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Graduate Studies

Learn. Create. Discover. Think and Do. With a graduate degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, you can open new doors or take your career to the next level.


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. We offer courses in literature, culture, linguistics, second-language acquisition and teaching methodology. Students can focus on one particular area (e.g. literature/culture) or take courses in a variety of areas.

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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 insurance) for up to 13 new full-time students each year. Our diverse and accomplished graduate students boast an incoming 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 superior language proficiency and cultural awareness.

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Up to 90% of Graduate Students Seeking Financial Support Received It

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Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Literature at the University of Georgia—Athens

“The coursework allowed me to explore a variety of topics that were all of interest to me. I was able to discover my true passion, which gave me a solid direction for my doctoral research. NC State is also where I honed my skills in L2 pedagogy, having exceptional and available faculty mentors and receptive students.”

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."

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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."

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."

Graduate Students Think and Do More

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.

Editorial A Contracorriente

Our department hosts Editorial A Contracorriente, an academic press focused on Latin American studies. Hosting the press gives some of our graduate students the opportunity to gain unique experience in international publishing.

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.

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