Spanish and French Concentration

Multilingual, interdisciplinary MA combines coursework in French and Spanish

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MA-FRLN-SF

The Master of Arts in Foreign Languages aims to enhance the linguistic and cultural proficiency of students through courses in sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, film studies, cultural studies and literary studies. Students may select from five concentrations: Chinese, French, Spanish, French and Spanish, and Spanish/bilingual-multicultural education. Located only miles from Washington, D.C., students take advantage of the program’s existing relationships with schools, embassies, federal agencies, and international businesses—providing opportunity for internships and other educational experiences outside the classroom. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-42

Each concentration has a different number of required credits. In all four concentrations, 6 of the total credits may be earned with a thesis. Regardless of the concentration selected, all students must meet the core and distribution requirements given below and demonstrate proficiency through a portfolio or a thesis/capstone project.

Concentration in Chinese (CHIN)

Core Courses
Choose six courses from the following: 18
Chinese Linguistics Teaching Methodology
Topics in Traditional Chinese Literature
Approaches to Classical/Literary Chinese
Chinese and Sinophone Cinema
Topics in Chinese Poetry and Poetics
Chinese Popular Culture
Advanced Translation
Chinese Theatrical Dramas in the 20th Century
Elective Courses
Choose four courses (12 credits) from the following. A maximum of 6 credits of CHIN 797 or 799 may be applied to the degree. 12
Capstone Project 1,2
Master's Thesis 2
Internship in Chinese Studies
Regional Ethnography
EDCI 519
Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
EDCI 560
Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages
EDCI 684
Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools
EDRD 620
Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages
Topics in Regional Folklore Studies
Theory of Translation
Basic Issues in Language Pedagogy
Heritage Language Education
Geography of China
Other courses in select areas in consultation with advisor 3
Total Credits 30
1

Capstone project conducted under the supervision of a faculty project director and project evaluation committee. Project should be a substantial contribution to the field.

2

Students who do not complete their thesis or capstone research project during one semester of CHIN 797 or CHIN 799 will need to register for additional credits and must maintain continuous enrollment until project is submitted.

3

Additional coursework in the following areas can apply to the concentration in consultation with an advisor: anthropology, education, folklore, government, history, literature,linguistics, religion.

Concentration in French (FRN)

18 credits must be in courses with the subject code FREN.

Literature
Select two courses in literature chosen in consultation with an advisor and cover two different literary periods or Francophone regions. 6
French Language and Linguistics
Select two courses in French language and linguistics chosen in consultation with an advisor. 6
French
Select two additional courses in French literature or language in consultation with an advisor. 6
Electives
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor. A maximum of 6 credits may be used for directed reading and research or thesis. 12
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Thesis
Total Credits 30

Concentration in Spanish (SPN)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502 Hispanic Sociolinguistics 3
SPAN 510 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies 3
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select any five courses with the SPAN subject code. 15
Electives
Select three electives in consultation with an advisor. 2 9
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Total Credits 30
1

Students must take the core courses within their first 15 credits.

2

They can include additional courses in Latin American or Spanish culture, linguistics, or literature, courses with the subject code FRLN, up to 6 credits of courses in related fields, and up to 6 credits of thesis research and writing. Students who do not complete their thesis during one semester of SPAN 799 will need to register for additional credits. Independent studies courses are not available for graduate students of Spanish.

Concentration in Spanish and French (SF)

French
Select six required courses (not electives) specified under the concentration in French. 18
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Take the two required core courses specified under the concentration in Spanish, plus four electives with the SPAN subject code. 18
Electives
Select two electives with the FREN, FRLN, and SPAN subject codes. 1 6
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Credits 42
1

Students who elect to complete a thesis may apply 6 credits of 798 and 799 to fulfill this requirement.

Concentration in Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education (SBM)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502 Hispanic Sociolinguistics 3
SPAN 510 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies 3
Latino, Latin American or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select four courses with the SPAN subject code. 12
Education Courses
Select two courses from the following list in consultation with an advisor. 6
Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
EDCI 516
Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research
EDCI 520
Assessment of Language Learners
EDCI 560
Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages
EDCI 684
Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools
EDRD 620
Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages
Electives 2
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor. 12
Total Credits 36
1

Students must take the core courses within their first 15 credits.

2

Students who elect to complete a thesis may apply 6 credits of 798 and 799 to fulfill this requirement.

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking foreign languages or global affairs with a discipline other than that listed below should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies in AP.6.9.6.

Foreign Languages, MA and Global Affairs, MA Dual Degree

The Department of Foreign Languages and the Global Affairs Program offer a dual master's program where a student can earn both a Foreign languages MA (concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish-bilingual/multicultural education) and the Global Affairs MA in a minimum of 48 credits rather than the minimum of 60 credits. This program is governed by university policy AP.6.9.6.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to this dual master's program see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Requirements

Students pursuing a dual master's program linking the Foreign Languages MA with a concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish bilingual/multicultural education with the Global Affairs MA can share 12 credits between the two programs.