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French Graduate Program

Ph.D. in French


Completion of M.A. degree at K.U. 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 those of the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • Thirty credit hours beyond the M.A (excluding dissertation hours)
  • The following courses (if not already taken at the M.A. level):
    FREN 720 Introduction to Graduate Studies in French
    This course is an introduction to the skills required of students doing graduate degrees in French; areas covered include 1) introduction to literary theory and criticism, 2) bibliography and research methods, including database management software, 3) preparation and presentations of a research/conference paper, 4) technology training, including web design, on-line portfolio, and digital humanities, and 5) professional ethics and awareness of the academic market and alternative careers. LEC.

    The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

    FREN 700 Old French
    Introduction to grammar and structure through the reading of representative works. LEC.

    The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

    FREN 610 Theme et Version
    Exercises in English-French and French-English translation, designed to enable the student to write with greater clarity and precision in both languages. LEC.
    Spring 2019
    Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
    LEC Bourgeois, Christine
    MW 09:30-10:45 AM WES 2066 - LAWRENCE
    3 78140
    FREN 620 Expository French Writing
    Intensive practice in writing French, designed to clarify fine points of grammar and usage and to aid the student in developing an accurate and graceful prose style. LEC.

    The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

    FREN 704 Methods in French Language Instruction
    This course provides an overview of current and historical approaches to foreign language teaching, with reference to the instruction of French. Past and current trends and methodologies of language instruction are examined in order to acquaint students with various classroom approaches. Research findings in second language acquisition are explored and their implications discussed so as to show how these findings lead to more effective classroom practices. LEC.

    The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

    FREN 810 Criticism and Critical Methods
    Literary criticism from historical, theoretical, and practical point of view. LEC.

    The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

  • Candidates for the Ph.D. must demonstrate 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 comprehensive written and oral examination in French
  • Completion and defense of a satisfactory dissertation


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