Graduate Programs in French
Working together with their Faculty Advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and other faculty members, MA students at the University of Arizona have the flexibility to construct a Plan of Study that suits their own particular needs and interests. The Plan of Study may include, but is not limited to, one of the following emphases: (1) French Literature and Culture, (2) Teaching French as a Foreign Language, and (3) Francophone Studies. Students normally proceed through the M.A. program in four semesters. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GATships) are typically available although they are contingent on budget, academic records (for incoming students), and reports of satisfactory progress (for continuing students). We also offer a one-year exchange assistantship with the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot) and a one-semester exchange with the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne).
When all requirements are met and funds are sufficient, graduate students may receive support for four semesters as a GAT. An additional semester of support is available in special circumstances. Entering students normally teach two courses per semester, unless course releases are obtained. All GATships include non-resident tuition waivers. Summer teaching positions are available for advanced students at the UA and with the Arizona in Paris summer program. We also have an exchange with the University of Paris (VII).
The graduate program offers courses on French and Francophone literatures and cultures in all major areas of the French tradition as well as literature in French from the Maghreb, Lebanon, West and Central Africa and the Caribbean. The department's courses on French and Francophone literatures and culture deal with current debates on topics that include identity, canon formation, the discipline and its history, and Francophonie, while presenting the classics in their historical and cultural contexts. The faculty employs a range of methods drawing on feminism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, history and postcolonial theory among others. Likewise, students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary approaches and often enroll in courses in related fields such as Women's studies, English and Anthropology to name just a few of the options. Faculty in the department also offer graduate courses on second language acquisition, pedagogy and linguistics and contribute to the M.A. program in French and to the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second-Language Acquisition and Teaching.
Through course work and research in French and in related disciplines students gain an extensive knowledge of literary and cultural texts; a thorough understanding of field-specific and field-related methods, criticism, and theories; and the ability to integrate that knowledge into their own research. In addition to being trained as independent critics and scholars, M.A. candidates in French also undergo formal training as teachers that will serve them well on the job market and/or in their applications to Ph.D. programs.
While the recommended deadline for Fall admission is January 15, we will continue to review applications until all openings are filled.
Our Masters programs in French and Francophone Studies require 30 units of coursework; except the Secondary Teaching Certificate option, which requires 48 units including the teaching internship. Students normally proceed through the program in four semesters, completing 5 courses or 15 units during each year in residence. Students meet regularly with the Director of Graduate Studies to craft a curriculum that suits their individual needs and interests. In addition, each student is assigned a faculty mentor. For all options, a minimum of seven classes (this does not include French 593 nor thesis units) must be taken with professors in the French department. Students taking French courses taught in English will do reading and written work in French whenever possible. All options are designed to prepare students for a variety of professional options such as a career in teaching French as a foreign language or pursuing doctoral studies in French and Francophone programs or related fields. Links below offer detailed descriptions of our program's areas of emphasis.
Gain a comprehensive overview of French and/or Francophone Studies with courses in literature, culture, film, linguistics, pedagogy and critical theory with discussion of social and historical contexts in France and the French-speaking world and prepare for programs at the Ph.D. level in French, Francophone Studies, related fields or to enter the job market with valuable skills.
Gain a comprehensive overview of French theoretical and applied linguistics as well as second language acquisition and teaching. Prepare to pursue doctoral work in French linguistics or second language acquisition and teaching such as in the SLAT PhD program at the University of Arizona.
Prepare for a teaching career in secondary education and become certified to teach in public K-12 schools in the state of Arizona.
Allows highly qualified UA undergraduates to start coursework toward a Masters during their last year of undergraduate studies, completing their Masters in the fifth year.
The Professional MA in French is a course of study that allows students to complete an emphasis in one of the following areas:
College of Humanities
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
English proficiency exam for international students. See list of acceptable exams and scores here.
Graduate College Fellowships
Tuition and Registration Scholarships
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Minumum credits: 30. Our Masters programs in French and Francophone Studies require 30 units of coursework; except the Secondary Teaching Certificate option, which requires 48 units including the teaching internship. Students normally proceed through the program in four semesters, completing 5 courses or 15 units during each year in residence.
Courses are taught in French unless cross-listed or otherwise indicated.
Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy
TLS 593: Teaching Internship
N/A, see Core Coursework Requirements above
Students in the Masters programs in French and Francophone Studies must either complete a comprehensive exam or write a thesis. The exams or thesis are done during the second year, usually in the spring semester, with written and oral components. The graduate handbook has a detailed timeline for preparing the exams and thesis.
Students should complete a Plan of Study in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and file the form via GradPath no later than their second semester in residence. The Plan of Study should list all courses that you have taken, are taking, and plan to take as part of your Masters program curriculum. Students complete the form online and pay the fee. The Graduate College requires that the Plan of Study be submitted during the second semester in residence. The Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Service Coordinator for SILLC will assist in revising the POS, as needed, if the planned curriculum changes.
Independent Study: When a student is interested in a topic/area that is not addressed at all by regular course offerings, up to three credits of Independent Study (FREN 599) may be counted toward the degree, pending faculty availability and DGS approval.
Satisfactory Academic Progress: Satisfactory progress is determined by the Department Head in consultation with the faculty, the Graduate Studies Committee, the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of Basic Languages (for GATs), and the Graduate College. To demonstrate satisfactory progress, students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as assessed at the end of every semester and must be making normal progress toward the degree. This typically involves completing at least 6 units per semester with at least a B average.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: