Program Overview

The MA program in French is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in French and Francophone literatures and cultures and to further develop their knowledge of the French language. Students take advanced literature courses grounded in literary and artistic movements, critical theories, and the contexts of production. There is a curricular emphasis on the modern period, beginning with the nineteenth century, but all major time periods and genres are represented. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers students an opportunity to take courses in related disciplines outside the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, according to their interests. It is expected that applicants will have acquired advanced skills in French as part of their undergraduate study.

Program Requirements

The department offers the Master of Arts degree in French. This program is associated with the Master’s degree program in World Literature.

The MA in French requires 10 courses, equivalent to 30 semester hours. An MA in French with a minor concentration in German, Japanese, or Spanish requires 36 semester hours. Full-time students are expected to complete the MA within two academic years.

The MA in French is conducted under the non-thesis option as described under the School of Graduate Studies in the General Bulletin.