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

Brexit Sign

Cristina Garcia Ayala, a student in French and Italian, surveys Duke students to discover how Brexit, taking effect on Jan.  31, registers on them.  The date for Brexit, Duke students now note, has been set for January 31st, 2020, exactly... read more »

Emily Nagler

Emily Nagler, class of 2019 and student of Global Health, Public Policy, and Spanish was awarded the highly selective Princeton in Latin America Fellowship to work a full year at the Women Justice... read more »

Trinity Sophomore Tess Boade spent six weeks during the summer with Duke in Bologna. More information on her expereince of learning through immersion and activities is at #DukeIsEverywhere... read more »


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 »

Duke campus

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 »