The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers PhD programs in French Language and Literature and in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, preparing students for careers in university teaching and research. With our faculty's wide-ranging expertise, graduate students have opportunities to specialize and train in many areas of French, Francophone, Latin American, and Iberian cultures. We offer a broad range of training from medieval through contemporary, with opportunities to concentrate in a variety of different areas that reflect the areas of expertise of our faculty, including migrations and communities; popular literacy and cultural memory; early modern and modern cultural production; the intersections of literature, art, and the sciences; modernities and postmodernities; visual cultures and performance; and linguistics and language learning. The department also offers the Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction, which is open to PhD students in other disciplines as well as to those in the department's own graduate programs.

In both programs, students receive six years of funding (five if admitted with a master's degree). Two years of this funding generally come in the form of first-year and dissertation fellowships, entailing no teaching; the rest comes as teaching assistantships.

Contact Information

For information on the combined degrees, PhD in French & Comparative Literature and PhD in Spanish & Comparative Literature, consult the Comparative Literature program.

PhD program in French Language and Literature website: http://rll.wustl.edu/french/grad

PhD program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures website: http://rll.wustl.edu/spanish/grad

Phone:314-935-5175
Email:rll@wustl.edu

Students in both programs take a required seminar in language teaching methodology, in addition to the requirements specified below. Optional pedagogical or interdisciplinary training can be acquired by means of one of the Graduate School's certificate programs.

PhD in French Language and Literature

For the PhD in French Language and Literature, students take courses in all areas of French and Francophone studies, and may take up to two courses outside French, for a total of 60 credits at the graduate level. In their fourth semester, students take the AM exam. In the semester after they finish their course work, students take their PhD exams, consisting of three written examinations and one oral examination by the full faculty, followed by a dissertation prospectus defense before their thesis committee of three faculty members. Students then have approximately two years to complete research and writing of their dissertations, which they defend in the last semester of their programs.

PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures

For the PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, students take courses in all areas of Latin American and Iberian studies and may take up to two courses outside Spanish. In the third semester, students take a comprehensive exam that tests their knowledge of some 60 texts from all periods of Spanish and Latin American Literature. Having passed their comprehensive exams, students proceed to a qualifying exam in their sixth semester based on lists that students develop with their faculty advisers. In their eighth semester, students submit an extended prospectus and a draft of a chapter. The student will then defend the prospectus and the chapter to a committee of four faculty members in a one-hour oral exam. Students then research, write, defend, and submit their doctoral dissertation in the course of the next two years.

Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction

In order to provide our graduate students with additional qualifications and formal training that will make them strongly prepared for a range of demanding academic positions, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers the Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction for students enrolled in PhD programs at Washington University.

The Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction is an interdisciplinary certificate related to the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psychology, neuroscience, and other disciplines that have important implications for the way we teach foreign languages. Study within these different fields provides a fascinating examination of how second languages are learned and how second language is generated by learners. An understanding of second language acquisition processes both enriches our knowledge of how the mind works and serves to better inform the ways that foreign language teachers design and implement curricular approaches for different levels and skills.

PhD students must apply to be considered for the certificate program at the beginning of their doctoral course work; AM students are not eligible for consideration. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee twice a year, in October and March. The certificate consists of five courses: three required courses and two electives.

The goal of the five-course sequence is to provide certificate students with a solid base in the theoretical and instructional implications of research on language acquisition across different linguistic subsystems (phonology, lexis, syntax, pragmatics) and different linguistic modalities (spoken and written). This formation will also prepare students to be involved in language program design and curricular development.

Website: http://rll.wustl.edu/cert/langinstruction
Email: barcroft@wustl.edu
Phone: 314-935-7951

Chair

Michael Sherberg
Professor of Italian
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Endowed Professors

Mabel Moraña
William H. Gass Professor in Arts & Sciences; Director of Latin American Studies Program
PhD, University of Minnesota

Elzbieta Sklodowska
Randolph Professor in Arts & Sciences
PhD, Washington University

Professors

Joe Barcroft
Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pascal Ifri
Professor of French
PhD, Brown University

Rebecca Messbarger
Professor of Italian
PhD, University of Chicago

Stamos Metzidakis
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
PhD, Columbia University

Joseph Schraibman
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Harriet A. Stone
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
PhD, Brown University

Akiko Tsuchiya
Professor of Spanish
PhD, Cornell University

Colette H. Winn
Professor of French
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Associate Professors

William Acree
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

J. Andrew Brown
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of Virginia

Tili Boon Cuillé
Associate Professor of French
PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Nina Cox Davis
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Seth Graebner
Associate Professor of French
PhD, Harvard University

Stephanie Kirk
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, New York University

Tabea Linhard
Associate Professor
PhD, Duke University

Eloísa Palafox
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Michigan State University

Ignacio Sánchez-Prado
Associate of Spanish
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Julie Singer
Associate Professor of French
PhD, Duke University

Assistant Professors

Javier García-Liendo
Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD, Princeton University

Ignacio Infante
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish
PhD, Rutgers University

Professor Emerita

Elyane Dezon-Jones
Professor of French
Doctorat de 3e Cycle, University of Paris

Professor Emeritus

Michel Rybalka
Professor of French
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles