The Ph.D. builds on a solid core of course work in French Studies and includes as well a concentration in an interdisciplinary subfield that may be fulfilled entirely or in part through courses taken in other departments or programs. The degree is interdisciplinary and integrative, drawing on diverse fields for a broad methodological base.
Students must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours, including transfer work and work already presented for the M.A. degree. For students entering with a B.A., it is expected that course work will be completed by the beginning of the third year of study. Students will graduate with a Ph.D. in French Studies and a concentration in one of five integrated areas:
The Ph.D. will be conferred on the basis of completed course work, qualifying exams, and reading competence in two languages pertinent to field of study, such as Arabic, Creole (both taught within the Department), Spanish, Italian, Latin, or German.
For more information on the requirements for the Ph.D., see the Graduate Student Handbook.
Course work at the M.A. level aims to establish a comprehensive knowledge of French and Francophone literature, historically organized, as well as an acquaintance with linguistics, literary theory, and the techniques of literary scholarship.
The minimum course requirements for the M.A. degree in French are 36 semester hours, taken within the department. A minimum of 3 credits of 7000-level courses is required for the M.A.
French 6050 (“Teaching French”) and French 6150 (“Critical Theory”) are required of all M.A. students and must be taken in the first semester that they are offered after the student enters the program.
The M.A. will be conferred on the basis of completed course work, the defense of a research paper written under supervision of a faculty member and a second reader, and reading competence in a language pertinent to field of study, such as Arabic, Creole (both taught within the Department), Spanish, Italian, Latin, or German.
For more information on the requirements for the M.A., see the Graduate Student Handbook.