Aug 14, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

World Languages (French) [M.A.]

Revised Program [Fall 2020]

The goal of the Master of Arts in World Languages - French program is to improve the cultural knowledge and linguistic proficiency of students, enhancing their professional skills and/or preparing them for further graduate study.

Program Objectives:

  1. Development of advanced/professional level skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French;
  2. Cultural acquisition through the study of French and French-speaking cultures and literature;
  3. Acquisition of research skills.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following requirements

  1. Minimum Graduate School requirements
  2. Candidates must hold undergraduate majors or minors in the language of their specialization, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and a grade point average of 3.0 in courses in the target language.
  3. Candidates must complete an oral proficiency interview in the language of their specialization with a rating of “Advanced-low” on the ACTFL scale (Additional Information ). 
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. A personal statement in the language of specialization.
  6. Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with deficiencies in target language proficiency. Such candidates must successfully complete deficiency courses including, but not limited to, FRNH 443 - Advanced French Grammar and Composition  and FRNH 444 - Advanced French Conversation . Graduate credit will not be granted for these courses.

The faculty of the language area of specialization will review applications.

Department Information

World Languages | Jeff Popko, Ph.D., Department Head | 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130,

Advisor Information

Genevieve Peden, Ph.D., 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130,

Degree Requirements: 30-32 hours

The Master of Arts in World Languages (French) requires 30-32 hours of course work to be distributed as follows

Cultural Immersion Experience

Students in all programs must complete a cultural immersion experience of at least six weeks in a country where the target language is predominant. Students who believe they have already fulfilled this requirement may petition to have the requirement waived or reduced; if the petition is approved, the candidate may substitute up to six hours of restricted electives. Students may satisfy this requirement through the intensive immersion experience offered in their language program. Similar programs of study with corroborating documentation may be accepted upon approval of the faculty of the area of concentration. Students should select a study abroad program in consultation with a faculty advisor prior to enrollment in any such program.