University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

French - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Irvine offers a PhD degree in French  w/ strong theoretical and multidisciplinary orientation. Besides exercising specialties in the field of French and Francophone literatures, its faculty members are actively involved in related disciplines such as critical theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, women's studies, cultural studies and comparative literature. The orientation of the program in French is a result of the faculty's sense, despite individual differences in fields of interest and approach, that the analysis of discourse and its strategies, vocabularies, structures, presuppositions, and goals constitutes the principal object of literary study.

The theoretical and multi-disciplinary approach to literature is a demanding one, requiring both a knowledge of the specific disciplines brought together and a critical awareness of its own strategies and concepts. Our PhD program provides students w/ necessary tools for advanced literary study, so conceived. Our small student-faculty seminars stimulate intellectual exchange allowing our students and faculty to explore literature written in French within the context of relevant historical, cultural or theoretical issues. They raise questions engaged by literary discourse and they study critically the theories formulated to account for literature and its contexts.

The Department offers two tracks toward the Ph.D. in French: 1) Studies in French and Francophone Literature and Culture; and an 2) Interdisciplinary Option in French and Francophone Studies. The second option reflects the interdisciplinary teaching and research interests of the faculty and the increasingly comparative nature of French and Francophone studies across the country. It should appeal to students interested in a double specialization or who a


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

Your Official college/university MUST send two original transcripts directly to the French Department. Non-English documents MUST be sent with a certified & complete exact English translation. Official evidence of degree conferral, if not on transcript,MUST also be provided. Applicants whose primary language is not English, or is a citizen of a country where English is not the primary or dominant language, are required to submit TOEFL(w/minimum paper-based test score of 550 or computer-based score of 213) OR an Overall IELTS scores of 7 w/no band score below 6. If you want to serve as a teaching asst., additional requirements exist; contact our PhD Coordinator. You must request ETS to forward scores directly to UC Irvine (institution code R4859). If admitted, applicants will be required to certify,on a UC Irvine confidential form, that they possess sufficient funds($$) to cover all fees,transportation,& living expenses for their 1st year of studies at UC Irvine.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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