Foreign Languages and Literatures
Telephone: (302) 831-2592
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The department offers two Master of Arts programs, the MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and the MA in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy. Graduate students in French and Spanish may apply to spend a year abroad in Caen, France, or a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Graduate students in German may apply for the International Summer Program at the Fachhochschule Fulda.
Application for Admission
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier. The Department observes a policy of rolling admissions, but for funding, applications should be received by February 1, as the initial round of funding decisions will be made in mid-February. Students who miss the February 1 deadline may still be considered for any teaching assistantships or graduate scholarships not assigned in February.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has two principal types of awards: graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships. Graduate assistants may be assigned to the classroom as teaching assistants, to the Media Center, or to individual faculty to serve as research or writing assistants. In their first year, graduate students who teach are usually assigned as team-teachers of elementary or intermediate foreign language courses, working with experienced instructors.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Exchange programs with the Universities of Caen (France) and Granada (Spain) offer graduate students an opportunity to spend a semester or a year abroad. These programs are competitive. Graduate students in German may apply for the International Summer Program at the Fachhochschule Fulda.
MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures
This degree program offers students a choice of several options in the study of foreign languages and literatures: a single-major plan (30 credits), a major-minor plan (36 credits), and a double-major plan (42 credits). Major fields are French, German, and Spanish. Minor fields are French, German, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Russian, Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy, and related disciplines.
Requirements for Admission
The requirements for admission are:
B.A. or equivalent in the target language/literature, or in another appropriate discipline.
Undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.9 overall, and 3.25 in the proposed MA major subject.
GRE General Test. Official GRE scores should be submitted at the beginning of the application process. The analytical writing test is required as a part of the GRE A minimum of 158 (570 on the pre-2011 scoring scale) on the verbal reasoning section is normally required.
TOEFL for international students (paper-based: minimum of 550 minimum for admission, 600 for teaching assistantship; computer-based: minimum of 213 for admission, 250 for teaching assistantship; internet-based iBT: minimum of 79 for admission, 100 for teaching assistantship).
Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who know you well and can comment on your academic performance in the target language (either French, Spanish, or German), as well as on your current target language proficiency (if you are a non-native speaker of that language). If you have been away from the academic world for some years, a letter from an employer may be substituted for on academic letter.
Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language (this may be a paper written for an undergraduate class). In addition, candidates applying for a teaching assistantship may have a brief personal or telephone interview conducted in English and the target language.
Admission to the MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet one or more requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.
Requirements for the Degree
Depending on the option chosen, between 30 and 42 credits are required, including at least 24 in the major language(s) and literature(s).
Candidates must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination based on reading lists in the major literature.
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