MA in French Language & Literature
The program develops (1) an advanced general knowledge of the history of French literature; (2) a knowledge of selected specialized areas within the field; and (3) a knowledge of the traditions, aims, and methods of research scholarship.
A minimum of eight semester courses (32 credits) at the 500 level or above, including one seminar each semester. In electing courses, students should bear in mind the aims of the degree program expressed in the description of the comprehensive examination (see below). A maximum of two semester courses (8 credits) in a related field may be taken with the advisor’s approval.
None, other than the proficiency requirement in French as stated in the admissions prerequisites: Applicants should send an academic paper of not more than ten pages, written in French, with the application. Applicants must submit results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test; they should hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in French language and literature. Degree candidates are expected to possess a reasonably sound command of written and spoken French. In cases of serious deficiencies, students may be required to take additional courses in language without receiving degree credit. The candidate should include a summary page of all courses and grades taken in the field of French literature to accompany transcripts.
Candidates qualify for the MA by passing a written comprehensive examination based on the departmental reading list. The contents and times of these examinations are described fully on the application form for admission to the examination, which is distributed, along with the reading list, at the beginning of the first year of registration.
The program allows the student maximum liberty in the selection of courses while providing safeguards to ensure maximum intellectual growth. An advisor is assigned to each student; together, they share responsibility for the development of an academically sound program. Therefore, the student should consult with the advisor about all aspects of the academic experience.
French Language & Literature
- CAS LF 500 Phonetics and Diction
- CAS LF 502 The Structure of French: Syntax
- CAS LF 503 The Structure of French: Phonology
- CAS LF 550 Studies in Eighteenth-Century French Literature
- CAS LF 551 Modern French Theatre
- CAS LF 552 French Romanticism
- CAS LF 553 Molière
- CAS LF 554 Émile Zola and Naturalism
- CAS LF 555 The Epistolary Novel
- CAS LF 556 French Cinema and Literature
- CAS LF 558 Colonial Fictions: Modern French Writing and the Colonies
- CAS LF 560 Seventeenth-Century Prose
- CAS LF 561 Proust
- CAS LF 562 The Age of Versailles
- CAS LF 563 French Tragedy of the Seventeenth Century
- CAS LF 564 Medieval Lyric
- CAS LF 565 Medieval Courtly Literature
- CAS LF 568 Topics in Literature and Film
- CAS LF 569 Topics in Francophone Writing
- CAS LF 570 Topics in Twentieth-Century/Twenty-First Century French Literature
- CAS LF 571 Topics in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
- CAS LF 574 Early French Renaissance
- CAS LF 575 Later French Renaissance
Seminars and Directed Studies
- GRS LF 860 Seminar: Topics in French Literature
- GRS LF 951, 952 Directed Study: French Language and Literature