French prepares students with a broad background in language and literature written in French, leading to careers in teaching or further advanced study at the doctoral level. Our program is based on a solid curriculum leading to specialization in French and Francophone literatures. Throughout, students maintain a close contact with the director of graduate studies and have easy access to their various professors. Our graduates have been highly successful at being accepted by Ph.D. granting institutions throughout the nation and in completing their doctoral degrees.
The French section has a qualified, dynamic and widely traveled faculty who are engaged in research and highly committed to their students. The program is designed so that the student may combine his/her interest with other disciplines through the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in which the French section participates. The French faculty regularly invite distinguished scholars, including individuals such as Jean-François Lyotard, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Zizek, Michel Maffessoli, and Marc Sourdot to speak on a variety of topics from textual and social theory and the sociology of the French masses to French linguistics, argot and popular expression.
Either a thesis or a non-thesis program may be selected; 30 total graduate semester credits are required for the thesis program and 36 total graduate semester credits for the non-thesis.
All candidates must take MCLG 501, Introduction to Research Methods and Textual Criticism, in the first semester of graduate study. In addition, candidates must take, at any time during their course of graduate study, a minimum of one course in the MCLG/ENLT 522 Comparative Literature offerings. Graduate students are expected to enroll in all graduate level courses offered in their respective languages and must take a minimum of 15 credits in the major language area. For the thesis option, a maximum of 6 credits is allowed for the thesis, and there is a 3-credit elective.
For requirements concerning examinations, theses and professional papers see the graduate advisor and department statement. Each degree candidate must arrange a program of study with the section Graduate Advisor before beginning course work for the degree. All graduate candidates are expected to engage in some teaching.
1. Application Materials and Deadline
The application deadline is March 1 (postmarked) for fall semester or later with departmental permission. Applications received after this deadline will be evaluated on a space available basis.
Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission section on this web site.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures also requires:
1. A letter of intent in the foreign language.
2. Minimum GRE scores 50th percentile or above in verbal and analytical.
3. The Department of MCLL does not accept GRE scores that are more than 5 years old.
4. A writing sample in the foreign language such as an academic paper, corrected by a professor.
5. A writing sample in English.
6. Proof of oral proficiency.
2. Program Requirements for Admission
Incoming graduate students are expected to possess an undergraduate degree in French studies or strengths equivalent to those required for a major. Those with an undergraduate minor may have provisional admission, pending completion of compensatory courses. Please follow the link to review the French MA Reading List.
For additional information and application materials, please contact the section Graduate Advisor directly.
Dr. Benedicte Boisseron
3. Assistantship Application
A letter requesting consideration for a teaching assistantship should accompany the graduate application.
4. International Students
The TOEFL exam can substitute for the GRE. See information in the International Admission section on this web site.
Teaching assistantships are available to select qualified candidates who have been admitted to the M.A. program. Applicants for assistantships are considered on the basis of knowledge and skills in French as well as scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. Teaching assistants are responsible for teaching a first-year language class. In addition to a wage, teaching assistants receive a waiver of the tuition and registration fees. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package (see the UM Graduate School web site for details). Each semester teaching assistants are required to register for nine credits that apply to their M.A. program. Teaching assistantships are renewable for a second year, provided that adequate progress has been made toward completing the M.A. degree and that the TA's teaching has been satisfactory.
The Mansfield Library, with holdings of over a million volumes, houses a balanced collection pertaining to French and Francophone studies. In addition, facilities for computer-assisted research are available, and you can get documents not in the holdings quite rapidly through Interlibrary Loan.