Graduate Program in French
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following four options leading to the M.A. degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specializations in French and Spanish:
Departmental MA: selective focus on literature, language, and culture
Interdisciplinary MA: language, literature and culture as well as another field in the humanities
Joint MA: combination of a Foreign Language and Literatures M.A. and an English M.A. (TESL)
In all three options students will choose one or more languages of specialization (Spanish or French). All three M.A. options stress the enhancement of research and critical skills and the acquisition of broad knowledge in linguistics as well as in cultures and literatures. They are designed to serve students who seek to become teachers, continue their studies in a doctoral program or pursue careers in the private, governmental, or academic sectors.
With a specialization in French, students acquire advanced skills in linguistics and literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world. Students can take graduate classes about French and Francophone literatures and cultures, as well as classes in applied and theoretical linguistics. The research profiles of our faculty ranges from applied linguistics and teaching methodologies, to French and Francophone literature and cultures. Our innovative exams allow students to both acquire broad knowledge in linguistics and literature and to develop their own research agenda.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships help defray the cost of graduate school and offer the possibility of acquiring valuable work/teaching experience at the college level. There are also possibilities for awards in teaching and research and for conference travel.
Students form part of a vibrant community of scholars and teachers and a diverse department. Graduate students are actively engaged in many activities across campus. Furthermore, they edit and publish the department’s graduate journal Collage.