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 University Senior, Briana Kleiner featured on Duke's Global Education Office blog for her reflection on her time abroad, partiularly in the program Duke in... read more »

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French major, Madeline Jennings Thornton, Trinity '18 was featured in the inaugural issue of Duke Visible Thinking for her thesis, ... read more »

Marshall Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to two Duke seniors who were awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship!  One of the winners, Julie Uchitel, is a neuroscience and French double major who while studying Proust, Flaubert, and neuroscience,... read more »

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The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Robert J Niess/ Alexander Hull Award for Excellence in French:           ... read more »

My path post-graduation has been atypical - and apparently (though not actually) unrelated to my Romance Studies major. I work and live in a community called... read more »

Poet Olvido García Valdés Visits Duke in Madrid Center

The the poet, Olvido García Valdés, invited by the Poetics & Translation Lab, spoke with a group of undergraduate students at the Duke University in Madrid Center. García Valdés has published several books, including Exposición, which... read more »