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Registration deadline for Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language
Students interested in obtaining the Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language must register before October 14. The next exam date is Saturday, November 21 and will take place in Cambridge, Mass. at the "Observatory of the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures in the United States." Diploma in Spanish

Harry Rosser

Prof. Rosser Honored with "Emeritus" Status
Prof. Harry Rosser, who retired last spring after many years in our department, has been granted "Emeritus" status by University President, Fr. William Leahy. As Fr. Leahy noted, "During your thirty years of teaching and service at Boston College, you have made an immense contribution to the education of so many students, and also enhanced the academic culture of our University. I am delighted to be able to formally recognize all you have done for the University and to indicate in this special way the respect and gratitude BC has for you."

The Global Future of French
According to Forbes Magazine, compelling data indicates that by 2050, "French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin."

Teaching Excellence
We extend hearty Congratulations to our graduate students, Meredith Finch, Mieka Phillips, Núria Murciego Rico, and Chiara Girardi, who were all among this year's recipients of The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.

"Romance Review" Returns
"Romance Review," the RLL graduate student scholarly journal, founded in 1989 and temporarily suspended in 2007, has returned to life in a new online form, entitled "The Romance E-Review."

Ana Conboy and Franco Mormando

Recipient of the 2015 Sue L. Nguyen (MA ’73) Prize

Graduating doctoral student in French, Ana Conboy (in photo, together with Dept Chair Franco Mormando), has been awarded the 2015 Sue L. Nguyen Prize for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. The prize was established last year by the family of the late Sue Nguyen, a 1973 graduate of the BC Masters program.

MIguel Brascó

Inauguration of New Documentary Film
Prof. Ernesto Livon-Grosman's new documentary, Brascó, a survey of Argentinian cultural and political life of the past 50 years through the eyes of poet and "public intellectual," MIguel Brascó, had its world debut at the National Library of Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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Italy, Spain, & France among Top Study Abroad Destinations
According to the online journal, Inside Higher Ed, the number of American college students studying abroad continues to increase, with the top five destinations being (in order of popularity) the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and China. Moreover, Boston College ranked among the top five doctoral universities according to the percentage of students engaging in foreign study.

Most Popular Undergraduate Minors
According to the 2014-15 Boston College Factbook (p. 44), Hispanic Studies remains the second most popular undergraduate minor, after International Studies. French also made the list of the Ten Most Popular Minors once again.

Foreign language skills provide sharp edge in the job market
The International Business Times reported that job seekers with bilingual skills could look forward to a profusion of opportunities in the coming year.

Second Language Key to Success
"Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything from increased cognitive function to higher rates of success in school and in the careers that come afterward," reports The Huffington Post, based on statistics gathered by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

Language Placement Test
This online test helps determine the appropriate course level for your language study.

The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain
Knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?
Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language.

Going Abroad Makes You More Creative
According to the latest scientific research reported in The Atlantic, traveling abroad and living in a foreign culture stimulate the brain's creative capacities.

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Faculty Profiles

Régine Jean-Charles

Régine M. Jean-Charles, Associate Professor of French, joined the department in 2008.

photo of Franco Mormando

Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian, joined the department in 1994.

photo of Elizabeth Rhodes

Elizabeth Rhodes, Professor of Hispanic Studies, joined the department in 1987.

A Spotlight on RLL Alumni

Kathryn Goetti

Prepared for the Global Workforce
Although Kathryn Goetti '11 never considered pursuing a business career as an undergraduate Romance Languages major, she now works as a Business Operations Strategist at Google. Goetti loves the travel opportunities that come with the job and says that her undergraduate study of other cultures prepared her to work at a large firm with an international reach.

Stacy Brown

Building Skills for a Career in Medicine
Stacy Brown '08, a Hispanic studies major, says the skills she developed while conducting undergraduate research with a favorite Spanish professor are crucial for her work as a doctor. A summer stint doing preventative health in New Mexico, supported by a grant from BC, helped her see the connections between her major and her intended career path.