The curriculum of the M.A. in French will consist of twelve courses (48 quarter credit hours), divided into two parts:
- A core curriculum of four courses (16 quarter credit hours) required of all students, and
- Eight courses (32 quarter credit hours) in the language area, which must include an approved “cluster” of at least four courses (16 quarter credit hours) focused on a particular professional application or disciplinary interest.
Students must select these course clusters in consultation with an advisor. All courses in the language area must be courses taught in the target language of the student’s program (i.e. courses with prefixes FCH). In exceptional cases, with the approval of the student’s advisor and the director of the graduate program, a student may count one or two courses taught in English from allied fields (such as art history, economics, education, geography, health sciences, management, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, etc.) among the eight “language area” courses in the student’s program.
The core curriculum consists of the following four courses:
In addition, all three-hundred level courses in the respective languages are offered simultaneously as 400-level electives to complete the M.A. program. These 400-level courses carry different requirements than the lower-level courses.
Additional requirements include:
- ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview
- Service Learning Experience
- Portfolio Project
All students must attain a rating of at least “Advanced Low” from the standardized Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
The service learning experience will involve work within an environment where the student can apply her or his linguistic expertise, as a volunteer, contributor, intern, or employee. This environment might be a community group; a social service or agency; a professional association; or an artistic organization. This experience should ideally contribute to the student’s portfolio project.
The portfolio (completed while enrolled in MOL 496) consists of a compilation and critical assessment of select work done throughout the program or a final project with written critical assessment. Final projects may include a community service experience, internship, performance and creative work, thesis, or translation.
Graduation Grade Point Average Requirement
In order to graduate from the program, students must complete all program requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.000.
A thesis option will be available for students who attain a GPA of at least 3.7 in the program after completing 24 credit hours of coursework. The thesis should address the area of interest of the candidate’s course “cluster.”
As the required capstone course for the M.A. program in Modern Languages, MOL 497 requires students to reflect on their coursework and the materials that they have produced for their portfolios in order to articulate a coherent vision of their experience in the program. It encourages them to learn from each other's professional interests, builds community among them, and facilitates interactive learning. The course employs a seminar design that is intentionally flexible, and varies depending upon the participating students? goals and objectives. Class sessions will focus on the common issues and concerns that all students face as ?language professionals.? In addition, each student must select a representative work (the portfolio ?project?), create an overview and commentary text on this work, and present the work to the class. Each student?s portfolio and project (whether a thesis, internship, or creative work) will reflect his or her own intellectual interests and professional goals.