French Comparative Literature, MA

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers a graduate program in French leading to the MA in French with concentration in comparative literature.

Degree Offered

French Comparative Literature, MA
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

Additional Requirements For Both Native/Non-Native Speakers

A four-minute (approximately) recorded message in French on a topic of your choice. (Please do not read your message. This is to help the committee evaluate your level, and your message should realistically reflect your spoken French).

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must submit the Graduate Education online application.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Candidates for the master's should, upon entrance, present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in the language in which the degree is sought. Those who lack this background but who show strong potential and meet Graduate Education admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular program of study for the master's degree.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and those of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Graduate students may take only 500-level courses for graduate credit. At least nine credit hours must be selected from those courses listed exclusively for graduate students. The program must include:

  1. FRE 500 Bibliography and Research Methods (3) (It is recommended that the candidate enroll in this course as early as possible.)
  2. two courses in linguistics, civilization or translation (of which one must be in linguistics)
  3. one course in critical or cultural theory

For core courses, a minimum of four courses offered by the French section must be selected from any combination of the following categories:

  • Francophone studies courses
  • genre courses
  • period courses

When approved by the graduate committee, up to six hours of related course work may be taken outside of French.

A student must achieve a GPA of "B" (3.00) or higher in all work specifically included in the plan of study. Grades below a "C" (2.00) cannot be used to meet the requirements of a graduate degree. No student may accumulate more than one incomplete at any one time.

Independent study courses will be given only under exceptional circumstances and will not duplicate courses which are available. The French graduate committee is responsible for authorizing such work in cooperation with the individual professor. No more than three hours of independent study will be permitted.

Students must complete an applied project.

The written examination for the concentration in comparative literature will be administered by the interdepartmental committee for comparative literature and will consist of two essay-based components: general concepts of comparative literature and problems of comparative literature.

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