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Master's Semester-by-Semester Plan

You should consult with the Graduate Coordinator as soon as possible during your first semester to discuss your plans and academic interests. You should begin as early as possible in your program to complete your language requirement (a third language besides French and English).

M.A. students take their Comprehensive Exams in three areas: one historical French literary period and two Francophone ares. You should begin planning for those areas as soon as possible. You will take your exams in your third semester of coursework if you select the Thesis option. If you select the Non-Thesis option, you may take your exam in either the third or fourth semester of coursework.

Your Semester-by-Semester Plan will depend on whether you begin the M.A. program in the Fall or Spring. Both plans appear below:

First Semester, Fall Admission

If you are a Graduate Assistant, you will take 10 credit hours comprised of three required courses and one course of your choice:

  • FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours)
  • FREN 501 - Préparation pédagogique (3 credit hours)
  • One course of choice. It is strongly recommended that you choose your course carefully in conjunction with your plans for the comprehensive exam areas.

If you are not a Graduate Assistant, you will take 10 credit hours comprised of two required courses and two courses of your choice:

  • FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours)
  • Two courses of choice. It is important to choose these courses with your comprehensive exams in mind.

Second Semester, Fall Admission

You will have completed the required courses, but if you do not have a significant background in French and Francophone civilization, we recommend that during this semester, you take FREN 421(G) - France and the Francophone World.

First Semester, Spring Admission

The program's required courses (FREN 501, FREN 540) are offered in the fall semester, so you will have to take those courses the next time they are offered. If you do not have a significant background in French and Francophone civilization, we recommend that during this semester, you take FREN 421(G) - France and the Francophone World.

Second Semester, Spring Admission

If you are a Graduate Assistant, you will take 10 credit hours comprised of three required courses and one course of your choice:

  • FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours)
  • FREN 501 - Préparation pédagogique (3 credit hours)
  • One course of choice. It is strongly recommended that you choose your course carefully in conjunction with your plans for the comprehensive exam areas.

You must file your Application for Admission to Candidacy form with the Graduate School this semester to remain in good standing.

If you are not a Graduate Assistant, you will take 10 credit hours comprised of two required courses and two courses of your choice:

  • FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours)
  • Two courses of choice. It is important to choose these courses with your comprehensive exams in mind.

You must file your Application for Admission to Candidacy form with the Graduate School this semester to remain in good standing.

Third Semester

You must take your Comprehensive Exams during your third semester if you are on the Thesis track. You may take your exams this semester if you are on the Non-Thesis or Bilingual tracks, but you may also take them during your fourth semester.

You will take three courses of your choice.

You should be completing your language requirement this semester.

Fourth Semester

If you are on the Thesis track, you will take:

  • 6 credit hours of FREN 599
  • One course of your choice

If you are on the Non-Thesis or Bilingual track, you will take three courses of your choice.

In order to graduate, you must submit the Application for Degree to the Graduate School along with the Graduation Checklist.