Requirements

M.A. Requirements

To earn an M.A. in French and Francophone Studies you must fulfill the following requirements.

Coursework: 30 credit-hours (10 courses)

8 Graduate Seminars in French (24 credits) offered by the Program in French and Francophone Studies

Three options are available for the remaining 6 credits required:

  1. 2 additional courses in French (40000-level or above)
  2. 2 graduate seminars in other departments (*If the two courses are in the same department, a minor field is awarded).
  3. M.A. Thesis (between 50 and 80 double-spaced pages)

Examinations:

  • Successfully pass the oral qualifying exam in the second semester of your first year. You will choose from a selection of texts and must demonstrate competency in analyzing a literary text in the target language before the graduate faculty.
  • Successfully pass a comprehensive written examination in the second semester of your second year. The exam based on the reading list provided by the department. You will be required to select five periods from a choice of seven categories, of which at least two must be from pre-Eighteenth century periods. Periods will be divided as follows:
    • 1. Medieval
    • 2. Renaissance
    • 3. 17th Century
    • 4. 18th Century
    • 5. 19th Century
    • 6. 20th Century
    • 7. Francophone

Language Proficiency:

  • Demonstrate competency in a second foreign language by passing the Graduate Reading Examination or through successful completion of appropriate coursework. You are encouraged to fulfill the language requirement by studying a second Romance language. You should complete the language requirement before taking the comprehensive written examination.

Teaching Assistantship:

  • If you are supported by a teaching assistantship, you will enroll in the following courses “Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction” and “Practicum in Teaching French” in the Fall of Year 1 (these required courses do not count toward degree or toward the 30 credit requirement).
  • Under the supervision of the French Language Coordinator, you will receive hands-on pedagogical training, and you may have the opportunity to teach your own course.

Requirements for the Combined B.A.-M.A. Program

If you are an undergraduate first major in the French Program, you have the opportunity to complete the graduate program in one year following conferral of the B.A. through a combination B.A.-M.A. degree in French.

To earn a B.A./ M. A. in French and Francophone Studies you must fulfill the following requirements.

Coursework: 30 credit-hours (10 courses) at the 60000-level or above (with exceptions noted below)

To Be Completed by End of Senior Year:

  • 2 Courses in French Literature at 60000-level or above
  • 2 Courses in French Literature at 40000-level or above

To Be Completed During the MA Year:

  • 4 Seminars in French at 60000-level or above
  • 2 Graduate Seminars: Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

Examinations:

  • Successfully pass the oral qualifying exam in the second semester of your senior year. You will choose from a selection of texts and must demonstrate competency in analyzing a literary text in the target language before the graduate faculty.
  • Successfully pass a comprehensive written examination in the second semester of your second year. The exam is based on the reading list provided by the department. You will be required to select five periods from a choice of seven categories, of which at least two must be from pre-Eighteenth Century periods. Periods will be divided as follows:
    • 1. Medieval
    • 2. Renaissance
    • 3. 17th Century
    • 4. 18th Century
    • 5. 19th Century
    • 6. 20th Century
    • 7. Francophone

Language Proficiency:

  • Demonstrate competency in a second foreign language by passing the Graduate Reading Examination or through successful completion of appropriate coursework. You are encouraged to fulfill the language requirement by studying a second Romance language. You should complete the language requirement before taking the comprehensive written examination.

Teaching Assistantship :

  • If you are supported by a teaching assistantship during your M.A. year, you will enroll in the following courses “Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction” and “Practicum in Teaching French” in the Fall Semester of Year 1 (these required courses do not count toward the degree or toward the 30-credit requirement).
  • Under the supervision of the French Language Coordinator, you will receive hands-on pedagogical training.

For more information:

Detailed requirements are available in the Graduate School Bulletin of Information and the French and Francophone Studies Graduate Studies Guide.