French Modern Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

All doctoral students are required to complete 24 credits beyond the M.A. in addition to 12 credits of FREN899. Students must also demonstrate reading knowledge of one other foreign language in addition to French.

Ph.D. students are required to take for credit a minimum of 8 courses beyond the M.A. at the 600-level or above. They are also required to pass two Qualifying Examinations consisting of a two-part Comprehensive Examination (first written, then oral, taken over two consecutive days by the end of the third semester in the PhD program) and the defense of a written Dissertation Prospectus (scheduled by the end of the fourth semester in the PhD program) before being advanced to candidacy. Ph.D. candidates then go on to write and defend a dissertation that explores significant questions about French-language literature and culture, past or present, hexagonal or extra-hexagonal.

All Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate a sound reading knowledge of one other foreign language in addition to French. A student having a recognized degree or diploma in a subsidiary area such as Music, Economics, Political Science, etc, and who plans to make substantial use of this body of knowledge for the dissertation may be permitted, with the approval of the Graduate Programs Committee, to substitute such degree or diploma for the additional foreign language requirement.

All requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except the dissertation, must be completed within five years of admission to the program. The dissertation must be completed no more than four years after advancement to candidacy. (See department website for additional information)

Course Title Credits
History of Ideas course3
Issues in Literature course3
History of the French Language course3
Remainder of coursework15
Teaching Assistants must complete the following:
College Teaching of French
The Structure of the French Language
Dissertation Research Requirements
FREN899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits36