The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers courses in French, Italian, and Spanish languages, as well as their corresponding literatures and cultures, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The undergraduate majors and minors in RLL are designed to help students attain a broad interdisciplinary insight into the literature and culture of other nations, while achieving a high linguistic proficiency in one or more Romance language. Students can major or minor in French, Hispanic Studies, or Italian and courses range from elementary language to advanced seminars in languages, literatures, and cultures. The major offers solid preparation and guidance for students interested in teaching or in graduate studies, as well in fields such as law, medicine, interpreting, and international business (see our Foreign Language Careers page). The minors serve as a useful adjunct to a wide range of academic specializations.
Information for incoming first-year students to determine their course of language study.
WBUR Radio's online journal, "Cognoscenti", recently published an Op-Ed essay by Prof. Régine Jean-Charles entitled "A Victory for Macron in France but the Specter of Racism Remains."
"The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition"
Associate Prof. of Psychology, Joshua Hartshorne, recently addressed the RLL faculty and graduate students, presenting some of the latest theories, experimentation, statistics, and conclusions about first and second language acquisition, especially those most pertinent to undergraduate pedagogy.
Kathryn Goetti ’11
Business Operations Strategist
Google, Mountain View, CA, and Chicago
Undergraduate major: Romance languages (French)
As an undergraduate, Kathryn Goetti didn’t consider pursuing a business career after college. But today the Romance languages major is working on the business side at Google and loving the opportunities that come with the job—including a recent three-month assignment in Dublin. Goetti says her undergraduate study of other cultures prepared her to work at a large firm with an international reach. “A great theme in today’s business world is that it’s one global community,” says Goetti. “Studying a second language certainly helped me develop a multicultural world view.”
Stacy Brown ’08
Resident in OB/GYN
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Undergraduate major: Hispanic studies
The days when aspiring doctors took a narrow course of premed studies are past, according to Stacy Brown, a resident in obstetrics and gynecology. “The trend is toward humanities majors in medicine,” she says. Take her experience: The Hispanic studies major says her undergraduate research with a favorite Spanish professor helped develop skills—organization, focus, communication, attention to detail—that are crucial to her work as a doctor. A summer stint doing preventive health in her native New Mexico, supported by a grant from BC, convinced her she was heading in the right direction. “It showed me how well being a Hispanic studies major goes with medicine,” she says. “It really flowed together.”