2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages & Cultures, M.A. - French Emphasis

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World Languages & Cultures

Our distinguished faculty have a wide range of teaching and research interests, and together cover all periods of French and Francophone literature and culture and language studies. All of our graduate classes are discussion-based seminars, so students enjoy a communal approach to education and forge meaningful intellectual relationships with their professors. As a Teaching Assistant (TA), you will also be trained in the latest advances in second-language pedagogy. The University of Utah has an excellent research library, rare book collection, film and video collection, and Fine Arts Museum.

The French Studies program of the Department of World Languages & Cultures is committed to offering students a truly eclectic forum for the study of literature and culture. Our approach is multicultural and interdisciplinary. Graduate students in French work alongside students in German, Spanish, and Comparative Literature. We draw our diverse student population from North America, Europe, and Africa. For more information please visit the French M.A. website.

Minimum Degree Hours: 30 graduate credit hours

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in French literature and culture, or a strong undergraduate record in Humanities if the Bachelor’s degree was obtained in another academic subject.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0. Liberal Education courses covering prominent works of literature and philosophy will strengthen an applicant’s eligibility.

Significant deficiencies in this preparatory coursework must be made up before admission into M.A. status; for minor deficiencies, admission is possible but “make-up” courses may be added to the degree requirements.

Required Coursework

Two core courses (Bibliography and Research, Literary Theory and Criticism), and six to seven courses in the area of specialization; one or two of these courses, possibly more in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, may be replaced by approved courses. Students writing a thesis must register for thesis-research credit hours.

Our MA students take a minimum of 10 department courses, including the following core courses:

Completing Your Degree

Comprehensive Oral Exam: Each student must pass a Comprehensive Oral Final Exam at or near the completion of coursework. This Comprehensive Exam will be based on the French M.A. reading list. Students are expected to begin reading for this exam during the summer after their first year at the latest and will be give further advice about preparation in the fall of the 2nd year.

Language Proficiency

Students must prove “Standard Proficiency” (second-semester language course 1020) in one language other than English and French.

Academic Advising

During the first semester of graduate work, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), in conjunction with the Section Coordinator, will be the student’s academic advisor. In late August, the student is to consult with the coordinators and get the written approval for all course work to be taken during the first semester, which will be placed in the student’s departmental file. By March 1 of the first year, the student will form a 3 member Supervisory Committee, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. From then on, the Chair of the Committee will be the student’s advisor in planning her/his academic program and examinations.

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