M.A. Program Requirements - French Specialization

The majority of graduate courses in French fall under the following categories:

I. Literature and Culture

  1. Middle Ages and Renaissance
  2. Modernity and Enlightenment
  3. Revolution and Beyond
  4. Francophone Studies

II. Film and Visual Culture
III. Language, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition
IV. Theory and Practice

In selecting courses, please note that M.A. students are expected to take mostly 7000- and 8000-level French courses. With the permission of the Graduate Chair in French, students may also take a small number of 5000-level French courses. The minimum number of credit hours per semester for which an M.A. student must register to maintain full-time status is 8. The typical course load in our program is three graduate courses per semester, or 9 hours. Graduate students may, however, with the permission of the Graduate Advisor, register for up to 18 hours per semester, although it is recommended they take no more than 12 hours per semester.

A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours are required for the M.A. in French and must be distributed in the following way: 


Credit hours required

7301 Teaching French at the College Level or equivalent


7601 Introduction to Research and Criticism in FRIT or equivalent


At least 1 course in 5 of the following categories: I 1, 2, 3, 4; II; III


At least 1 course in category IV, Theory


1-3 elective courses (up to two of which may be outside the dept.) 


8998 Examination Preparation




Sample Program


Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Year 1

7301 Teaching FRIT (3 hrs)
7601 Intro FRIT Studies (3)
Course in category I, II, or III (3) and/or, if required, FR 5101 (Advanced Grammar)

9 hrs total

Course in categories I, II, III, or IV (3)
Course I-IV (3)
Course I-IV (3)

9 hrs total

Year 2

Course I-IV (3)
Course I-IV (3)
Course I-IV (3)

9 hrs total

Course I-IV (3)
Course I-IV (3)
8998 Exam and Prospectus Prep (3)

9 hrs total