Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Foreign Languages

The foreign languages MA 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 four concentrations: 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

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

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 pass a comprehensive exam or write a thesis.

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
EDUC 511
Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts  
EDUC 537
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.

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