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

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 »

The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Emily Jeanne Berntsen - The Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award for excellence in French Peter Nicholas Ciaccia - The Guido... read more »

A student and faculty member from the Romance Studies department have both been honored this year for their work with service learning. Assistant Professor of the Practice Deb Reisinger has received the Faculty 2016 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service... read more »

Rising senior Ben Brissette has been named a Humanities Writ Large Summer Research Fellow. A native of Des Plaines, Illinois, Brissette is double majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish, with a minor in Russian. This fellowship, generously supported... read more »

I began Italian at Duke after years of longing to learn what I thought of as the most beautiful language in the world, and now my study of Italian language and culture has become an integral part of my college experience. In conjunction with my ICS... read more »

Senior Tara Trahey is a double major in Art History/Visual Arts and European and Italian Studies at Duke. She is minoring in Classical Studies. Deciding to pursue a new language at Duke, she chose Italian—based on her past brief travel experiences... read more »