French Literature, MA

Commit yourself to studying for a Master of Arts in French Literature, focusing on language, literature or comparative literature. Keep yourself open to the variety of opportunities this degree could offer you!

The Masters of Arts in French Literature in the Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures is designed to improve student knowledge of literature, history, movements and traditions behind some of the greatest literary art known. You will work alongside distinguished and world-renowned experts in the field who are committed to your success and be able to meet other like-minded students who value intercultural and transnational practices. While the program is rigorous and extensive, it allows our scholars to foster an innate love for the authors, movements and forms of the French culture.

As you develop the skills to analyze French literature and history, you can also take advantage of a number of our school's clubs, events and professional development opportunities. However you decide to immerse yourself in the French language and culture, you can be assured that our faculty and staff always have the resources you need.

With this degree, students can confidently move into academic and international fields. You will serve as an expert on whatever topics you concentrate in. This prepares you to work in a classroom, professional contexts and be a resource for a broad community. 

18 Core Faculty
2 years to degree
30 Credits

Degree Overview

The 30-hour program of study includes an applied project and written comprehensive exam. Prospective masters candidates should have a passion and interest in French literary works and have demonstrated knowledge of the French language.

How to apply

All candidates for the masters in French literature must fulfill the general requirements of the Graduate College concerning admission and residence. Please visit here to learn about what materials are needed to apply.

Applications for the Fall semester are due by April 15.

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The School of International Letters and Cultures' 30 credit hour master's program offers training in innovative, mentored research that is tailored to the unique needs of the student. Master's students will develop expertise in research methods and textual analysis. The program also offers a breadth of courses in literature and linguistics.

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Core Courses9
Required Electives12
Culminating Experience3
Total Semester Hours Required30

Courses and electives

The coursework for each student is individualized and based upon the student's previous training, research goals, and mentor and committee consensus. Students will take core courses, electives, and seminars based on their interest in comparative literature.  Our program requires students to participate in the development of their applied project.


3- Graduate Level Courses

  • FRE 500 Bibliography and Research Methods
  • FRE 510 Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • FRE 598 Structure de la langue française

Required Electives

In the French Literature MA program, students must complete four or five classes in French Literature. They must also complete two classes that are not literature; at least one class must be in linguistics.

2- courses that are not literature, one must be linguistics (optional courses suggested below)

  • LIN 510 Linguistics
  • APL 601 Intro to Applied Linguistics
  • FRE 521 History of the French Language
  • FRE 598 Topic: Structure of French

5-  courses in French Literature

Elective Courses

Electives should be chosen in consultation with the student’s committee. Electives can be taken outside of the School of International Letters and Cultures. When approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, six credit hours in another language or in closely related courses may be included in the program.


  • FRE 598 Topic: The Economics and Politics of French Colonization

  • FRE 598 Topic: France In Europe

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Civilization I

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Civilization II

  • FRE 598 Topic: The French in North America

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Women in Arts and Society

  • FRE 598 Topic: Haiti: History and Culture

  • FRE 598 Topic: Myth, Media, Society

  • FRE 598 Topic: Paris and Florence in the Middle Ages


  • FRE 521 History of the French Language

  • FRE 598 Topic: The French in North America

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Syntax

  • FRE 598 Topic: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Syntax

  • FRE 598 Topic: Issues in Syntax

  • FRE 598 Topic: Structure de la langue française


  • FRE 510 Introduction to Textual Analysis

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Classical Theater: Texts and Productions

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Poetry of the Nineteenth Century

  • FRE 598 Topic: French Women in Arts and Society

  • FRE 598 Topic: Haiti: History and Culture

  • FRE 598 Topic: Modern Narrative

  • FRE 598 Topic: Modern Poetry

  • FRE 598 Topic: Myth, Media, and Society

  • FRE 598 Topic: Paris and Florence in the Middle Ages

  • FRE 598 Topic: Théâtre du 19ème siècle 

1- course

  • FRE 593 Applied Project

Applied Project

The student will complete an applied project (FRE 593) as the culminating event for the French Literature MA program. The applied project will be supervised by their committee chair.

Supervisory Committee

Each students’ supervisory committee must include at least 3 faculty members from SILC.

Comprehensive Exam

All candidates are required to pass a comprehensive written examination designed to evaluate the candidate's knowledge in the area of specialization. A reading list, as agreed upon, serves as a guide to prepare for this examination.

The School of International Letters and Cultures is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, located on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. From Broadway plays at Gammage Auditorium to games at the Sun Devils’ athletic complex, there’s no shortage of things to do in Tempe.

Just a short walk from campus, you’ll have access to hundreds of restaurants and miles of hiking and walking trails (including the hike up “A” Mountain). Go paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake or enjoy some stand-up comedy at Tempe Improv. You can explore the Valley of the Sun easily with two light rail stops on campus.