Yale is ranked top for its French doctoral programs. The Department of French (http://www.yale.edu/french/) at Yale is dedicated to the study of the language, literature, and culture of France and other French-speaking countries. It offers the Ph.D. in French literature, criticism, theory, and culture from the early Middle Ages to the present, and the French-language literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Maghreb. There are 6 requirements for the Ph.D. in French: Courses, Language requirements, Oral qualifying examination, Teaching, Admission to Candidacy, and Dissertation.
The Department of French and Italian (http://www.princeton.edu/fit/) at Princeton offers a top-rated graduate program in French. The aim of the Ph.D. program in French is to train the next generation of scholars and university teachers of French language and literature.
The Department of Romance Studies at Duke University offers a top rated doctoral program in French literatures. The department sponsors many undergraduate and graduate activities throughout the year (http://www.romancestudies.aas.duke.edu/french/index.html).
Ranking of Best French Doctoral Programs in the US:
5. University of Pennsylvania
7. University of California–Berkeley
10. University of California–Irvine
Source: National Council Research Report 1995
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