French, Language and Literature (MA)

Master of Arts in French Language and Literature (FRENMA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Classical and Modern Languages
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Program Information

The MA program in French is not currently accepting applications for admission.

The mission of the Master of Arts in French, Language and Literature is to provide students who would like to explore professional opportunities in teaching, translation, international affairs, etc. or pursue their studies at the doctoral level, with an in-depth knowledge of the French language and the cultures of the French-speaking world, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to French Studies grounded in literature, linguistics, cultural studies and media studies.

Program Information

The Master of Arts in French Language and Literature requires 30 credit hours of academic work at the graduate level.

  • It is possible to complete this program as part of a joint BA/MA program in French.
  • Students must consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in French to take courses in place of the required courses listed below.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours at the University of Louisville.
  • As part of their graduate program, students are expected to spend at least one month in a French-speaking country, which they traditionally do during the summer between their first and second years. Modern Language Fund grants are available to assist students with the cost of their in-country study or work experience. Students can fulfill the requirement by participating in the long-standing summer Work-Exchange Program the University of Louisville has with our sister city of Montpellier, France. After consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in French, it may be possible to find an appropriate substitution for this requirement.

Accelerated BA/MA Program

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated non-thesis master's degree will be allowed to apply up to nine (9) credit hours of undergraduate coursework, taken for graduate credit, toward their graduate degree. An additional 21 credit hours of graduate coursework taken in addition will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the non-thesis master's in the accelerated BA/MA program.

Additional requirements and admission information can be found by clicking on the Admissions tab above.

Admission Procedures

Admission is on a rotating basis. Students must submit the following:

  • Graduate admission application 
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned
  • Two letters of recommendation

GRE exam scores are NOT required for admission into the Master of Arts in French, Language and Literature (they are, however, required by the School for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for the awarding of funded assistantships). We support holistic admission procedures.

Students may begin the program in fall (preferably), spring or summer.


Accelerated BA/MA Program

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated non-thesis Master's degree will be allowed to apply up to nine (9) credit hours of undergraduate coursework, taken for graduate credit, toward their graduate degree. An additional 21 credit hours of graduate coursework taken in addition will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the non-thesis Master's in the accelerated BA/MA program. The guidelines for this combined program are as follows:

  1. Prior to applying for admission into the program, students must consult with both the French Undergraduate Advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies in French. They will then submit their application through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. It is strongly recommended that at least one of the supporting letters submitted with the application be from a French faculty member.
  2. Students must:
    1. Apply for admission to this program no later than the end of the Junior year (a total of 90-degree applicable hours) and,
    2. Have completed FREN 320FREN 321FREN 322 with grades of 'B' or better.
  3. The application will be reviewed by the French faculty. A 3.35 cumulative grade point average will be required for admission to the program.
  4. Students may take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours for graduate credit, which will also count toward the requirements for the baccalaureate (BA) degree in French. The nine (9) credit hours must be from the following list: FREN 522FREN 523FREN 524FREN 531, and FREN 552.
  5. Students who enroll in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

The MA in French, Language and Literature offers a thesis and a non-thesis option. All students are required to take FREN 611 and FREN 699; it is recommended that students take FREN 611 during their first semester in the program and FREN 699 during their last semester in the program. 

Students who choose the thesis option will be required to take complete a minimum of six (6) courses selected from the rubrics below and three to six (3-6) credit hours of thesis credit (FREN 690). At least one course must be taken from each of the rubrics. Students who choose the non-thesis option will take a minimum of eight (8) courses with at least one course from each of the rubrics below. Students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours to complete the degree. 

Required Courses

FREN 611Teaching and Research Methods in French3
FREN 699Final Research Project3
Language Skills3
Linguistics3
Culture3
Media3
Literature3
Thesis hours and/or elective hours chosen from rubrics below 19
Minimum Total Hours30

Rubrics

Language Skills
Advanced Communication Skills (if appropriate)
Theory and Practice of Translation
Advanced French Stylistics
Approved elective 2
Linguistics
French Phonetics and Diction
Studies in French Linguistics
Approved elective 2
Culture
Special Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies
French Work: Exchange Research (or alternate work- or study-abroad program as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in French)
Studies in French Culture
Approved elective 2
Media
Studies in French Media
Approved elective 2
Literature
Studies in French Literature
Approved Elective 2

Students may, with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies in French, supplement their program of study with occasional coursework in disciplines related to their area of French specialization.