Students in the MA in romance languages program choose either the standard (Literature) track or the applied linguistics track, each with or without thesis.

Standard (Literature) Track Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of coursework without thesis; or 27 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research (FR 599) resulting in a completed and approved thesis. Find out more information on thesis procedures.
  • At least one course in five of six fields:
    • Medieval and Renaissance
    • Early Modern (17th and 18th centuries)
    • 19th century
    • 20th and 21st centuries
    • Francophone and French studies
    • French linguistics
  • A comprehensive exam with written and oral components based on coursework completed in the five fields.*

*On the written portion of the comprehensive exam for the Standard Track, candidates may be exempted from examination in a maximum of two fields: by writing a thesis in a field; by presenting a research paper in a field at a professional conference; or by earning a grade of “A” or “B” in two courses in a field. For the oral portion of the exam, students present a topic assigned in advance.

Applied Linguistics Track Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of coursework without thesis; or 30 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research (FR 599) resulting in a completed and approved thesis. Find out more information on thesis procedures and consult the special instructions for French linguistics students.
  • Coursework in three areas (French linguistics, applied linguistics, French electives) as follows:
    • French descriptive linguistics course for 3 credit hours (FR 561)
    • 12 credit hours in SLA, pedagogy, and research (FR 512 and other approved courses)
    • 21 credit hours of French electives (language, literature, film, culture, linguistics, etc.) for the non-thesis track; 15 credit hours of French electives for the thesis track.
  • A comprehensive written exam, based on the coursework.

For more details, please consult the Graduate Catalog, or contact one of the French graduate advisers: