Known for its multilingual, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature, Notre Dame’s innovative Ph.D. in Literature program enables students to complete a Ph.D with a specialization in one or more national literatures, genres, and historical periods as well as literary theory.

By combining the resources of a broad spectrum of departments and research institutes across the University, the program also encourages students to pursue advanced studies in overlapping disciplines and areas of interest.


Study literature, acquire and practice languages, learn a profession, find opportunities: follow your passion! Apply to an innovative, transnational and transdisciplinary program.


Incoming Class

Lorenzo Dell'Oso Late Medieval and Early Modern Italian

Anuchka Ramos Ruiz Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi

Paola Uparela Reyes Indigenous populations in the Andes, Brazil, Southern Mexico, and Caribbean.

Literary Future

National literature is losing its significance; this is the era of world literature, and everyone should hasten its development.
Goethe, On World Literature, 1827.