Romance Languages: PhD

The PhD program in romance languages is designed to provide a thorough familiarity with:

  • Several fields in literature, such as a movement, a genre, a period, or a literary problem
  • The opportunity to situate the student’s special interests in the wider context of romance languages and pieces of literature as well as in the context of trends inside and outside Western European culture
  • The tools that are necessary to engage literary issues at a high level, the ability to examine new and challenging literary or theoretical perspectives.

Students who enter the PhD program with no knowledge of a second romance language are required to start learning one as soon as possible during their graduate studies.

The PhD program has five components:

  1. Course work
  2. Comprehensive examination
  3. Dissertation prospectus
  4. Original dissertation
  5. Final oral defense 

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - January 3
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.