Language Requirement

Ph.D. Program

All doctoral candidates must demonstrate spoken and/or written competence in at least one language other than their native tongue that is applicable to their planned research program. This requirement may be satisfied by taking a departmentally designed language test or, alternatively, by submitting acceptable evidence of sufficient coursework or other background in the language. To the end of gaining the necessary competence, you are strongly encouraged to seek out and attend intensive summer language courses as early in your graduate career as possible. The department, whenever possible, will endeavor to contribute funds toward the expenses of such intensive courses.

Language Offerings at Duke

Review the Language at Duke website to see our course offerings. Please also be aware that you can take courses at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Certificate Program

Students pursuing the Certificate in History and Cultural Anthropology to augment their doctoral studies should follow the language requirement of that program.