The Romance Studies requirements for the PhD courses are 14 graduate courses for those entering with a B.A. Of those, at least 8 must be taken within the Romance Studies Department; the others can be taken in other departments.
- 14 graduate courses selected across four doctoral study tracks: Comparative Romance Studies, French & Francophone Studies, Italian Studies or Spanish & Latin American Studies.
- Required for all doctoral tracks:
- Up to 2 independent study courses
- Language Proficiency
- Participation in department-sponsored lectures. Exposure to the thought and research of both the Duke faculty and visiting writers and critics is deemed essential to graduate education.
- In addition, students are strongly urged to enroll for courses offered by visiting faculty.
- Responsible Conduct of Research training; orientation offered only in the fall, and three 2-hour forums
- Portfolio exam based on preparation of portfolios of written work in three fields and an oral examination
- Dissertation Prospectus Workshop, which involved development of a dissertation prospectus and an oral examination
- Dissertation Defense
Optional, accelerated path for students entering with an M.A.
Students who enter with the M.A. only need to complete 10 graduate courses; provided that 4 of their previous graduate courses are in the field of study or a closely related field. Of those 10 courses, at least six must be taken within the Romance Studies Department; the others can be taken in other departments. Students who wish to pursue this option need the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
Flexibility in Curriculum
Recognizing that the special abilities and intellectual interests of certain graduate students may call for flexibility in application of the program rules, the graduate faculty may recommend and, with approval of the DGS, implement exceptions to stated program requirements, such as allowing more than the usual number of outside courses or independent studies. Extensive modifications may, however, require a petition to the graduate faculty that must be approved prior to undertaking the modified program for which the student petitions.