The Department of French and Francophone Studies at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting outstanding candidates for advanced study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Since our program is selective, 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 minorities, for whom additional internal fellowships are often available.
Penn State’s French and Francophone Studies graduate program is unique for having designed long-established Ph.D. specializations in Civilization and Literature with an interdisciplinary orientation that fosters innovative approaches to a broad variety of objects of study. Faculty expertise spans early modern studies, theatre and film studies, colonial history and Francophone studies, material culture and aesthetics, cultural theory, popular and media cultures, Jewish studies. We offer, as well, a distinctive dual degree in French and Women’s Studies. Our students receive extensive pedagogical training and have the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses.
Our thriving department provides a supportive environment in which faculty members dedicate themselves to the intellectual and professional development of graduate students. With over twenty graduate students in residence and twelve full-time faculty members, each student receives individual attention and consistent mentoring. As a result, the Department has been very successful with job placement and graduate student grantsmanship throughout the years. Institutions in which our graduates hold tenured positions include Indiana University, the University of Louisville, Dickinson College, and the College of William & Mary.
Each year the program, along with partnering departments across the university, welcomes distinguished scholars who contribute to the intellectual diversity of Penn State’s academic culture. Grants to support our students’ conference travel and dissertation research are available through a variety of internal sources. In addition, the Department offers the opportunity to participate in year-long graduate exchange programs with the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg II) and the Université Lumière Lyon 2.
Penn State is recognized as a prominent institution of higher education and research, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, American Research Association, Universities Research Association, Big Ten Conference and World University Network. Penn State’s libraries are also ranked among the top public libraries in the United States, and benefit from a generous endowment in the areas of French and Francophone Studies.
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 Willa Z. Silverman, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of French and Jewish Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Professor of French and Jewish Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of French and
Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty, 2011-2013
Dept. of French and Francophone Studies - 315 Burrowes
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
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