Diverse Students, Diverse Studies
Our department offers a non-thesis Master of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures with a concentration in either French or Spanish.
In addition to the traditional Master program focused on studying language and culture, our department also offers a Hispanic Linguistics concentration, featuring region-leading faculty and research.
We offer courses in literature, culture, linguistics, second-language acquisition and teaching methodology. Students can focus on one particular area or take courses in a variety of areas. In addition, practicing teachers at the K-12 level who have an initial (A) license can earn the advanced (M) license as part of their Master's degree.
We offer support (stipend, tuition and health) for up to 10 new full-time students each year. Our diverse and accomplished graduate students boast an average GPA of 3.5, and 33 percent of them are international students. Our graduates teach at colleges and high schools, enter top Ph.D. programs or join the workforce equipped with valuable knowledge.
90% of Graduate Students Seeking Financial Support Received It
Mary Raudez, Instructor at Cleveland Community College
"The small class size and accessible faculty made it possible to customize my graduate experience based on my unique background and interests."
Charly Verstraet, Ph.D. student at Emory University
"Opportunity, diversity and quality: these three words define my two-year program at NC State. The Masters Program offers a rich variety of courses that explore linguistics, literature and culture while providing its students with valuable teaching experiences. I came to NC State wondering what I would do with a degree and I left persuaded I would want to be a teacher and researcher."
Jessie Feudale, Trade Operations Coordinator at PS International
"The broad curriculum in literature, linguistics, culture and foreign language pedagogy, allowed me to engage in multiple disciplines that were of interest without having to narrow down coursework to a single concentration - a huge advantage of the program."
Graduate Student Research
Getting a Master’s in Foreign Languages and Literatures doesn’t confine you to textbooks. Our graduate students conduct creative, impactful research and engage in unique experiential learning. They collaborate in the community and with leading international scholars.
Graduate Students Think and Do
Class Project Leads to New Research on Spanish in North Carolina
For professor Jim Michnowicz and his students, what started as a class experiment about North Carolina Spanish speakers is now producing intriguing research findings that will be published in a new book on language diversity.
Graduate Student News More
Study Breaks New Ground in Analyzing Colombian Spanish
Juan David Gutierrez's passion for languages has led him to research the differences in regional Spanish dialects in Colombia, providing emergent insight in an area without much existing data.
Hispanic Linguistics and Cognitive Science: Grad Student Pursues Her Passions
Lindsey Chandler is fascinated by the workings of the brain in learning and producing language. She has melded her interests in cognition, language acquisition and Spanish through graduate studies in both Hispanic linguistics and cognitive science at NC State.