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Doctor of Philosophy in French

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements


Completion of the M.A. degree at KU or a comparable institution. Applicants holding the M.A. in a discipline other than French may be required to take a qualifying examination.


The following requirements are in addition to general requirements and those outlined above for the master’s degree in French.

  • 30 hours beyond the M.A. (excluding dissertation hours).
  • FREN 610 Thème et Version or FREN 620 Expository French Writing
  • FREN 700 Old French
  • FREN 704 Methods in French Language Instruction
  • FREN 720 Introduction to Graduate Studies in French
  • FREN 810 Criticism and Critical Methods
  • Proficiency in a second language, which can be a second Romance language, Latin, Greek, German, Arabic, or another language pertinent to the student’s career path and approved by the faculty. (Students specializing in medieval or Renaissance literature are strongly encouraged to take Latin.) Proficiency may be demonstrated by completion of the fourth-semester course (or equivalent) or by examination.
  • A satisfactory command of written and spoken French and a reasonable familiarity with the history and civilization of France and the francophone world.
  • Completion of at least 1 year of teaching in the department.
  • Such courses as the department may prescribe to ensure a broad grasp of the major field and the proper preparation for original research in the specific area of the dissertation. The comprehensive examinations in French are both written and oral.
  • Completion and defense of a satisfactory dissertation.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A detailed presentation of departmental regulations is included in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook.

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