Master of Arts in Romance Languages

French and Spanish Concentrations

The Romance Languages degree program incorporates a variety of areas of study.  There are two concentrations:

Both concentrations have thesis and non-thesis options. The French and Spanish concentrations each have two areas of study:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature/Cultural Studies

Regardless of the area of study, all new graduate teaching assistants must enroll for the Practicum in Applied Linguistics (either FR 512 or SP 502). For specifics related to the programs incorporating French, please consult the degree requirements, detailed below.

Degree descriptions can also be accessed in the UA Graduate Catalog.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option for the French concentration of the Master of Arts in Romance Languages incorporates 33 or 36 hours of coursework depending on the track. Both non-thesis options require success on a comprehensive written examination before granting of the degree and generally include a core of five required courses in these areas:

  • Teaching Practicum/Topics in Linguistics
  • Pro-seminar Research Methodology: Critical Theory or Quantitative/Qualitative Methods in Linguistics
  • Topics in Culture and Civilization
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Special Topics/Directed Readings

French Concentration, Literature

Curriculum requirements: 33 hours of coursework. Students must take at least one course in five of six fields of study:

  • Medieval and Renaissance
  • Early Modern (17th and 18th centuries)
  • 19th century
  • 20th and 21st centuries
  • Francophone and French studies
  • French linguistics

French Concentration, Linguistics

Curriculum requirements: 36 hours of coursework. Students must take courses in three areas.

  • Language: 21 hours of coursework in French language, literature, film, and culture
  • Linguistics: a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (FR 561)
  • Applied linguistics: 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition (FR 512, and three of the following: FR 513, FR 515, RL 523 or other approved courses)

Thesis Option

In addition to writing a thesis, both thesis options require success on a comprehensive examination before granting of the degree.  The Romance languages core requirements do not apply to thesis tracks.

French Concentration, Literature

Curriculum requirements: 27 hours of coursework and six hours of FR 599 Thesis Research with the thesis director are required. It is the student’s responsibility to keep syllabi from each course on file for reference. Students must take one course in critical theory and at least one course in five of six fields of study:

  • Medieval and Renaissance
  • Early Modern (17th and 18th centuries)
  • 19th century
  • 20th and 21st centuries
  • Francophone and French studies
  • French linguistics

French Concentration, Linguistics

Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework. and six hours of FR 599 Thesis Research with the thesis director are required. It is the student’s responsibility to keep syllabi from each course on file for reference. Students must take a course in research methodology and courses in three areas.

  • Language: 15 hours of coursework in French language, literature, film, and culture
  • Linguistics: a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (FR 561)
  • Applied linguistics: 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition (FR 512, and three of the following: FR 513, FR 515, RL 523 or other approved courses)