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Masters Degree Programs

MA in French or Spanish requirements

The MA program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to specialize in French or Spanish literature, Spanish Linguistics, or a combination of these fields. The MA degree gives students a broad and balanced preparation in literary and cultural studies or linguistics. Students must complete a series of required and elective courses, demonstrate competency in a second language, and complete a Master’s Project. This is a terminal degree for students who do not plan to complete the Ph.D. Those whose ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. should apply directly to the doctoral program.

Course requirements for concentration in French or Spanish

Students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours). A total of 2 courses (6 credits) may be taken in related disciplines or transferred from other institutions. All students must take RLL501, Introduction to Literary Theory and Research Methodology and at least one course in each general area of their field:

French Spanish
French literature Peninsular literature
Francophone literature Spanish American literature
French linguistics Spanish linguistics

Beyond these required courses, the concentration in French Literature, Spanish literature, or Spanish linguistics allows students to design their own program of study in consultation with their advisor.

Master’s Project

During the semester in which students complete their course requirements (normally the third or fourth semester of full-time study), they will complete a Master’s Project under the supervision of a committee of two faculty members. During this period, students will register for six credit hours of Master’s Project Guidance. The Master’s Project involves work on a limited topic selected in consultation with the project director. Students must meet regularly with their project director and demonstrate regular, substantial progress. Students must submit the project to their committee no later than November 15 or March 30 of the final semester. The project committee will evaluate the quality of the work; suggested improvements or revisions must be concluded in whole before the Graduate School’s degree form (“M”-form) deadline. (See Thesis/Dissertation guidelines for more specific instructions, forms, deadlines, etc.).