Doctoral Tracks

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

French & Francophone Studies Track

We have a distinguished tradition of doctoral programs in French literatures. Through collaboration with other departments and programs, the Graduate Program in Literature and programs in Gender, Sexuality & Feminists Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Canadian and Québec Studies, African & African American Studies, among others, numerous opportunities exist for interdisciplinary study and research. Individual interests and disciplinary combinations thus find ample room for development in a rich and diversified institutional setting.

Italian & European Studies Track

This track emphasizes Italian literature and culture from a solid historical and theoretical perspective. Our program takes advantage of our department's regular-rank professors of Italian, and of the affiliated faculty in departments and programs such as Art History, Cultural Anthropology, English, Film/Video/Digital Studies, History, International Comparative Area Studies, Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Gender, Sexuality & Feminists Studies and Theater Studies. Flexible in design, a student's individual course of study is developed in close and regular consultation with members of the faculty in order to provide a meaningful curriculum that responds to a student's particular interests and strengths, while preparing the student in all the relevant and necessary fields of Italian Studies.

Romance Studies Track

The Romance Studies PhD is a vigorous course of study that encompasses the comparative study of two or more Romance languages and cultural traditions. In general, coursework should be divided evenly between the two areas of specialization. Exceptions can be made in consultation with faculty advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies in order to take into consideration such factors as course availability and prior training. Each comparative Romance Studies course can only count once towards fulfilling the course requirements within specific sections. 

Students already enrolled in Spanish or French can petition by the beginning of their second year to enter the Romance Studies track. Principle areas of study include: French/Francophone, Italian/Italophone, Luso-Brazilian, Spanish/Latin American. Since special abilities and intellectual interests of certain graduate students may call for flexibility in application of the program rules, a student's advisory committee may recommend more than the usual number of outside courses or independent reading courses. Reading proficiency in two or more languages is required for this track.

Spanish & Latin American Studies Track

Our department has a distinguished tradition of doctoral programs in Hispanic literatures. Through collaboration with other departments and programs-the Graduate Program in Literature and programs in Gender, Sexuality & Feminists Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, African & African American Studies, and Latin American Studies, among others-numerous opportunities exist for interdisciplinary study and research. Individual interests and disciplinary combinations thus find ample room for development in a rich and diversified institutional setting.