Romance Languages and Literatures — Graduate

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Graduate Programs

The Romance Languages and Literatures Department provides instruction in the French, Italian, and Spanish languages, literatures, and cultures with the programs leading to Master of Arts degrees. A candidate for the MA is expected to acquire oral and written proficiency in one romance language, sound knowledge of the principal aspects of the literature and culture in that language, and familiarity with various methods of scholarship and criticism.

The Master of Arts degree in each of the three languages follows a similar structure: nine (9) graduate courses (36 credits). Two of the nine are considered electives, selected with the student’s advisor or department graduate director and tailored to the student’s needs and future objectives, in closely related subject matter within the general framework of the Master’s program. Of the remaining seven courses, the student is immersed in the literature and culture of the language being studied. A parallel program is available whereby one course substitution of a Thesis may be selected. All students are required to take Comprehensive Examinations. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test scores are required for admission (this requirement is waived for students applying to the 5-year BA/MA program).

The requirements for the MA in French, Italian, or Spanish may be satisfied according to Plan A or Plan B described below.

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Course Requirements

MA Plan A

Total courses required: nine (exclusive of 591 and 599)

 

Requirements

Courses

Major literature/language/culture

7

Electives (500-level courses in another field with the consent of the department)

2

Comprehensive examination  
  TOTAL 9

MA Plan B

Total courses required: nine (exclusive of 591)

 

Requirements

Courses

Major literature/language/culture

6

Electives (500-level courses in another field with the consent of the department)

2

Thesis 1
Comprehensive examination  
  TOTAL 9
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Comprehensive Examinations

Written and oral comprehensive examinations in the major language/literature/culture are offered at the end of each semester. These examinations, based on a reading list as well as coursework, test the candidate’s familiarity with core works of literature/culture/linguistics, knowledge of the general historical development of those works, and ability to use the language correctly. The comprehensive examinations are normally taken at the end of the third semester of coursework for the degree and may be taken after the student has completed 20 credit hours of coursework (five courses). For details regarding the comprehensive examinations, consult the department’s graduate director.

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Thesis

Under Plan B, the student fulfills the thesis requirement by submitting a thesis, presented through the respective advisors to the chairperson of the departmental graduate committee, at least eight weeks before the last day of classes of the semester in which the degree is to be granted. The student may be required during this time to make corrections, additions or other alterations to bring the work up to the standard required for thesis credit.