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The Master of Arts degree programs in French Language and Literature and in Spanish Language and Literature are designed for students who desire the degree with a minor in education and “M” teaching licensure, those who desire other minors (including French for students of Spanish and vice versa), and students who wish to pursue an MA in French or Spanish language and literature without a minor. Unlike the traditional MA in French or Spanish that emphasizes period and genre approaches to literature, the N.C. State program integrates the study of language, literature, culture and civilization.
One of our primary aims is to serve the needs and interests of foreign language teachers in North Carolina and, through them, their students. In this era of critical teacher shortages, this program allows teachers to keep teaching while they upgrade their linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical skills. Because of its ongoing close professional relationship with teachers, its awareness of the need for graduate course material that can be applied to classroom realities, its state-of-the-art foreign language technology center, as well as the strong scholarly qualifications of its faculty, the NC State Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is uniquely qualified to provide this service to the state. We will offer most of our graduate courses in the late afternoons, evenings or in intensive summer sessions. Later on, we intend to offer some of our courses via distance education. In working with teachers we will emphasize practical classroom applications of subject matter and instruction in the use of the latest technologies.
Program Requirements and Curriculum
- Admission requirements include a B.A. degree, a GPA of 3.0 or above, and proficiency in French or Spanish. (Note: Students whose BA is not in the language of the program to which they are applying should consult with the DGP. They may be required to have 6 hours of 400-level or higher courses in that language, with a minimum grade of B or higher, prior to submitting their admissions application
- Thirty hours are required for students who seek "M" licensure, the French concentration, and the Spanish concentration.
- A minimum of 24 hours of credit toward the degree must be taken at NC State. (Some of those 24 hours may be earned via inter-institutional credit).
- Any transfer courses must have been completed within the last four years prior to enrolling in the program.
- Up to six hours of 400-level classes may be accepted (with the approval of the Director of Graduate Programs). These courses must be in an area other than the student's major field of study.
- Courses in the program will be of three types: 1) Teaching methodology courses taught in English; 2) Language and linguistics courses taught in French, Spanish or English; and 3) Integrated culture/literature courses taught in French or Spanish. Program displays indicate the various avenues toward completion of the requirements.
- All students will submit a Culminating Project of Learning
- All students will submit an assessment portfolio.
Administration and Accreditation
The M.A. in French and in Spanish is currently administered by Dr. Scott Despain, Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, along with the FLL Graduate Programs Committee. The DGP reports to the Department Head, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Dean of the Graduate School. Accrediting agencies include the NC Department of Public Instruction (to ensure that the program meets requirements for "M" licensure), the Council of Accreditation for Teacher Preparation (CAEP), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Hispanic Linguistics Track
Students wishing to follow the M.A. concentration in Hispanic Linguistics take courses in Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, as well as courses in Sociolinguistics in the Department of English M.A. program in Sociolinguistics.
Ways to Finance your M.A.
Each year we offer approximately 13 graduate teaching assistantships to full-time students. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, applicants should select that as a funding option on their graduate school application form. Teaching assistantships are awarded for one year; they are renewable for a second year based on funding and the performance of the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) during the first year.
Criteria: The stronger the admissions application--The higher the GPA, the stronger the recommendations, the higher the quality of the written and oral samples--The better the chances are that you will receive a teaching assistantship. Teaching experience beyond the middle school level is a plus. Benefits for 2019-2020 are an $11,000 stipend, health insurance, and tuition. Other fees are not covered (~$1200/semester). Three assistantships in French and ten assistantships in Spanish are awarded each fall for the academic year. Approximately 80% of those applying receive an assistantship. Decisions regarding TAships are typically made by March 1.
Principal duty: GTA's normally assist teaching with one class in the fall and spring of the first year as well as conversation/tutoring duties, and then teach two classes on their own during the fall and spring semesters of their second year. GTA's work an average of 20 hours/week. No additional employment during the fall/spring semesters is allowed without approval by the DGP. Visit the Graduate School Assistantships page for additional information.
You can also serve as a Residence Director. Information is found at the NC State housing website.
You can find additional information on financing your graduate education through the Graduate School.