Degrees

PhD with MA en route in French Language and Literature

In this six-year program, students

  • complete thirteen 2000-level courses
  • take MA and PhD comprehensive exams
  • research and write a doctoral dissertation on an aspect of French or Francophone literature and culture.

The degree is intended for students who wish to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in French Language and Literature but who do not already hold an M.A. in this field or in a closely-related discipline.  Students must first successfully complete the requirements for the M.A. in French Language and Literature, normally within their first two years of full-time enrollment. Students doing the Ph.D. with the M.A. en route will be awarded an M.A. degree at the completion of these requirements.

PhD in French Language and Literature

In this five-year program, students complete eight 2000-level courses beyond the MA, take their PhD comprehensive exams, and research and write a doctoral dissertation on an aspect of French or Francophone literature and culture.

PhD in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French

The PhD in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree that allows students to work at the intersection of film and media studies and French and Francophone studies. Students will acquire a firm grounding in the disciplinary methodologies of both fields at all stages of the program. Film and media studies coursework stresses the history, theory, and aesthetics of international cinema, video, television, and new media. French department seminars anchor students in the literary and cultural history of France and Francophone countries, while enabling students to pursue theoretical, aesthetic, and historical questions in the broader field of film and media studies.

While the student will earn a PhD in Film and Media Studies (granted by the Film and Media Studies Program), he or she will also full member of the French and Italian Department and will fulfilling its requirements (many of which will overlap with those in Film and Media Studies). Students will receive pedagogical training and teaching experience in both Film and Media Studies and French language and culture. This degree thus equips students to craft a unique professional path which, given the increasing importance of visual culture in the teaching of French at all levels, will make them extremely desirable as educators and researchers.

PhD in French with a Concentration in Romance Languages and Literatures

This concentration requires a focus on the literatures of two major and one minor Romance language. Students completing this concentration are especially well prepared for teaching positions in departments of Romance and/or Modern languages.