The French Program offers the Master of Arts and Master of Science in
Education degrees in French. Both degrees can lead to careers in
teaching, business, and government, or qualify students for admission to
doctoral programs in French or comparative literature.
Master of Arts in French
The comprehensive program leading to the Master of Arts offers students
a variety of approaches to French studies, including courses in French
literature ranging from the medieval to the contemporary periods, French
civilization, advanced translation, and stylistics. Seminars are given
in methodology or selected topics.
Graduate Adviser: David Andrew Jones: King Hall 207, 718-997-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org.
These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.
- A strong undergraduate concentration in, consisting normally of a minimum of 20 undergraduate elective credits.
- The credentials of each applicant are to be examined by a suitable
departmental committee which shall have the authority to accept or
reject the candidate. This committee may request an interview with a
candidate for admission if it feels it necessary to do so.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree
These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
- Students must consult the Graduate Adviser in their language for
assistance and guidance in working out an approved program of studies.
- Thirty credits are required for the Master of Arts degree.
Completion of a thesis is optional. Students who wish to complete the
thesis are required to take 791 and 792 as part of the 30-credit
requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be taken in the major
language. The remaining credits may be taken with permission in a second
- All students are required to take the appropriate seminar (781) and course (701).
- Students will be required to demonstrate their reading knowledge
of another language, in addition to their major language. A classical
language may be substituted by special permission.
- A comprehensive examination, both written and oral, will be
administered in the major language, in which students will be tested on
their knowledge of the important authors and literary movements. A
student may not attempt this examination more than twice.
- A thesis based on original research (791, 792, Special Problems)
may be substituted for two of the courses. This thesis will normally be
written in English, or, by special permission, in the foreign language
of the major field of the student's concentration.
Master of Science in Education
Developed for teachers in middle, junior high, and senior high schools,
the Master of Science in Education program combines course work in
French (language, literature, and civilization), foreign language
education, and professional education leading to permanent state
The Master of Science in Education Program (French) responds to the
needs of teachers and prospective teachers of foreign languages. The
degree program combines course work in 1) culture, literature, and
language, 2) foreign language education, and 3) professional education.
The courses in culture, literature, and language are given by the
Department of European Languages and Literatures. The courses in foreign
language education and professional education are offered by the School
In addition to the general admission requirements stated on page 16 of the Graduate Bulletin, applicants should have:
- Strong undergraduate concentration in the language of specialization consisting of at least 21 credits above course 204.
- Either an undergraduate minor in Secondary Education or completion
of the following sequence of courses as part of the Secondary Education
SEYS 536. Educational Foundations 3 credits
SEYS 552. Educational Psychology 3 credits
SEYS 562. Seminar in Teaching Foreign Languages 3 credits
SEYS 573. Student Teaching 6 credits
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree
The 30 credits required for the degree are to be distributed as follows:
- Six courses in the major language:
Two courses (6 cr.) in language and linguistics
Four courses (12 cr.) in literature and civilization
- Four courses in Secondary Education:
1. One course from the area of Foundations of Education:
SEYS 701-708 (Prereq.: SEYS 201 or 536); 3 cr.
2. One course from the area of Psychological Foundations:
SEYS 709, 710, 717, 718, 719, 738, or 768 (Prereq.: SEYS 222 or 552); 3 cr.
3. SEYS743, Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages in Secondary School (Prereq.: SEYS 351 or 562); 3 cr.
4. SEYS 785, Methods of Research in Foreign Language Instruction
(Prereq.: SEYS 743 or SEYS 790, a thesis based on original research in
language or literature, directed by an adviser in the major language; 3
- Students should meet with the Graduate Adviser as soon as possible to plan their program of study and submit it for approval.