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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 18, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of French and Italian

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The Department of French and Italian offers programs leading to the MA in Italian, a PhD in French with an MA en route and the PhD in French. Students may also apply for the PhD in Film Studies with a Concentration in French (granted by Film Studies). The following tracks are offered at the MA level in French and Italian:


The following tracks are offered at the PhD level in French:

Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French

In addition, the department encourages students to participate in various interdisciplinary programs, such as African Studies; Cultural Studies; Digital Studies and Methods; European Union Studies; Film and Media Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Global Studies, Medieval/Renaissance Studies, and West European Studies, where students may work toward a graduate certificate in conjunction with their degree.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Todd Reeser
Main Office: 1328 Cathedral of Learning
Fax: 412-624-6269

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be requested from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of French and Italian, Assistant to the Directors of Graduate Studies, 1328 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5220. Fax: 412-624-6263. E-mail:

Graduate Degree Programs


Students accepted into the graduate program must meet the following criteria:

  • They should have completed an undergraduate major (or equivalent) in the language, literature, media, and culture they propose to study at the graduate level or substantial coursework in a related field.
  • They must be able to enroll in courses that are taught entirely in French and/or Italian. This presupposes a high level of skill in speaking, reading, and writing in their major language.
  • It is recommended that incoming students have a reading knowledge of German, a second Romance language, or Latin.

Applicants for admission must submit transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and samples of their writing in the target second language and in English. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit either the TOEFL administered by the Educational Testing Service IBT (internet-based test) with a minimum score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the 4 sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing), or the IELTS administered by the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate with a minimum score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections). For a complete list of required items for admission, go to

Applications for fall term admission will be accepted until April 15. For funding consideration, applications must be completed by January 15 for French and February 1 for Italian. The department admits students only for the fall term.

Financial Assistance

All applicants to the graduate program in French and Italian are considered for departmental funding. The Department of French and Italian offers teaching and research positions to graduate students at all levels. Most teaching assistantships and fellowships are renewable on a year-to-year basis for students in good academic standing. Students in the PhD who adhere to guidelines established in the departmental graduate policy statement may receive up to five years of support as a teaching fellow.



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