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On September 17th, the play written by Felwine Sarr will be performed at Duke.
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First Annual US Goncourt Prize
Duke Students Help Select the Winner of France’s Most Prestigious Literary Prize

About Us

Romance Studies is a multilingual, interdisciplinary, and genuinely global department that explores the culture, thought and practices of communities where romance languages are or were once spoken.

We guide students from learning the basics of the language to intellectually and professionally engaging with native cultures and their speakers. While our discipline is rooted in the philological and literary methods, our faculty specializes in health humanities, critical race studies, decoloniality, intellectual history, translation, visual studies, service learning, gender and sexuality studies, modernism, critical economics, and linguistic rights, among others.

Our primary areas of study for our Undergraduate and Graduate Programs include:

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Brazilian & Global
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French & Francophone
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Italian & European
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Spanish, Latin American
& Latino/a Studies

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Our Research

Our curriculum explores the rich traditions of Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian cultures, both in their countries of origin, and in the cultures of diaspora, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Quebec, and the Chicano border. Because of this, our research – categorized in 20 key themes – covers, both historically and geographically, an extensive area of the planet: from Europe to Africa and South America; from the Caribbean to the Philippines; from the Mediterranean to Indochina and the Mauritius Islands. 

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Global Study Opportunities
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Culture & Language Courses
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Books By Our Faculty