The pursuit of a Ph.D. in French literature and culture at Stanford provides students with opportunities to explore the many facets of French and Francophone cultures from a literary, historical, philosophical, artistic and more generally interdisciplinary perspective, drawing it into an active dialogue with contemporary global culture. While receiving a strong foundation in the French and Francophone literary traditions, students are encouraged to contextualize and problematize these texts with coursework in the fields of philosophy, political science, anthropology, film and media studies, art history, history of science, and medical humanities, among others. The program is committed to forming Ph.D. graduates who are capable of teaching French and Francophone literature and culture at all levels, but who are also articulate public intellectuals, able to connect their academic pursuits to real world problems.