Master of Arts in French, Italian or Spanish

Our vibrant department is home to nationally and internationally recognized faculty who research in the fields of Contemporary, Early Modern and Medieval Literature and Culture, Transatlantic, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, as well as Linguistics and Cinema.

We offer a wide variety of courses, many of which are informed by ongoing research:

  • Food and literature in the francophone Caribbean
  • Gothic literature in the Spanish Caribbean
  • Politics of language
  • Medieval French literature and digital humanities
  • Italian neorealism
  • Gender and power in early modern French literature
  • Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) language
  • Colonial cartography and expeditions
  • Contemporary poetry in Spain and Italy
  • French phonology and Quebec studies
  • Detective fiction and memory studies in Latina America
  • Metafictional literature in Spain
  • Dante and Cervantes literary studies

Our faculty includes professors from the U.S., Puerto Rico and several romance language-speaking countries (Argentina, Italy, Romania, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela). Their backgrounds contribute to the rich multicultural experience of our graduate students. 

Small class sizes (ranging from 5 to 25 students) foster close student-faculty collaboration. Many classes are offered in the evening and at night to accommodate part-time students.

Students are encouraged to seek academic advice early to develop a suitable course of study for their interests. Merit-based scholarships for graduate students may also be available.

For admission requirements and application instructions, visit the Graduate School website

Goals and Requirements

Throughout their MA studies, students acquire superior oral and written proficiency in one romance language; sound knowledge of the principal aspects of one or more literatures and cultures in that language; and familiarity with various methods of scholarship and criticism.

To complete their degrees, students take 9 courses (36 credits) and comprehensive examinations. Students have the option to complete a thesis.

Coursework: Two of the 9 required courses are electives and can be taken in different departments. Electives should be selected with the student’s advisor or graduate director and tailored to the student's needs and objectives. In the remaining 7 courses, the student is immersed in the literature, culture and language of their choice. See the Course Descriptions section of the website for more information on course offerings.

Comprehensive Exams: All students are required to take comprehensive exams. For details, see the descriptions of Tracks A and B below.

Track A: Comprehensive Exam Option

  • Course requirements: 9 courses (36 credits)
  • Electives (in related fields): 2 courses (8 credits)
  • Comprehensive exams on core reading list and field-specific lists

Track B: Thesis Option 

  • This track requires advisor approval.
  • Course requirements: 9 courses (36 credits)
    • One course can be replaced with an independent study to work on the thesis
  • Electives (in related fields): 2 courses (8 credits)
  • Comprehensive exam only on core reading list
  • MA thesis

Last Updated: 10/24/16