What are the prerequisites for admission to the Ph.D. program in French?
To qualify for graduate work in the department, the candidate must show evidence of extensive knowledge of French literature, enthusiasm and aptitude for research, and competence, both written and oral, in the language. A broad training in the humanities is advantageous.
What additional language preparation is required?
Students must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in two modern languages other than French and English or in one other modern language and Latin, normally before the end of the second year of study.
What other factors are taken into consideration for admission to the program?
In addition to educational background and language preparation, the department gives careful consideration to the candidate’s personal statement and writing sample, to letters of recommendation, and to standardized test scores.
What kind of writing sample should be included with the application?
The writing sample should represent recent work on a topic relevant to the program, preferably in French, and should not exceed roughly twenty pages.
Does the department encourage interdisciplinary work?
Interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged. The department recommends that students take at least one seminar outside of French and Italian, and many students take more than one.
Is it possible for a candidate with substantial postgraduate work to follow an accelerated program?
In the case of students with unusually extensive preparation (that is, having proceeded to the M.A. or beyond), the department has on occasion granted permission to take the general examination after three semesters of course work.