Ph.D. Program


Ph.D. Program


Our Ph.D. program is in Romance Languages. Students work in Italian as their primary language and take some coursework in either French or Spanish. The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with:

  • A thorough familiarity with several fields (a movement, a genre, a period, a literary problem, etc.);
  • The opportunity to situate the student’s special interests in the wider context of Romance languages and literature, as well as in that of trends inside and outside Western European culture;
  • The tools necessary to engage literary issues at a high level;
  • The ability to examine new and challenging literary or theoretical perspectives.

Students who enter the Ph.D. program with no knowledge of a second Romance language are encouraged to start learning one as soon as possible during their graduate studies. The Ph.D. program has five components:


All post-M.A. work, including the dissertation, is normally completed in three to four years of study. Students entering the UO Ph.D. program with an M.A. from UO are normally eligible for a maximum of three years of funding after the M.A. Students entering the UO Ph.D. program with an M.A. from elsewhere are normally eligible for a maximum of four years of funding. Ph.D. students making satisfactory progress toward the degree are eligible for funding packages in the form of graduate teaching fellowships. Graduate teaching fellowships include stipends for teaching, as well as tuition waivers. Satisfactory progress entails completing all courses taken for credit with a grade of B or better; passing the Ph.D. comprehensive examination; timely submission of an acceptable dissertation prospectus; and regular and timely progress on the dissertation itself.