French and Francophone Studies

Degree Types: PhD

The PhD Program in French and Francophone Studies focuses on literary and cultural production from the Francophone world. The program is distinguished by a deep exploration of the continued impact French literature and culture has on modern literary theory, philosophy, and critical thought.

The research and teaching of our faculty exhibits particular strength in the areas of twentieth-century literature and contemporary theory, film and visual culture across periods, Francophone studies, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies, and gender studies.

The program is strongly committed to interdisciplinary study and allows students to tailor courses to extend beyond traditional boundaries. Students benefit from a wide array of resources - including Northwestern Library's outstanding Africana collection - and from close interaction with experts in related fields of gender studies, film, art history, philosophy, and comparative literature.

See the French and Francophone Studies Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

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