The M.A. specialization in French Studies offers advanced training in French and Francophone literature and culture.


Course requirements for the M.A. specialization in French Studies:

  • Five courses in French and Francophone literature and culture at the 500 level, at least two of which must be in periods prior to 1800: 20 hours.
  • One course in critical theory (FR 530 or equivalent): 4 hours.
  • Of the two remaining graduate courses, one may be chosen in any area covered in the Department of French and Italian, such as linguistics, cinema studies or language learning/second-language acquisition (excluding the pedagogy course FR 505, required by contract). The other course can be taken in another department when such a course can contribute to the student's research in French Studies. Close consultation with the advisor is required: 8 hours.

M.A. examination in French Studies:

  • An M.A. examination based on two of the four French Studies reading lists, consisting of a written and an oral component. The student, in consultation with the Advisor in French Studies, selects the two periods to be covered in their M.A. exam. Students should take the M.A. exam no later than the Fall of their second year in the graduate program.

Students planning to continue to the Ph.D. should take note of the language requirement for the Ph.D. described in the Student Handbook. Work toward fulfilling this requirement should preferably begin during stage 1 of graduate study (the M.A.). The requirement may be fulfilled later, during stage 2 of graduate study (Ph.D. coursework), or in some cases, stage 3 (the Ph.D. thesis).