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Doctoral Portfolio Program in Romance Studies

Contact: Marc Bizer,

Posted: May 21, 2012

The Department of French & Italian is pleased to announce that the fall 2012 term will mark the inception of the Doctoral Portfolio Program in Romance Studies and that applications are now being accepted for the fall 2012 term. This new certification program will provide students with cross-disciplinary training in the literary, cultural, historical, and political dimensions of nations connected by a common linguistic heritage (e.g. Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium). The program also promotes greater interaction among students and faculty working in areas related to these fields and provides increased visibility and offerings in the fields on campus.

Like most other portfolio programs here at UT, students will additionally develop a specialization unique to their own program of work through Romance Studies courses and a capstone research project. Even courses in the student's own major or in supporting areas of work may be counted toward completion of the portfolio upon approval of the faculty advisor. While it is restricted to doctoral students, we particularly encourage those who are interested in area studies and in Romance languages to join this novel, cross-disciplinary academic study.

Application instructions, program requirements, and sample specializations are published online at Doctoral Portfolio Program in Romance Studies. (Note that complete application materials should be submitted to Marc Bizer, Ph.D.)

Students seeking additional information are welcome to contact Marc Bizer, the Program Director, at or 512.471.7780. Alternatively, students may contact Chaz Nailor, the department's Graduate Coordinator at or 512.471.5712.

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