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Graduate Degree Programs

MA in Romance Languages

Students seeking the MA in Romance Languages may specialize in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romance Linguistics, or a combination of two or more languages. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option. Requirements for the MA degree with a Master’s thesis: 27 credit hours, 3 credit hours for the thesis requirement, MA exams, and an oral thesis defense. Requirements for the MA degree, non thesis option: 30 credit hours and written and oral MA exams. Most students who want a chance to teach are able to do so as departmental teaching assistants while completing their degree. A teaching assistantship offers a tuition waiver and a stipend. Out of state tuition waivers are also available for graduate students not holding an assistantship.

Additionally, the study of any two Romance languages may be combined. Students seeking an MA in Romance Languages in two languages take five courses in a major area: Italian literature, Brazilian and Portuguese literatures, French and Francophone literatures, French linguistics, Hispanic linguistics, or Spanish and Latin American literatures. Four additional courses are taken in a second Romance language. Students are guided through the program by their faculty advisor.

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PhD in Romance Languages

The PhD is offered in Romance Languages with a major in French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish literatures, or Hispanic Linguistics. Romance Languages faculty members specialize in aesthetics, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, colonialism, diasporas and migration, collective memory, eco-criticism and Hispanic Linguistics including applied linguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, second language acquisition, pragmatics, semantics, and sociolinguistics.  Students are guided through the program by their faculty advisor and PhD students are usually awarded departmental teaching assistantships for the 4-5 years required to complete the degree.

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