Ph.D. in Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Our Ph.D. program in modern languages, with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish, provides advanced training in literature and cultural studies as well as linguistics and second language acquisition.

Applicants must demonstrate fluency in the target language. Students who complete the program are trained to carry out original research drawing from a variety of databases as well as doing archival research. They also complete internships with Wayne State University Press and the Wayne State University Humanities Clinic, initiatives that are part of the Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. Program, which trains students for alternative careers.

Our students have obtained full-time positions at universities such as Oakland University, University of Dayton, University of South Carolina Beaufort, Adrion College, and Pepperdine University, as well as positions as archivists.

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