited
    • Any CIMS graduate-level film course
      The Romance Studies DGS may approve other film courses on a case-by-case basis.
  • Teach French/Spanish courses in the BU Romance Studies Department for at least four semesters (4 courses).
  • Complete the cycle of Romance Studies pedagogy courses:  LL 690, LL 691 Part A, and LL691 Part B
  • Create a teaching/research portfolio to be reviewed by a committee of faculty members.

Please note that all classes used to fulfill requirements of the certificate must be taken for a grade (i.e., NOT pass/fail).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be prepared to teach French or Spanish language, literature, and film classes at all undergraduate levels and at the graduate level.
  • Students will understand key concepts of second-language acquisition theory and practice.
  • Students will be able to articulate—for example, to prospective employers—their knowledge of the teaching of language, literature, and film, as well as their principles and practices in the field of language teaching.
  • Students will be able to describe their research and its importance to the field.

Additional details can be found in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin.