For Future Students

In today’s transnational world where speaking several languages is a way of life, a knowledge of Romance languages, literatures and cultures is proving indispensable. Such a study opens up Europe and Africa, the Americas and Asia, their deep histories as well as their rich variety of contemporary creative experimentation. Within North America, close ties between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and the growing importance of Latino/a and Francophone communities make French and Spanish an integral part of our own culture.

Study of Romance languages equips you to enter debates and pursue research, learning to think with these many communities across the globe. With this background, you are prepared for exciting international opportunities, whether you elect to undertake further specialized study in one or more of the Romance languages, literatures, and cultures following graduation, or decide instead to use their knowledge and experience to enhance their career opportunities in publishing and journalism, management and law, environmental science, social services, or medicine.

For more information, or to explore options in more detail feel free to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  If you have other questions about Humanities at Duke, you may also find useful information at or contact Dr. Jules Odendahl-James, the director of academic engagement in the humanities at

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Creole, French, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish