Information for Graduate Applicants CSLC-Track III (French)

Doctoral studies in French at USC are offered through the program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC).  For information on how to apply to CSLC, please click here.  All applicants are urged to complete the application process before December 1 in order to receive priority consideration for financial assistance.

Please note that CSLC-French only accepts applications for admission to the Ph.D. program. Applicants seeking a terminal M.A. degree should not apply.

In addition to the materials requested by the USC Graduate School and CSLC, applicants to French should include the following documents in their application:

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in French and Francophone Studies, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in French and other languages besides English.

  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) written in French.  It should treat a subject relevant to the field of French and Francophone studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine.


If you have any questions regarding admission to the French Ph.D., please feel free to write or phone us at:


Department of French and Italian
Taper Hall 155, MC0359
3501 Trousdale Parkway
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0359
Phone:  213-740-3700
Fax:  213-746-7297
Email:  french@dornsife.usc.edu

For general information on graduate admission at USC, please refer to the Graduate Admissions website. 



  • Department of French and Italian
  • Taper Hall 155 (THH 155)
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0359