Students applying to our Master of Arts in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures select between three different degree options: French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic Studies, and Multilingual Studies.  We also offer a variety of learning options to accomodate the needs of our students.  We offer a distance learning option along with specialized programs for K-12 licensure and for undergraduates planning to get their Master's.

M.A. in French and Francophone Studies

Degree Requirements

May be completed in Blacksburg or through distance learning. 

Non-Thesis Option

Students pursuing the non-thesis option will, in addition to taking the courses listed under full requirements, take a comprehensive examination based on a reading list. Preparing the readings assures a firm foundation in general literary and cultural knowledge.

Required core courses — 15 credit hours

Electives — 15 credit hours

Thesis Option

Students pursuing the thesis option will, in addition to taking the courses listed under full requirements, complete a scholarly research project culminating in a thesis of 75-100 pages.

Required core courses — 18 credit hours

Electives — 12 credit hours

Elective Courses


Students will choose from the following list of courses:

FL 5114 Applied Linguistics - 3 credits

FL 5124 Techniques in Foreign Language Translation - 3 credits

FL 5134 Language Learning & Pedagogy - 3 credits

FL 5334 Topics in French or Francophone Cinema - 3 credits

FR 5154G Composition, Stylistics, and Verbal Analysis - 3 credits

FR 5164 Business and Culture in the French-Speaking World - 3 credits

FR 5314G Advanced Studies in French Literature (may be repeated with different content) - 3 credits

M.A. in Hispanic Studies

Degree Requirements

May be completed in Blacksburg or through distance learning. 

Note: Spanish courses taken during the Intensive Summer Language Institute must include a research component if they are to be counted toward the requirements for the MA degree.

Non-Thesis Option

Students pursuing the non-thesis option will, in addition to taking the courses listed under full requirements, take a comprehensive examination based on a reading list. Preparing the readings assures a firm foundation in general literary and cultural knowledge. This option is best for most students. 

Required core courses - 15 credits

Electives - 15 credits

Thesis Option

Students pursuing the thesis option will, in addition to taking the courses listed below, complete a scholarly research project culminating in a thesis of 75-100 pages.

Required core courses - 18 credits

Electives - 12 credits

Elective Courses


FL 5114 Applied Linguistics - 3 credits

FL 5124 Techniques in Foreign Language Translation - 3 credits

FL 5134 Language Learning & Pedagogy - 3 credits

FL 5334 Topics in Hispanic Cinema - 3 credits

SPAN 5114G Advanced Topics in Spanish Linguistics - 3 credits

SPAN 5224 Topics in Spanish Civilization - 3 credits

SPAN 5234 Spanish-American Institutions and Concepts - 3 credits

SPAN 5304G Advanced Studies in Medieval and Golden Age Literature - 3 credits

SPAN 5314G Advanced Studies in 18th and 19th Century Literature  - 3 credits

SPAN 5324G Advanced Studies in 20th Century Literature  - 3 credits

SPAN 5334  Advanced Topics in Hispanic Life, Literature & Language

SPAN 5344  Topics in Spanish-American Literature & the Representation of History 

Students may take elective courses in other disciplines if approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

M.A. in Multilingual Studies

Degree Requirements

May be completed in Blacksburg or through distance learning. For course descriptions click here.

Non-Thesis Option

Students will, in addition to taking the courses listed below, take a comprehensive examination based on a reading list. Preparing the readings assures a firm foundation in general literary and cultural knowledge.

Required core courses - 15 credits

Elective courses - 15 credits

 

Elective Courses


In the second language, students may choose among the elective courses below. You will need approval from the Graduate Director in order to take fewer than 15 credit hours.

FL 5114 Applied Linguistics - 3 credits

FL 5124 Techniques in Foreign Language Translation - 3 credits

FL 5134 Language Learning & Pedagogy - 3 credits

FL 5334 Topics in Hispanic Cinema - 3 credits

FR 5154G Composition, Stylistics, and Verbal Analysis - 3 credits

FR 5314G Advanced Studies in French Literature - 3 credits

FR 5164 Business and Culture in the French-Speaking World - 3 credits

SPAN 5114G Advanced Topics in Spanish Linguistics - 3 credits

SPAN 5224 Topics in Spanish Civilization - 3 credits

SPAN 5234 Spanish-American Institutions and Concepts - 3 credits

SPAN 5304G Advanced Studies in Medieval and Golden Age Literature - 3 credits

SPAN 5314G Advanced Studies in 18th and 19th Century Literature  - 3 credits

SPAN 5324G Advanced Studies in 20th Century Literature  - 3 credits

Accelerated B.A.-M.A.

Quallifed Virginia Tech undergraduates may begin earning graduate credit while completing the undergraduate major in French or Spanish. Students must apply and be accepted into the BA-MA program before the beginning of the semester in which graduate courses are taken. Graduate credit will not be granted retroactively.

Students enrolled in the accelerated BA-MA may double count up to 12 credits. Only 5000-level courses taken in last 12 months of BA may count toward both degrees. All requirements must be met for both the undergraduate major and the graduate degree, including the MA thesis or reading list exam. 

Critera for admission are as follows:

  • Current enrollment as a French or Spanish major at Virginia Tech
  • 3.3 undergraduate GPA
  • At least 6 hours of course credit in French or Spanish at the 4000 level

Submit your application by July 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring.

 

Distance Learning

Virginia Tech's MA in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures is available through real-time distance learning. 

We believe that the study of a foreign language, its culture, and its literature requires live dialogue. Log in with your computer and headset. We supply the software. You follow lectures, ask questions, offer comments, and hear input from fellow classmates on campus or online. Most courses are offered after 4:00 pm in order to accommodate teachers and others who work. For students studying Spanish, we also offer an option to participate in intensive summer classes in Blacksburg.

The university has distance e-learning rates, which are reduced for school personnel employed full-time in grades K-12 in Virginia Schools.

K-12 Licensure

Students pursuing the MA in French/Francophone or Hispanic Studies may also wish to secure licensure for pre-K–12 teaching in Virginia (this license is also recognized in most other states). The MA with pre-K–12 licensure may be completed in less than three years of full-time enrollment, including some summer courses.

Additional coursework is required. Up to 6 credits of EDCI courses taken at Virginia Tech may count as electives toward the MA in FLCL.

As they complete coursework, students interested in licensure will apply for a provisional license through the Virginia Department of Education. Licensure application procedures are outlined on the Virginia Department of Education website.

In addition to licensure to teach French or Spanish, students may also seek qualifications in German, Latin, or English as a Second Language (ESL).

Students seeking additional credentials in ESL may be interested in Virginia Tech’s MA-Ed degree in teaching English as a second language.

For more details on pre-K–12 licensure, click here (.pdf document).

Contact: MA.FLCL@vt.edu

Contact

Vinodh Venkatesh
Graduate Studies Director
MA.FLCL@vt.edu