The Department of Romance Studies at Duke University offers doctoral programs in French and Francophone, Italian, Spanish and Latin American literatures. It also offers an innovative Ph.D. track in comparative Romance Studies for students who want to combine two linguistic traditions in their research plans.
Our graduate curriculum explores the rich traditions of Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian cultures, both in their countries of origin, and in the cultures of diaspora including Latin America, the Caribbean, Quebec, and the Chicano border. Our research covers, both historically and geographically, an extensive area of the planet: from Europe to Africa and South America, from the Caribbean to the Philippines, from the Mediterranean to Indochina and the Mauritius islands. The cultures taught in Romance Studies are those of the earliest European and American vernaculars, and of the Renaissance, but also those of postmodernism; those of the Enlightenment, and of deconstruction; of European hegemony, and of Muslim Al-Andalus and Sicily; of European colonialism, but also those of the de-colonial thought of Franz Fanon, Antonio Gramsci, and Amilcal Cabral.
Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999