Degree Programs

Degree Program


Requirements Overview

Ph.D. in Romance Studies
  • 14 courses (10 if you already have an MA of courses in the appropriate field of study)
  • Language proficiency
  • Portfolio Exam
  • Dissertation Prospectus Workshop
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training
  • MA available only en route to the a Ph.D.
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts   10 courses

The Department of Romance Studies at Duke University offers doctoral programs in French and FrancophoneItalianSpanish and Latin American literatures and culture. It also offers an innovative Ph.D. track in comparative Romance Studiesfor students who want to combine two linguistic traditions in their research plans.

The Duke Department of Romance Studies has a nationally and internationally recognized faculty of specialists in many fields and critical methods. The Duke learning environment includes exceptional library and computer facilities in the humanities. Perkins Library, one of the nation's major research libraries, houses among others the Gustave Lanson Collection in French. During the academic year, the department sponsors numerous lectures and visits by distinguished critics and writers. The department provides computer facilities and instruction in the use of computer-assisted teaching and research programs, including on-line textual databases.