What is the Ph.D. in Literature 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 literature, a genre, a historical period or 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.

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


Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture: Dr. Helene Foley, University of Columbia
Tuesday March 17, 5-6:30 pm Novelizing Greek Tragedy & Thursday March 19, 5-6:30 pm Julia Ward Howe’s Hippolytus

Sara Troyani: 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to do research in Italy

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