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PhD Courses

During your coursework for your PhD in Francophone Studies at UL, you will have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses covering all areas of the Francophone world and France.

As a doctoral student, you must complete at minimum 48 credit hours of graduate-level coursework before beginning your dissertation.

All doctoral students must complete FREN 540 (Critique littéraire) during their first year. Additionally, all Graduate Assistants must complete FREN 501 (Préparation pédagogique) during their first year.

Students without significant preparation in French and Francophone civilization and history are encouraged to take FREN 421(G) - France and the Francophone World, during their first year.

Consult the Catalog for the PhD in Francophone Studies curriculum.

Advising & Selection of Courses

The Graduate Coordinator will be your advisor during your doctoral coursework. You will choose your courses based on your academic interests in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

It is important to consider your comprehensive exams and the areas that you wish to study for the exams as you decide on your schedule for each semester. You cannot sit for an exam in area in which you have not previously completed a graduate course. You may not take an exam in an area in which you are currently taking a course unless you have already completed one in that area prior to your exam semester. Exams are taken once coursework is complete.

See Comprehensive Exams policies.

Transfer Credits

If you completed graduate coursework at an institution other that UL, you will need to transfer those credits officially through the Graduate School in order for them to be counted for your doctoral coursework. A maximum of 27 hours of coursework may be transferred from another institution. Coursework from International institutions require approval by the Graduate Appeals Committee, and only coursework from the fifth year of university level work or higher will be considered. Thesis work will not count toward coursework hours. Begin the Transfer of Graduate Credit process.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).