Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

              Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus

                                              Online Courses for Virtual Option  

This master’s degree program is ideal for teachers of K-12 French, those planning to work in international settings, those interested in teaching French at a community college or as a university instructor, or those considering doctoral studies at other universities.

30 Semester Credit Hours
2 Years (Typical time to degree)
1 sequence of research methods, ethics, and professionalization
2 delivery methods - online or on campus
What is French and Francophone Studies?

The French and Francophone Studies program provides a comprehensive overview to the literatures, cultures, and languages of the French and Francophone world. The program exposes students to research methods, critical analysis, and advanced pedagogical tools. The principal goal of the program is to prepare students for career tracks that require advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Why Study French and Francophone Here?

Faculty recognized for their research and teaching prowess take a hands on approach in master’s classes. We also offer a variety of learning options to accommodate the needs of our students. Our distance learning option and flexible structure are especially ideal for full time professionals.


Faculty Research Interests

- Pre-Surrealist French Modernism

- Contemporary French/Francophone Poetry

- Translation Theory and Practice

- Philosophy and Poetry, 20th/21st Centuries


- French and Francophone Studies

- Senegalese Women Writers

- Francophone African Cinema

- 19th-Century Literature

- Paris in the 19th Century

- Flaubert, Maupassant, Zola, Cassatt, Cezanne

- Rape in 19th-Century Penny Presses, French Jurisprudence and Medical Reports


- French Literature, Society, and Culture

- 16th Century / Renaissance Literature

- French Wars of Religion

- Translation


- French Symbolist Movement in Literature

- Intersection of Politics and Literature

- Decadence in fin-de-siecle France


- French Literature, Culture, and Society

- Cultural History of Gastronomy

- Ideology and A. Destutt de Tracy

- 19th-Century French Literature

- Gilles Deleuze

- Félix Guattari

- Michel Serres


Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the French and Francophone Studies (M.A.) degree should contact the graduate director, Vinodh Venkatesh, by email at or by phone at 540-231-5362.

Visit our office at 339 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Domestic Application

*Fall: April 15

International Application

*Fall: April 15

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15



Vinodh Venkatesh, Director of Graduate Studies
339 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Pam Saville, Graduate Student Coordinator
331B Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
331 Major Williams Hall (0225)
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5362, Fax: (540) 231-4812