The Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies or Italian gives students who are looking to complete and M.A. degree advanced skills in research, critical thinking, and pedagogy, and a specialization in either French and Francophone Studies or Italian Studies. In conjunction with the graduate adviser, students plan a program of study that builds upon their undergraduate education and allows them to develop a comprehensive understanding of important developments in French and Francophone or Italian studies. Department faculty are committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching, and in conjunction with the advisor, students take two courses outside of their specialization during the course of the M.A.
Graduate students are part of a collegial department that offers a variety of courses in literature, culture, film, critical theory, and language pedagogy. Students are also provided instruction in the technical and interpretive skills necessary for graduate-level research and teaching.
In Spring of their second year, students who are on track to complete the M.A. may apply to continue on to the Ph.D. program the following year. All accepted M.A. students are offered full tuition, fee waiver, and a teaching stipend for the duration of the M.A. program (four consecutive semesters). GTAs teach one introductory-level language course per semester and benefit from an extensive training and mentoring system.