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Masters in French Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the M.A. in French

To apply for admission the M.A. program, you must

  • hold the equivalent of a B.A. in French,
  • have earned a minimum of 24 university hours in French beyond the elementary level,
  • have taken the equivalent of 6 hours of Advanced French Composition, 12 hours of courses in French or Francophone literature and/or culture,
  • submit a writing sample of approximately 30 total pages, at least 10 pages in academic French, and a total of 30 pages total on an academic topic, such as a thesis or final papers for courses,
  • provide a statement of academic purpose outlining their interests and why UL's M.A. in French will help them develop them,
  • submit official transcripts for previous all institutions to the Graduate School.

Non-native speakers of French will be contacted for Skype or phone interviews for evaluation of their spoken French.

International applicants must submit additional application materials. Visit the Graduate School's International Applicant Information to learn more.

Deficiencies in prerequisites and language proficiency must be made up during the first year of graduate studies.

Consult the Graduate School's page for additional application requirements. | Apply to the M.A. in French.

Program Requirements

Two tracks are available for the M.A. in French: Thesis and Non-Thesis.

Requirements common to both tracks:

  • 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework,
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in 500- or 600-level courses,
  • FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours),
  • Comprehensive exams (examens de synthèse) in three areas, two Francophone areas and one French historical period,
  • Reading proficiency in a third language (other than French and English). You may satisfy this requirement either through a reading proficiency exam or by successfully completing a course in the language at the 202 level or its equivalent.

All Graduate Assistants must also complete FREN 501 - Préparation pédagogique (3 credit hours).

The Graduate School requires all graduate students who have completed 12 hours of credit toward their degrees to file an Admission to Candidacy for the Masters Degree.

Thesis Track

On this track, you will take 30 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of FREN 599 - Thesis. You must take your comprehensive exams during your third semester of coursework.

Access the Graduate School's Guidelines for Thesis Writers.

Non-Thesis Track

On this track, you will take 36 hours of coursework. You will take your comprehensive exams during either your third or fourth semester of coursework.

Comprehensive Exams

Each student must successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations in three selected areas of concentration based on your coursework and the department's reading list. The exams are in three areas: one exam in a historical period of French literature and two exams in Francophone regions and/or fields such as folklore, linguistics, bandes dessinées, and cinema. You may take exams only in areas in which you have completed coursework during previous semesters; if you are taking your first course in an area during your exam semester, you may not take the exam in that course.

On the basis of performance on these examinations, you will be (1) passed unconditionally, (2) required to take additional written examinations in areas found to be deficient, or (3) dropped from the program.

Written examinations are scheduled in the fourth week of the semester. Oral exams will follow two to three weeks later.

Consult the Comprehensive Examination Policy.

Consult the Graduate Reading List.


Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).