Romance Studies, B.A. | Duke University | Durham, United States
48 months
62941 USD/year
62941 USD/year
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The Bachelor in Romance Studies programme at Duke University involves advanced study in two of the department’s language/culture sections and an international and experiential learning experience.


Our faculty mentor and guide our students from their initial steps learning the basics of the language to their intellectual and professional engagement with native cultures and their speakers. While our discipline is rooted in the philological and literary methods, Romance Studies’ excellent faculty specializes in health humanities, critical race studies, decoloniality, intellectual history, translation, visual studies, service learning, gender and sexuality studies, modernism, critical economics, and linguistic rights, among others, all studied through a rigorous frame. Using these critical lenses, we also help students understand and find viable, collaborative and sustainable solutions to pressing global issues that communities face, such as healthcare, education, and human rights.

This Bachelor in Romance Studies programme offered by Duke University consists of foreign language study at the major level (300 level or above taught in the language) within two departmental fields. Example combinations include: two continental fields, for example peninsular Spanish and Italian; two fields encompassing the diversity of cultures and engagement in the “developing” and the “developed” worlds, such Creole and French; or two fields in geographically proximate postcolonial spaces such as lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) and francophone Africa, or Spanish and Portuguese-speaking environments in South America. Our course requirements are paired with international/experiential learning requirements.

Study Option

Students with unusual depth of study in Creole or Portuguese may petition the Romance Studies faculty to substitute one sequence of five foreign language departmental courses with a combination of three courses and a required thesis (involving two semesters of independent study courses) in Creole or Portuguese. The Romance Studies major in French, Italian, or Spanish and Creole or Portuguese therefore requires unusual initiative and experience in the field of either Creole or Portuguese. Petitions to undertake this option must include a one-page abstract of the project, a bibliography, and the names of three committee members who have consented to serve on the thesis committee.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Latin American Cinema
  • The Worlds of Cervantes
  • Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Special Topics in Romance Studies.
  • Cognition, Identity, and Linguistic (Human) Rights
  • Europe in Theory
  • Imagining Europe: Arts, Culture, Politics
  • Machiavellian Persuasion: Rhetoric from Plato's Cave to Political 'Spin'
  • The Problem of Love in Western Literature
  • Modern European Short Fiction
  • Language and Identity
  • Language, Thought, and Culture
  • Trauma and Global Mental Health in Haiti
  • Capoeira: Practice and Culture
  • The Creative Brain: Literature, Arts & Cognition
  • Italian Baroque Art
  • Women and Power in the Renaissance
  • Drawing Foundations in Early Modern Europe
  • Duke Administered Study Abroad: Topics in Romance Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts for all academic work completed in high school are required and must be submitted by your school counselor or another school official
  • All applicants must complete either the ACT or SAT
  • If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we recommend but do not require that you take an English proficiency test (DUOLINGO, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)
  • A one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke
  • We require three letters of recommendation for each applicant: one from your school counselor and two from teachers who have taught you in major academic courses (English, mathematics, social studies, sciences, foreign languages)
  • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
  • To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country’s U.S. consulate with proof of ability to meet educational expenses, along with the I-20 form.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
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