Program Overview

We offer PhD programs in 3 areas of study: French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, and Italian Studies. Our students are supported by faculty members within and outside the department and we encourage students to take advantage of the University's many interdisciplinary programs. 

Our department does not offer a terminal MA degree. Those interested in master's level work should consider the one-year Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH). Directed by senior faculty in the Division of the Humanities, MAPH provides students with strong pedagogical support, including a core course in interpretive theory and master's thesis workshops. 

Size of the Program

There are approximately 5 to 8 students in each year's Ph.D. cohort. 

Time to Completion

Each program has slightly different requirements but all PhD students in Romance Languages and Literatures should be ABD (All But Dissertation) by the end of their third year. A general program of study summary is below:

  • Year 1: Coursework; preparation for language requirements; first-year exam
  • Year 2: Completion of coursework; fulfill language requirement; preparation for written and oral comprehensive exams
  • Year 3: Comprehensive exams;  fulfill language requirement (if necessary); complete dissertation proposal and colloquium
  • Year 4: Dissertation research and writing; applications for dissertation-year fellowships.
  • Year 5: Dissertation research and writing; job applications.


All Romance Languages and Literatures PhD students are awarded 5-year fellowships that include a stipend, full tuition, and health insurance coverage. Students starting the program in 2015–16 received a stipend and teaching remuneration of $28,000 over 12 months.

The Division of the Humanities has additional information on the types of financial support available to doctoral students.

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