The Department of Romance Studies offers our students a unique trans-cultural perspective on an increasingly fluid world culture and a globalized economy. Our students engage literature, film, and history, critical theory, visual culture, linguistics and philosophy and develop spoken and written abilities fostering their profound enjoyment and critical understanding of the diverse places where these languages are spoken: Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the Americas—North, Central, and South.

Our majors graduate with extraordinary international and domestic opportunities. The competencies that they acquire will enable them to gain admission to outstanding graduate programs in their field of interest or to pursue careers in areas as diverse as publishing, environmental science, medicine and the arts.

Undergraduate Student News

Romance Studies was a great major that allowed me to explore my non-medical interests while at Duke. Not only did this allow me to stand apart from other applicants in the medical school application process, but it also allowed me to be a more well-... read more »

Karla Beltran, one of Romance Studies’ senior French majors has just published an article in Le Confident, the most serious newspaper in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.  Beltran completed this work as an... read more »

Class of 2017 Romance Studies graduate Lydia Bradford is being recognized for having written the first Honors Thesis in Haitian Creole at Duke (and possibly at any university in the United States, according to her thesis advisor, Deborah Jenson... read more »

The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Emily Aarons - The Richard L. Predmore Award for Excellence in Spanish Benjamin Brissette - The Richard L. Predmore Award for... read more »

Several Romance Studies department undergraduate students have been included in this year’s Senior Stories piece on Duke’s Class of 2017. Among them are Spanish and Public Policy major... read more »

Duke in Bologna, a new program supported by Duke’s Italian professors and run by GEO, is celebrating the success of its inaugural summer. Two Duke volleyball students have shared their thoughts and experiences... read more »