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M.A. Program

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Dr. John Romeiser
Coordinator of French Studies
608 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7602
E-mail: jromeise@utk.edu

The Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies has a core literary emphasis. However, students who have interests in other fields can incorporate them into the M.A., by doing course work in one the following areas: Cinema, Linguistics or Applied Linguistics, and Theater.

In addition to completing all course requirements and final examinations, students are expected to carry out research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in French and Francophone Studies. It is possible to choose either the thesis option or the non-thesis option. Students planning to continue to a Ph.D. program will gain practice writing a thesis with the first option. However, students pursuing a terminal M.A. degree normally select the non-thesis option.

Thesis Option

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in coursework plus at least 6 hours in course 500 Thesis. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken at the 400 level, the rest at the 500 level, and under certain conditions the student may take 600-level seminars. If the student chooses to have a minor (such as Italian or Portuguese), at least 24 hours (including 6 hours of thesis) must be taken in the major, 6 in the minor.
  2. A thesis, with a minimum of 6 semester hours in course 500.
  3. A written examination covering the coursework and selected items from a master reading list.
  4. A final oral examination covering the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

  1. Completion of at least 30 semester hours, with a maximum of 9 at the 400 level, the rest at the 500 level. Under certain conditions, the student may take 600-level seminars. If the student chooses to have a minor (such as Italian or Portuguese), at least 24 hours must be taken in the major, 6 in the minor.
  2. A research paper from a course developed to approximately twenty-five (25) pages in length, which has been approved by your committee.
  3. A written examination covering the coursework and selected items from a master reading list.
  4. A final oral examination to discuss the papers.

Five-Year BA-MA Program – French and Francophone Studies Major

For qualified students, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures now offers a 5-year BA-MA program with a BA major in French and Francophone Studies and a non-thesis MA major in French and Francophone Studies. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BA degree and the MA degree. Qualifications for admission to the program are:

  • The student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in undergraduate French and Francophone Studies courses to be considered for admission to the program.
  • Conditional and full admission of a student into this program must be approved by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and by the Graduate School.
  • Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of the requirements for the BA in French and Francophone Studies, as specified by any Undergraduate Catalog in effect during that student's attendance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provided that the Catalog has been in effect within six years of the date of graduation.
  • Conditional admission must be obtained before taking a graduate course that is to be used to satisfy the requirements of both the BA and MA degrees.
  • Full admission may be granted after completing 96 hours of the requirements for the BA in French and Francophone Studies, as specified by any Undergraduate Catalog in effect during that student's attendance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provided that the Catalog has been in effect within six years of the date of graduation. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 in undergraduate French courses is required for full admission.
  • Any course taken for graduate credit prior to satisfying all requirements for the BA degree must be approved by the department head (or designee) and by the Graduate School.
  • A student will not be eligible for a graduate assistantship until the student has satisfied all of the requirements for the BA degree.

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