Program Requirements

A PhD student shall pursue a program of study and research in French Literature/Linguistics approved by the Department. The timetable of the PhD program and the nature of the Field Examination are as follows:

1. Course work

  • A student admitted on the basis of a bachelor's degree must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents during the first year of the PhD program and 3.5 additional full-course equivalents during the second year. In exceptional circumstances only, and with the permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate & Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Funding, the student may take up to one full-course (1.0 FCE) equivalent outside the Department in each of the two years of courses. Any student wishing to take a course outside the Department must make an appointment with the Associate Chair, Graduate & Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Funding to discuss this matter in person. Students in literature take FRE1202H, FRE1203H, FRE1204H and FRE1201H as part of their PhD program; students in linguistics take FRE1103H, FRE1104H, FRE1141H, and FRE1201H as part of their PhD program. To remain in good academic standing and to continue in the PhD program, a student must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents, with an average grade of at least an A–, by the end of the first year of the PhD program and complete the remaining 3.5 full-course equivalents by the end of the second year, while maintaining an average of at least an A–.
  • A student admitted on the basis of a master's degree must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents during the first year of the PhD program. In exceptional circumstances only, and with the permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate & Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Funding, the student may take up to one full-course (1.0 FCE) equivalent outside the Department. Any student wishing to take a course outside the Department must make an appointment with the Associate Chair, Graduate & Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Funding, to discuss this matter in person. Students in literature take FRE1202H, FRE1203H, FRE1204H, unless these courses or their equivalents have already been completed, and FRE1201H as part of their PhD program; students in linguistics take FRE1103H, FRE1104H, and FRE1141H unless these courses or their equivalents have already been completed, and FRE1201H as part of their PhD program. To remain in good academic standing and to continue in the PhD program, a student must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents by the end of the first year of the PhD program with an average grade of at least an A–. Essays for half-courses are to be between 3,500 and 5,000 words in length.

2. Constitution of the Thesis Committee

By June 15 of the first year of registration, in the case of a student admitted to the program on the basis of a master’s degree, otherwise by June 15 of the second year in the case of a student admitted to the PhD program on the basis of an appropriate bachelor's degree, each PhD student must submit a completed Thesis Committee Form indicating the members of his/her supervisory  committee and the provisional title of the thesis. The Thesis Committee Form must be signed by the faculty member who has agreed to act as the primary supervisor for the thesis and by the two other faculty members who will serve on the student’s supervisory committee.

3. Thesis topic

By September 15 of the second year of registration, in the case of a student admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master’s degree, otherwise by September 15 of the third year of registration, each student must register a thesis topic with the Department and file a completed Thesis Subject Form. The Thesis Subject Form must be signed by the faculty member who has agreed to act as the primary supervisor for the thesis and by the two other faculty members who will serve on the student’s supervisory committee.

4. Language requirement

By the end of the first year of the PhD program, in the case of a student admitted on the basis of a master’s degree, otherwise by the end of the second year of the PhD program, each student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of Old French or of another language (excluding French and English), as approved by the Department.

5. Field Examination

This schedule represents the progress of a student admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master’s degree. In the case of students admitted on the basis of a bachelor’s degree, for “first year” read “second year”, for “second year” read “third year”, etc.

 

The dates given below represent the latest a given requirement must be completed. Students are encouraged to undertake earlier completion, provided that the supervisory committee concurs.

The Field Examination is designed to demonstrate that the student is sufficiently familiar with the primary and secondary works in his/her field to be able to proceed to original research and preparation of the doctoral thesis.

No later than the second session of the second year of registration in the PhD program, in the case of a student admitted on the basis of a master’s degree, otherwise no later than the second session of the third year of registration, each student must pass the two parts of the Field Examination: a written part to be taken by March 1 and an oral part taken by April 30.