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News and Announcements

Roland Barthes

"Language is Never Innocent: Roland Barthes at Boston College"
The RLL graduate students organized an interdisciplinary graduate conference to mark the centennial of French literary theorist philosopher, Roland Barthes (1915-80). Keynote speaker was prominent Barthes scholar, Jonathan Culler, professor of English and Comp. Lit. at Cornell and featured papers by grad students from BC, Harvard, Cornell, Brown and other universities.

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."

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.

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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.

And, indeed, the BC statistics mirror the national ones: according to the Boston College Fact Book 2015-2016 (p. 40), Italy ranked as the #2 destination (after Great Britain) for BC undergraduate study abroad, with Spain as #3 and France as #4. 

Most Popular Undergraduate Minors
According to the 2015-16 Boston College Factbook (p. 44), Hispanic Studies and French are yet again among the Ten Most Popular Minors for BC undergraduates.

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.

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Faculty Profiles

Régine Jean-Charles

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

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

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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.