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French Studies

The graduate program in French Studies is the home of advanced studies in French and Francophone literatures, language, and civilization.

Faculty expertise encompasses many fields, from the Middle Ages to the present in several French-speaking societies and countries. Students receive training and guidance in literary and cultural theory, critical methods, research and teaching applications of information technology, modern linguistics, narratology, hermeneutics, and sociocultural and psychoanalytic interpretation. Focal areas of research include the historical interactions between French-speaking cultures, questions of gender and race, and relations between writing, cinema, and philosophical thought.

Additional resources: Lectures by invited speakers, films and conferences, extensive library collections, exchange programs with the Universities of Lyon and Burgundy, and computer facilities and study areas in Rochambeau House.

Completion Requirements
A.M.: Strong proficiency in the French language, substantial knowledge of French literature, two years of course work, reading knowledge of a foreign language other than French, master's thesis. Under most circumstances, the A.M. is only awarded as part of the Ph.D. track.

Ph.D.: Sixteen courses at the 100 and 200 levels (including two mandatory courses: History of the French Language and Theory and Methods of Foreign Language Teaching), departmental tutorials, relevant courses in other departments. Also required: two foreign languages other than French at the intermediate level or one at an advanced level, two semesters of teaching, preliminary examination during third year, dissertation, and oral defense.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Writing sample required (in French). Applications should be completed in English, except for the writing sample.

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 1