The Master of Arts in Romance Languages program is addressed to students wishing to undertake advanced postbachelor study of Italian, Spanish, or French with an emphasis on language and culture or literature. It responds to the community by orienting its curriculum to those seeking higher professional credentials through the Master's degree or through post-Master work leading to the doctorate. a variety of curricular offerings in culture, francophone and continental literature.

French Concentration

Students can choose from two concentrations:

If the student chooses to concentrate on literature, three plans of work are available:

Students concentrating in Language and Culture only have one plan of work - Plan C: Language and Culture 

General Plan of Work Guidelines

The Plan of Work must be filed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before 8-12 credits of graduate work are completed. Students must thoroughly discuss their Plan of Work with the Graduate Director and it must be approved both by the Graduate Director and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Graduate Director and the student bear the full responsibility for completing the Plan of Work. Office personnel should not be expected to nor be requested to fill out the Plan. Plan of Work forms may be obtained from the Graduate Director.

No student will be allowed to take the comprehensive Master's Degree Examinations until all other requirements for the degree have been satisfied, such as course work, thesis or essay.

Literature Concentration

Plan A (Thesis)

Plan A requires the student to complete 24 credits in course work plus an 8 credit thesis in French for a total of 32 credits. No more than 4 credits at the 5000 course level are allowed under this plan. With the consent of the candidate's adviser, up to 6 credits may be elected in related fields. The Graduate School requirement of taking at least 6 credits at the 7000 level and above will be fulfilled by the thesis. Only students who have superior command of the French language will be permitted to write a Master's Thesis. All students under this plan must take French 6400 (The Structure of French) and French
7300 (Introduction to Romance Philology).

An oral comprehensive examination in French is required at the end of course work. The exam is based on reading lists supplied by the Graduate Director and will cover Philology or the Structure of French (at the student’s choice) as well as Medieval, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Students may replace any century examination with either Francophone literature or literary criticism.

Plan B (Essay)

Plan B requires students to do 29 credits of course work plus a 3 credit essay in French for a total of 32 credits. No more than 4 credits at the 5000 level are allowed on this plan. The student may elect up to 6 credits in related fields with the adviser's consent. All students under this plan must take French 6400, The Structure of French and French 7300, Introduction to Romance Philology.

The original of the essay or thesis in final form, signed by the adviser, should be submitted to the Graduate Office, 2226 Faculty Administration Building, no later than the deadline date established for the semester in which the student expects to graduate. Deadline dates will be issued by the Graduate Office shortly after the beginning of each semester.

An oral comprehensive exam in French is required at the end of course work. It is based on the reading lists supplied by the Graduate Director, and will cover either, Romance Philology or The Structure of French (at the student’s choice) as well as Medieval, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century French Literature. Students may replace any century examination with either Francophone literature or literary criticism.

Plan C (course work without thesis or essay)

Plan C requires students to complete 32 credits of course work which must include French 6400, Structure of French and French 7300 (Introduction to Romance Philology) and two seminars. Only 4 credits of 5000 level work will be accepted. No essay or thesis is required under this plan. With the consent of the candidate's adviser, up to 6 credits may be elected in related fields.

After the completion of course work the student must take 6 written examinations in French and one final oral comprehensive exam. The written examinations and the final oral are based on reading lists supplied by the Graduate Director and will cover Romance Philology or Structure of French as well as Medieval, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century French literature. Students may replace any century exam with either Francophone literature or Literary Criticism.

Language and Culture Concentration - Plan C

If the student wishes to concentrate on Language and Culture, the student will pursue Plan C-Language and Culture. This consists of 32 credits of course work with the following course requirements:

  • French 5100 (3 cr.) - Advanced Speaking and Writing
  • French 5200 (3 cr.) - Phonetics and Diction
  • French 5400 (3 cr.) - Advanced Grammar Review
  • French 6400 (3 cr.) - The Structure of French
  • French 6450 or 6470 (3 cr.) - French Civilization
  • 12 credits of literature at the 6000 level or above which must include a seminar.

With the consent of the Graduate Director, the student may replace 6 credits of the course requirements listed above by taking courses in related or cognate fields.

After the completion of course work, the candidate must take 6 written examinations in French based upon course work in French 5200, 5400, 6400, 6450 and any two literature courses of the student’s choosing. The student may count Francophone or literary criticism as two possible literary areas. The written exams will be followed by a comprehensive oral examination based on French 5200, 5400, 6400, and 6450 plus the two literary areas.

Related Programs

Master of Arts in Language Learning (MALL)

This degree in language pedagogy is designed for current foreign language teachers.  A currently certified French teacher can use this program to continue study in French while learning more about the theory and practice of language teaching.  This program does not lead to teacher certification.

For more information on the MALL program see their web site.

Teacher Certification (M.A.T.)

Students who have an undergraduate degree in French and seek teacher certification in Michigan can do so through the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the Wayne State College of Education.

 

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