FRENCH Graduate Studies
The Department of Modern Languages offers a Master of Arts in French. Both thesis and non-thesis programs are available. Courses for a secondary area can be taken in any language offered by the Department of Modern Languages.
High school teachers with five years or more of teaching experience may apply to earn their Masters in French through our one-year M.A. Program. Also, high school teachers can register to take graduate courses as non-degree students. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages by email or phone at (740) 593-2765.
* Selection Procedure for Recommending Appointments and Reappointments
* Duties and Stipends of Teaching and Graduate Associates
* Requirements for the Master’s Degree
* Role of the Graduate Students in the Department
* Career Opportunities Information
* Course Load
* Further Information
Selection Procedure for Recommending Appointments and Reappointments
A prospective student is considered for admission to the graduate program and for financial support in the Department of Modern Languages as soon as the following documents have been received by the Department’s Graduate Committee:
1. Online application form along with a non-refundable application fee submitted to the Graduate College via the following link: http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply.cfm
Information on fees, reference forms and graduate programs can also be found at this link.
2. Two official transcripts from post-secondary schools, sent to the Graduate College. International students must also send copies of diplomas and transcripts translated into English and notarized, earn a TOEFL score of 550 or above, and earn a passing score on the Test of Spoken English.
Send the following directly to the Department of Modern Languages:
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. A written statement of purpose in French.
5. For candidates who are non-native speakers of French we require an audio sample of their target language ability (CD preferred, but check with the department if sending another media form). The sample should be a genuine spoken statement (not a reading of a written text), 5-10 minutes in length, in which you talk about your background in language and why you want to complete the M.A.
The best qualified applicants will be offered a graduate stipend and a tuition scholarship. The Department expects the student to respond to the offer within 10 days. Reappointment can be expected for the duration of the student’s M.A. studies, providing the student maintains at least a 3.00 grade point average in academic work and performs assigned responsibilities to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
Additional Requirements for International Students after arrival on campus:
1. In addition to sending copies of their diplomas as part of the application process, international students must bring with them the original of their diplomas and show them to a staff member of the graduate college once they arrive on campus.
2. In addition to taking the TOEFL in their own country as part of the application process, international students have to pass the TOEFL and the Test of Spoken English on campus before they can receive financial support from Ohio University. Even if the student passed the test in the country of origin, it must be taken again at Ohio University during orientation week prior to the beginning of classes. Failure to pass this test means that the student cannot receive financial support.
Duties and Stipends of Graduate Teaching Associates
A student on graduate stipend may be assigned classroom teaching or language lab duties. It is expected that students on graduate stipends provide a minimum of 15 hours of service to the department per week.
Duties: Teaching associates teach one beginning language course (3 credit hours) per term. In addition to the 3 hours spent in the classroom, the teaching associate must also devote time to class preparation and the writing of tests under the guidance of the first-year language coordinator. Each associate is expected to establish regular office hours for advising students. The total amount of time involved in teaching is estimated to be 15 hours a week. If, for any reason, the associate cannot meet his/her class, the first-year coordinator must be notified before the class is to meet. Teaching associates may not tutor, for pay, any student enrolled in an Ohio University French course.
Stipend: Associates will receive a stipend, plus a full tuition waiver for the academic year. Associates will also receive a full tuition waiver for the summer terms immediately preceding and following the years of the appointment, up to a maximum of two summer terms during their graduate career. The stipend is for approximately 9 months. All students are responsible for paying a general fee each quarter and for student health insurance. (If the student is already covered by a health insurance policy, proof must be provided to the cashier at O.U.). The university also charges a technology fee.
Requirements for the Master’s Degree in French
The M.A. in French is awarded after successful completion of the following:
* A minimum of 10 graduate courses in French (40 credit hours) including the core requirement and two seminars
* A second language requirement
* Comprehensive exams
Eight-course core requirement: (32 credits)
* Four literature courses (these can include seminars) (16 credits)
* French 5640 Theory of Teaching French (taken the first quarter) (4 credits)
* French 5441 Stylistics and Criticism (offered every other year) (4 credits)
* French 5437 Applied Phonetics or French 5439 Modern Usage (4 credits)
* French 5360 (Culture and Civilization) (4 credits)
Elective courses in French (8 credits)
Note: Courses that do not count among the ten courses are French 6940, 6930 and 6920; in all courses a grade of B or higher is required; B- is not sufficient.
Second language requirement
A reading knowledge of a second modern language or Latin is required. The second language requirement can be fulfilled in the following ways:
1. Having completed the beginning-level sequence or above as an undergraduate (must be indicated on an official transcript).
2. Completing the second language through the beginning-level sequence or higher as a graduate student.
3. Passing one course in the second language at the 3000 level or higher.
4. Completing two graduate courses in the Department of Linguistics.
These courses do not count as part of the ten courses required for the M.A. The grade B is the minimum level of proficiency for all of the above; B- is not sufficient.
Comprehensive written and oral examinations in French are required. Written and oral comprehensive exams are given when the student has completed the two requirements described above. These examinations are based on course work and the M.A. Reading List, which is available at the link below. The usual time required to meet the course requirements for the M.A. is two academic years.
Click here for the French MA Reading List
French teaching associates must register for one hour of 6920 (Teaching College French) every term they are on financial appointment.
An M.A. thesis is an option, but is not required.
Role of the Graduate Students in the Department
Graduate students are eligible to represent the department in the Graduate Student Senate. We strongly encourage interested students to run for office.
Graduate students are invited to join Phi Sigma Iota, the French Honor Society. The Society holds informal conversation hours, shows French films, organizes other events. In addition, the department sponsors research colloquia and social get-togethers. Graduate students are invited to participate in these activities.
Career Opportunities Information
Students are encouraged to discuss career goals with their graduate advisor or other members of the French faculty as soon as they begin their studies. It is also helpful to visit the Career Services Office in Baker Center, where students can register and be advised of many resources available for career planning. Students who take two years to complete work for the M.A. have the option of earning a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language by taking courses in the Department of Linguistics. It is also possible to earn licensure to teach French in public schools. Consult with your advisor regarding this possibility. Industry, business, banking, and travel need employees who not only speak and write foreign languages, but are also knowledgeable about the lives and cultures of the people who communicate in the language.
All French Teaching Associates must take a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours (3 courses) per term, in addition to one credit of 6920. The maximum number of credits covered by the scholarship is 18. All new students should take 3 courses in French during their first term. This is intended to help teaching associates adjust to graduate studies.
Advanced courses in the department are normally not offered during the summer. Exceptions include 6930 (Independent Study), 6940 (Directed Readings), 5110, 5120 (in a second language), or a seminar in the department, when offered. To benefit from tuition scholarship during the summer term students are required to take a minimum of 9 hours.
The French Section offers a course or a seminar on all major periods (except the Middle Ages) during each two-year cycle.
Students are expected to work on completing the M.A. Reading List during the three semesters preceding their comprehensive exams. However, they may register for 6940 (4 hours) in place of a regularly scheduled course in order to review the works on the Reading List. Students will typically replace only one course in this manner, and will normally do so during the term in which they take their exams or during the preceding term. The grade for 6940 is determined by the student’s performance on the comprehensive exam. Independent Study 6930 can be used for special projects in any academic term, but cannot replace one of the student’s 12 required courses. During the summer session, additional 6930 credits are available when no graduate courses are offered by the department.
Under no circumstances may any 6940 or 6930 credits count toward the 12 graduate courses required for the M.A. Requests for any hours taken under 6930 must be approved by both the graduate faculty member directing and grading the study and by the Chair of the Graduate Committee.
Graduate students may take courses in other areas. However, a student receiving a stipend from the Department of Modern Languages may normally take only one graduate course a quarter outside the Department.
5502 16th-Century French Literature
5503 17th-Century French Literature
5504 18th-Century French Literature
5505 19th-Century French Literature
5506 20th-Century French Literature
5437 Applied Phonetics
5439 Modern French Usage
5640 Teaching French: Theory and Practice
5441 Stylistics and Criticism
5511 Francophone Literature of Sub-Saharan Africa, Maghreb, and the Caribbean
5360 French Culture and Civilization
5512 Francophone Literature of the Americas
5110, 5120 German for Graduate Reading Requirement
5110, 5120 Italian for Graduate Reading Requirement
5110, 5120 Russian for Graduate Reading Requirement
5110, 5120 Spanish for Graduate Reading Requirement
5110, 5120 Portuguese for Graduate Reading Requirement
5410 Supervised Practice and Research in Language Lab
5430 Video in the Foreign Language Classroom
5635 Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary School
5645 Teaching Modern Languages
For further information regarding admissions, program options, or degree requirements, email us directly at:
Or, you may write to:
Graduate Chair, French
Department of Modern Languages
Athens, OH 45701
(Last Updated April 2013)