French Language and Literature PhD

Before students may be considered for admission to candidacy for the PhD, they must successfully complete a minimum of eight 2000-level courses (24 credits) beyond the MA.

In addition, the candidate must present an oral explication de texte before a faculty committee, satisfy PhD language requirements, and pass written comprehensive examinations. The coursework must include:

  1. At least one French graduate course that takes a linguistic perspective (e.g., History of French, Readings in Old and Middle French).
  2. FR 2710 (if not taken at the M.A. level) and an additional course in literary or cultural theory.
  3. With the adviser's consent, students are free to take some of the additional required courses in other departments. Students in French are encouraged to pursue certification in one of the various programs offered by the University (Cultural Studies; EUCE; Film Studies; Medieval/Renaissance Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies). However, only three exterior courses may count towards the degree in French.  

In addition, the candidate must present an oral explication de texte before a faculty committee, satisfy Ph.D. language requirements (see Section VII below), and pass written comprehensive examinations. Students must also complete two substantial article-length papers (20-30 pages) of publishable quality, one in French and one in English, usually based on papers written in graduate seminars.

Upon admission to candidacy, the candidate will write and defend a doctoral dissertation.