The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Modern Languages allows students to combine a major and minor that best meet their interests and career goals. Several options are available:

Major Concentration: Doctoral students may concentrate their studies in French, German, or Spanish. Between forty-five to forty-eight graduate credits must be completed in one of these major areas.

Minor Concentration: Doctoral students broaden their course of study through the choice of a minor concentration. Minors are available in literary and cultural criticism, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, and in other plans with the consent of the graduate advisor. Between nine to twelve credits are required in the minor.

For further information please contact the Ph.D. Advisor:

Dr. Michael Giordano
469 Manoogian



Ph. D. in Modern Languages

Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Assessment Report to Stakeholders

Fall 2016

Through our assessment of the PhD in Modern Languages, we collected data on two Learning Outcomes (LO) at the end of AY 2015-16. The first Learning Outcome that we assessed is Advanced Requisite Knowledge and the target area is Theory and Criticism. We have found that though overall student performance was quite good, there needs to be improvement in theoretical skills on Ph. D.Qualifying exams. Our strategy is that Instructors will take the initiative in guiding students to build specific theoretical questions and methods in advanced graduate courses aimed at class reports, term papers, and examinations.  Students will be required in each of these three activities to integrate theoretical questions pertinent to their subject matter and provide effective methodological approaches particularized to these questions. Finally, these will be writing activities that will receive feedback , corrections, and guidance from course instructors.

Our second LO assessed is the production of original research. We have found that while Ph.D. students could develop original research projects, they again need to improve their theoretical/methodological foundations.  In response, we will implement the following strategy. For dissertation preparation, students’  Ph.D. Qualifying Exam committees will build stronger theoretical frames of reference into the examination on the dissertation topic followed by greater development in the Ph.D. Outline and Prospectus addressing objectives, methods, chapter summary, and conclusion.


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