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Orlando, Valerie, Full Member

Graduate Director

Frisch, Andrea, Full Member


Brami, Joseph, Full Member

Frisch, Andrea, Full Member

Mossman, Carol A., Full Member

Orlando, Valerie, Full Member

Associate Professor

Benharrech, Sarah, Full Member

Campangne, Herve Thomas, Full Member

Eades, Caroline M., Full Member

Falvo, Joseph D., Full Member

Scullen, Mary Ellen, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Baillargeon, Mercedes, Adjunct Member

University Affiliate

Clough, Lauretta, Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Hage, Madeleine C., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Verdaguer, Pierre M., Full Member

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Modern French Studies (FRMS)   

Program Title and Classification

Modern French Studies

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Ph.D. in French Modern Studies encompasses the Renaissance to the present. The diversity of the Graduate Faculty makes it possible for students to specialize in a wide variety of areas in French language, literature, film, and culture. The Department is part of a larger School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures that encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary scholarship, particularly in Film Studies and in Cultural Studies. Through consortia arrangements with universities in the area, including George Washington University and Georgetown University, students may augment their programs with courses otherwise unavailable at the University of Maryland.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

All applicants are automatically considered for departmental Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete 24 credits beyond the M.A. in addition to 12 credits of FREN 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students must also demonstrate reading knowledge of one other foreign language in addition to French. 

Coursework must include:

History of Ideas course (3 credits)

Issues in Literature course (3 credits)

History of the French Language course (3 credits)

Teaching Assistants must complete the following:

FREN 709: College Teaching of French (1 credit)

FREN 611: The Structure of the French Language (3 credits)


Ph.D. students are required to take for credit a minimum of 8 courses beyond the M.A. at the 600-level or above. They are also required to pass two Qualifying Examinations consisting of a two-part Comprehensive Examination (first written, then oral, taken over two consecutive days by the end of the third semester in the PhD program) and the defense of a written Dissertation Prospectus (scheduled by the end of the fourth semester in the PhD program) before being advanced to candidacy. Ph.D. candidates then go on to write and defend a dissertation that explores significant questions about French-language literature and culture, past or present, hexagonal or extra-hexagonal.

All Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate a sound reading knowledge of one other foreign language in addition to French. A student having a recognized degree or diploma in a subsidiary area such as Music, Economics, Political Science, etc, and who plans to make substantial use of this body of knowledge for the dissertation may be permitted, with the approval of the Graduate Programs Committee, to substitute such degree or diploma for the additional foreign language requirement.

All requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except the dissertation, must be completed within five years of admission to the program. The dissertation must be completed no more than four years after advancement to candidacy. (See department website for additional information)


Facilities and Special Resources

With a total student enrollment of over 35,000, the University of Maryland is supported in its academic endeavors by the University Libraries, a system of eight libraries and more than three million volumes. Other area research facilities include two of the worlds outstanding libraries: the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, both of which have extensive holdings in French. The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Women’s Studies Program, and the David C. Driskell Center For The Study of The Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and The African Diaspora, among other campus units, offer seminars, lectures, and symposia on a wide variety of topics relevant to graduate students in French.

Financial Assistance

Graduate applicants can request to be considered for Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships. Graduate Teaching Assistantships carry ten-month stipends for a total of four years (provided that the student remains in good standing), plus remission of all fees (10 credits) other than those for registration and health facilities.

Contact Statement

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the department’s Web site ( and by writing to:



Caroline Eades, Associate Professor & Graduate Director

Dept. of French and Italian, University of Maryland, 4210 Jimenez Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-4029

Fax: (301) 314-9752


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