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Ph.D. Program in French and Women's Studies

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Dual-Title PROGRAM

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are highly recommended. Applicants for Graduate School fellowships are required to submit GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical test scores, or other accepted test scores approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the General Information section of the Graduate Bulletin.

 A speech sample in French or English is required of all applicants (in French for Anglophones, in English for Francophones and in both languages for native speakers of languages other than English and French). This three-to-five minute recording should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to speak extemporaneously and coherently about his/her study and career goals. In addition, a written text must be submitted (in French for Anglophone and speakers of other foreign languages and in English for Francophones) on a literary or cultural topic. A Master’s paper or thesis could also be appended. Both the oral and the written samples must accompany the application. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.20 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Dual-Title Degree IN LIterature OR Civilization
Course Requirements (30-42 credits beyond MA)

  • French 571: Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
  • French 580: Approaches to French Civilization (3)
  • Women’s Studies 501: Feminist Perspectives in Research and Teaching (3)
  • Women’s Studies 502: Global Feminism (3) or a 597 Special Topics course taught by a core Women’s Studies faculty member (3)
  • Women’s Studies 507: Feminist Theory (3)   
  • A further twenty-one credits selected in consultation with the advisor, of which nine credits must be Women’s Studies approved
  • Six credits of elective study


Candidacy Exam 

See the appropriate specialization in the handbook. Research plan to be Women's Studies related.

Comprehensive Exam

See the appropriate specialization in the handbook. The four area reading lists will incorporate the student’s focus on Women’s Studies.

Language requirements

Second Foreign Language: Reading proficiency in two foreign languages or advanced level in one foreign language.

English Language Proficiency

The Graduate School requires that all students (international and domestic) demonstrate proficiency in English. English language proficiency may be demonstrated by presenting a conference paper, or by successful completion of French 581 or another graduate course taught in English. Proof of English language proficiency must be provided before the scheduling of the Comprehensive Examination. Please check with our Department’s Graduate Staff Assistant to verify completion of this requirement.

Committee composition

In the hypothetical situation where proficiency in French might become an issue and with the approval of the committee chair and the Women’s Studies Director, an exception could be made to the 2/4 committee composition and allow for one out of three (instead of two out of four) members to be Women’s Studies affiliated.