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Twin Cities Campus

French M.A.

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of French and Italian, 314 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-0418, fax: 612-624-6021)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 34
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The French program, which offers MA and PhD degrees, covers all areas of French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. Traditional areas of study and scholarship are inflected by the faculty's interests, expertise, and research in areas that are shaping the discipline of French studies. The program, which fosters interdisciplinary research, has particular strengths in literary and cultural studies, critical theory, feminist studies, medieval studies, cinema studies, and francophone studies.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential, a complete set of official transcripts, a sample of their academic writing, evidence of spoken French proficiency (audio sample or phone interview), and a written statement of research interests and goals. International student applicants should also submit scores for the TOEFL or equivalent English proficiency testing program. The program offers funding packages of five years for those admitted at the MA level. Submission of all application materials by January 10 ensures consideration for other fellowships and graduate instructorships for the next academic year. New teaching assistants and fellowship recipients are only admitted for fall semester; others may be admitted in mid-year.
Special Application Requirements:
A B.A. in French (or equivalent), with a literary emphasis, is required for the M.A. programs. Applicants have generally completed at least 18 credits in French literature and culture. Prospective students whose undergraduate degree is in another field, but who have taken substantial coursework in French and are strongly motivated to pursue literary studies, are invited to contact the director of graduate studies in French.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 18 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is written and oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Proficiency in foreign language other than French
Required Courses
FRIT 5999 - Teaching of French and Italian: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 5995 - Directed Teaching (1.0 cr)
Plan Options
Plan A
Major Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 5xxx
· FREN 8xxx
· FRIT 5xxx
· FRIT 8xxx
Outside the Major -- Related Fields
Students take at least 6 credits outside the major or in a master's-level minor.
Thesis Credits
Take exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Major Electives
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 5xxx
· FREN 8xxx
· FRIT 5xxx
· FRIT 8xxx
Outside the Major -- Related Fields
Students take at least 9 credits outside the major or in a master's-level minor.
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FRIT 5999 - Teaching of French and Italian: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical and practical aspects of language learning and teaching applied to French and Italian. Includes history of foreign language teaching in 20th-century United States. Taught in English.
FREN 5995 - Directed Teaching
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Directed teaching.
FREN 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]