M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies at Penn State

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The Department of French & Francophone Studies at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting outstanding candidates for advanced study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. We are able to provide all of our full-time students with generous financial support and full tuition grants. We welcome applicants from historically underrepresented groups, for whom additional internal fellowships are often available. The deadline for submission of applications is January 15, 2019.

Penn State’s French and Francophone Studies graduate program is unique for its long-established Ph.D. specializations in Literature and Culture and Society and an interdisciplinary orientation that fosters innovative approaches to a broad variety of objects of study. We offer three distinctive dual degrees.  The first grants students a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (a top-ranked department nationally).  The second grants students a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies and African Studies. The third grants a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies and Visual Studies. Faculty expertise spans women’s, gender and sexuality studies, colonial history and Francophone studies, linguistics, early modern studies, theater and film studies, material culture and aesthetics, cultural theory, popular and media culture, and Jewish studies. Faculty and students also work on areas beyond metropolitan France, such as the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, North and West Africa and Québec.  Digital scholarship figures among our areas of strength.

As a community, our department embraces and supports its students and faculty.  Our graduate students play a crucial role by bringing their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the table.  We aspire to include everyone in our individual and collective engagement with shaping the production and sharing of knowledge about and throughout the francophone world. 

Our students receive extensive pedagogical training and teach courses in language, literature, culture, and linguistics at all undergraduate levels. Grants to support our students’ conference travel and dissertation research are available through a variety of internal sources, including Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.  In addition, the Department offers the opportunity to participate in year-long exchange programs with the Université de Strasbourg and the Université Lumière Lyon 2. Finally, students in FFS benefit from numerous initiatives, academic programs, and centers within Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, including Humanities in a Digital Age, Rock Ethics Institute, Committee for Early Modern Studies, Centers for Global Studies, for Humanities and Information, and for Democratic Deliberation, and a graduate minor in Social Thought.

For further information on the Department of French and Francophone Studies, its graduate program and the application procedure, please visit our website at http://www.french.psu.edu/ or contact Jean-Claude Vuillemin, Director of Graduate Studies and Liberal Arts Research Professor of French Literature, at jcvuillemin@psu.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Salutations étasuniennes cordiales.