PhD Program

The Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. allows specialization in a period of French literature, in African and New World literatures and cultures, in French civilization/culture, and in specific critical approaches to literature. The programs leading to these degrees have been carefully designed by the entire faculty to meet specific practical and intellectual goals.The Ph.D. is a closely supervised research degree, emphasizing (1) extensive advanced work in at least two related fields of French studies; (2) a high degree of sophistication in appropriate aspects of theory and methods; and (3) proficiency in the expository, investigative and linguistic skills required in the chief modes of professional writing.

Recent graduates from the UVA's doctoral program are currently working as senior lecturers and visiting, tenure-track, or tenured professors at a variety of diverse institutions, including, Clemson University, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Hillsdale College, Kenyon College, University of Kentucky, Kent State University, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Randolph Macon College, Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, (updated Oct. 2015).  Others have secured successful post-academic careers in fields such as higher education administration, secondary school teaching, and foreign policy.

Dissertation Proposal Form      

Doctoral Committee Declaration Form

PhD Preliminary Exam