For the Department of Romance Studies, you will take an exam called The Portfolio Examination that includes a portfolio and oral examination. The purpose of the exam is to allow students to demonstrate their readiness to undertake independent dissertation research through a portfolio of their best work to date. The portfolio format, modeled on the tenure dossier, combines a set of requirements (most of which will be completed in the normal progression through coursework during years one and two) with sufficient flexibility to allow the students to display their knowledge of different fields, clarity of written communication, and evidence of teaching ability. Once you complete your Portfolio Exam you are eligible for Graduate School conference travel funding.
Also see the portfolio guidelines.