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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):
  • 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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