M.A. in French

The Master of Arts degree program in French is offered in the following two areas of concentration:

  • Literature is designed for students who want to increase their knowledge of French literature, culture, and language.
  • Pedagogy is designed primarily for students who wish to teach in elementary and secondary schools, and for those who wish to increase their language proficiency and effectiveness as teachers.

View the program requirements for the M.A. in French 

Literature Option

Students have two possibilities. They may successfully complete 33 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive examination, or they may write a thesis, successfully complete 27 hours of coursework, and pass a shorter examination. The following six hours are required of all students pursuing the M.A. in French Literature:

  • FR 53216 Contemporary French Culture (3 hours)
  • FR 53213 Advanced Composition (3 hours) Students must enroll in this course in their first fall semester.
  • The remaining 27 or 21 hours may be chosen from among the 50000-level French literature, culture, and language classes offered during the fall and spring semesters.


Students must successfully complete 36 semester hours of coursework and a final project, a portfolio, or a comprehensive examination. Additionally, students will complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination in the language in which they are earning their degree. Specific requirements include courses in the student’s second language (12 hours):

  • FR 53213
  • FR 53216
  • 6 hours of literature and culture/civilization courses.

In addition, students must successfully complete:

  • MCLS 50660,* 60601, 60661, 60698(12 hours)
  • 9 hours of graduate courses in second language pedagogy
  • 3 hours of graduate electives

Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad programs (limit 6 hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (limit 4 hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such programs.

*Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.

For further information on the M.A. in French Literature, contact Prof. Maryann DeJulio (mdejulio@kent.edu).