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Undergraduate Romance Studies Programs at BU

Whether you are a new or returning student, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University.

Located in the heart of the Charles River campus, our department brings together an exciting community of students and faculty working in an array of disciplines dedicated to exploring diverse world views and cultures. In our classrooms, you will learn Spanish by performing plays, create a digital map of a Francophone city, discuss questions of gender, politics, and race in great works of literature, and collaborate with your peers to make a film. Many of our courses carry Hub units, allowing you to fulfill your university requirements while completing one of our majors or minors.

You can also enhance your academic experience outside the classroom. Why not live in Global House with other Terriers who are passionate about foreign languages and cultures? Or discover new French and Francophone films during our annual Tournées Film Festival? Or attend lectures by renowned writers, thinkers, and filmmakers organized by our department in conjunction with centers and programs across campus, including the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the African Studies Center, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies?

Beyond the Charles River campus, you can also enroll in one of our study abroad programs tailored to students majoring not only in a foreign language, but also engineering, political science, and biology. Our internship programs in Madrid, Padua, and Paris are very popular among our students and provide unique professional training in a number of fields ranging from journalism to politics to advertising. Combined with these study abroad opportunities, our courses on the Charles River campus prepare students for future careers in law, education, marketing, research, journalism, diplomacy and film production—to name only a few of the careers our French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese majors and minors undertake after graduation.

You can learn more about our programs, courses, and events here on our website. We look forward to seeing you in class and at events!

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Undergraduate Administrative Contacts

Photograph of Dr. Rachel Mesch

Rachel Mesch

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor of French