Opportunities for Graduate 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 to the right to learn more about our internationally known faculty and programs.

Romance Studies at Boston University

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

For a list of recent graduate courses in Spanish click here.

With its many colleges and universities, Boston offers an uncommonly rich environment for graduate study. Our students are encouraged to pursue cross-disciplinary projects across Boston University and beyond. Our centers and programs constantly host visiting filmmakers and authors, philosophers and musicians, diplomats and statesmen. Click here for a list of recent events.

We offer courses on methodologically diverse topics in literature, film, and cultural studies and work very closely with Boston University’s highly-regarded Study Abroad programs. Our graduate students have opportunities to teach and do research abroad–for example in our exchange program with the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, BU’s Cultural Studies program in Buenos Aires, and the undergraduate programs in Madrid and Burgos..

Our students receive rigorous training and broad experience in teaching both language and literature. Advanced students have served as teaching assistants in writing, literature, and film courses and have have taught both Spanish and Portuguese.

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

Our students have achieved success in their professional lives. 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.

The PhD Programs at Romance Studies

The PhD programs in French and Hispanic literatures train students to become outstanding teachers and scholars; to pursue original research; and to participate in the conversations shaping the Humanities today.

Our PhD programs, open to those who hold a BA or an MA, are supported by generous five-year fellowships. They offer depth of expertise, individualized attention, abundant opportunities for professional development, and world-class resources in one of the United States’ most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities.  Boston has been ranked the “Best Student City” in the U.S. and one of the top ten in the world.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to: Graduate Admissions

Graduate Programs with Boston University’s School of Education

For students, with undergraduate degrees in French or Spanish who aspire to teach on the secondary school level, Boston University’s School of Education offers joint programs with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (Ed.M.).  Application for these two programs are through the Boston University’s School of Education.