The Department of French welcomes applications from all students eager to pursue advanced study in French-language literature and culture.  We are deeply committed to fostering a dynamic and supportive community for scholars from a diverse array of backgrounds. The University of Virginia graduate program in French ranks among the top graduate programs in the nation. The scholarly range of the faculty, the diversity of research interests represented by the department, and the strong cross-disciplinary ties with other departments and programs assure that any student entering the program will quickly discover an atmosphere that cultivates rigorous intellectual engagement on a wide spectrum of issues. Whether interested in exploring subjects within fixed historical perimeters (e.g., the material culture of the medieval world, the horrors of the baroque, African orality, or Francophone cinema) or attracted to transhistorical topics (e.g., travel and exploration, text/image studies, or history and nostalgia), the prospective student is sure to find a vibrant community of faculty and fellow students interested in related issues.

For specific details about the doctoral program, see our Graduate Recruitment Brochure and the Department of French Graduate Handbook

Graduate Contacts

Director of Graduate Studies 

Maya Boutaghou
New Cabell Hall, Room 333
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904


2019-2020 Elected Representatives

MA Representative
Beau Bryan

Ph.D Representative
Elizabeth Harper

Newcomer Liaison
Kelley Rose

Representative to the Mediation Committee
Miller McLean

GSASC Representative
Jay Crowell

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Graduate Record represents the official repository for academic program requirements. Click here for the official Graduate Record publication.