Notice to all applicants: The Ph.D. in Literature program at Notre Dame would like to announce that for Fall 2016 admissions, we will only be accepting applications in two areas, Spanish and Italian.  At present our program is evolving toward a concentration in these two fields, which have historically been strengths at Notre Dame.

Please stay tuned for further developments, and thank you for your interest in our program.

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.

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.