The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - PhD

Division: Humanities
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers programs in French and Francophone Literature, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, and Italian Studies, as well as in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (REMS). These programs include the study of literary history, established and current critical methodologies, literary theory and analysis, the sociology of literature, literature and history, cultural studies, film, and foreign language acquisition and pedagogy. In addition, our program offers a growing curriculum in Catalan, including a two-year language and culture program and advanced courses taught by the Joan Coromines Visiting Chair.

Specific Areas of Focus

  • French and Francophone Literature
  • Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies
  • Italian Studies


  • Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • 1115 East 58th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.702.8481

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for financial aid.

Campus Visits

Interviews are not required; however, you are welcome to visit campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students. You may contact faculty with questions, but there is no expectation that you do so.

Degree Objective

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures admits applicants only for the PhD degree, and does not offer a terminal MA program. Admitted students without a master's degree may receive an MA after their first year of study in the French, Italian, or Spanish program. The REMS program does not admit students without an MA. If you are interested in pursuing a terminal MA focusing in Romance Languages and Literatures, we encourage you to explore the Master of Arts Program in Humanities (MAPH).

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. References: Three letters of reference should be included with your application.
  3. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL scores: GRE scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applications, see the Application Requirements page on the divisional website. The University's GRE code is 1832.
  4. Statement of Purpose: Applicants should carefully state their purpose in pursuing a graduate degree. This statement is given considerable weight in the final decision regarding admission.
  5. Writing Sample: Applicants should submit a sample of their scholarly writing, written in their language of specialization, that is between 15 and 20 pages in length.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

For information on program requirements, please visit the department's website.

Costs & Financial Aid

Doctoral students are usually awarded teaching/research fellowships, renewable for five years based on satisfactory progress, which include tuition remission, competitive annual stipends, two summer stipends, and a University Student Health Insurance Plan.