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

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 »

The French studies department has changed my future forever and for the better. Having started my journey in college with no plans to major in anything other than Biology, I stepped into my French classes and new horizons opened up in front of my... read more »

Romance Studies was a great major that allowed me to explore my non-medical interests while at Duke. Not only did this allow me to stand apart from other applicants in the medical school application process, but it also allowed me to be a more well-... read more »

Karla Beltran, one of Romance Studies’ senior French majors has just published an article in Le Confident, the most serious newspaper in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.  Beltran completed this work as an... read more »

Class of 2017 Romance Studies graduate Lydia Bradford is being recognized for having written the first Honors Thesis in Haitian Creole at Duke (and possibly at any university in the United States, according to her thesis advisor, Deborah Jenson... read more »

The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Emily Aarons - The Richard L. Predmore Award for Excellence in Spanish Benjamin Brissette - The Richard L. Predmore Award for... read more »