The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, provides study in the language, literature, and cultures of France. Students who are enrolled in the program complete an emphasis in French literature, the Romance languages and literatures, interdisciplinary studies, or comparative literature.
Students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, are required to complete courses in French literature. The six traditional fields of French literature are listed below:
Medieval literature and Old French language
In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.
To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, an applicant must:
- Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
- Have three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant's ability to pursue advanced graduate study forward letters of recommendation to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:
- A master's degree in French or a total of 30 credits of approved course work.
- A grade–point average of at least 3.00 in undergraduate French language and literature courses.
Initially, the student's guidance committee usually consists of five or six faculty members. After the student has passed the comprehensive examinations, the committee consists of four faculty members including the chairperson of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in French, Language and Literature
The student must:
- Pass the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy Qualifying Examination in French. The student must take this examination before the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program. This examination is given once in the Fall and once in the Spring. A student who fails this examination may retake it only once, the next time it is offered.
- Complete the following courses:
ROM 800 Research Methods and Bibliography of the Romance Languages (1)
ROM 805 Topics in Critical Theory (2)
- Complete one of the following concentrations. Courses that were completed prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, may be used to satisfy this requirement.
- French Literature:
- At least two courses at the 800 level or above in each of the six fields of French literature listed above.
- Romance Languages and Literatures:
- At least two courses at the 800 level or above in each of four of the six fields of French literature listed above.
- At least two courses in each of two of the traditional fields in a minor literature (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, or Latin).
- Interdisciplinary Studies:
- At least six courses at the 800 level or above from the six fields of French literature listed above including:
- At least two courses in each of two of the fields.
- At least one course in each of two of the remaining fields.
- At least two courses in a cognate area related to French literature.
- At least four courses from one or more of the following areas: linguistics, pedagogy, and cultural studies.
- Complete additional courses as required by the student’s guidance committee.
- Demonstrate a reading proficiency in two languages other than French or English that have a body of literature or criticism relevant to the student's area of concentration. Students are encouraged to choose Latin as one of the two languages.
- Teach at least one college–level course in French.
- Pass a four-part comprehensive examination that corresponds to the student's concentration. The four parts include:
- A four-hour written examination in the student’s primary field as defined by the student in consultation with the guidance committee.
- A four-hour written examination in the student’s secondary field as defined by the student in consultation with the guidance committee.
- A 25-page dissertation prospectus, including an extensive bibliography. A description of the problems that are anticipated and the methodology that is to be employed in the project shall be included in the prospectus.
- An oral examination related to items 7.a., 7.b., and 7.c. The student must complete items 7.a., 7.b., and 7.c. prior to taking the oral examination.
The examinations are based upon the student’s course work and reading lists and administered by the student’s guidance committee after the student has completed all of the courses that are required for the degree, excluding French 999.
A student who fails any part of the comprehensive examination may retake that examination only once.
- Submit a dissertation based on original research which demonstrates a sensitivity to literary values, sound critical judgment, and mastery of subject matter.