FLL Graduate French Studies Program

"Il n'est pas inutile de noter que des prosateurs et des penseurs parmi les plus engageants de ces dernières décennies enseignent presque tous outre-Atlantique. Depuis les campus de
New York, de l'UCLA ou d'Albuquerque, ils jardinent le vaste monde, étreignent leurs semblables, mêlent les genres et inventent les rêves habitables pour demain."

"It is not insignificant to point out that the most engaging writers and thinkers of recent decades have by and large been teaching in North America. From the campuses of New York, UCLA, and Albuquerque, they have been cultivating the larger world, embracing their communities, mixing genres and inventing livable dreams for tomorrow."

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in French. The graduate program in French provides a rigorous and comprehensive training in French literary history, theory and criticism. The research and teaching interests of our faculty are deeply interdisciplinary, extending the study of literature and culture to fields such as aesthetics, continental philosophy, cinema studies, law, political history, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and gender, colonial and postcolonial studies. We collaborate closely with the program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies to offer a broad spectrum of courses that reflect the intersection between literature and other domains of intellectual inquiry. Faculty expertise ranges from the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and post-Revolutionary French literature and culture to contemporary French and Francophone studies. Within the Francophone world, faculty members teach and conduct research on North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Québec, as well as immigrant communities in France.

We believe in the close mentoring and careful training of a select number of future scholars and teachers. This means that our students receive the personal attention that is essential for success in a highly competitive profession, and which is not usually available in larger programs elsewhere. The small size of our graduate seminars creates a learning environment that is both intellectually stimulating and supportive. We provide financial support through Teaching Assistanships and Graduate Assistanships, in addition to funding for participation in scholarly conferences. Students can also benefit from training in language pedagogy, professional development workshops, and a year-long exchange program with the Université de Haute-Savoie (Chambéry) in France. While offering every advantage of a large research institution, our program retains its individual character to ensure a training that is challenging as well as collaborative. Our M.A. graduates have been accepted into strong Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, Brown, Rutgers, Duke and the University of Pennsylvania. Recent Ph.D. graduates have obtained full time teaching positions at Princeton, Duke, UTEP, and the University of N. Texas at Denton.

Graduate Advisor - Stephen Bishop

French Degree Requirements 


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