Multilingual Studies (M.A.)

 (M.A. in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures)

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 Spanish, those planning to work in international settings, those interested in teaching Spanish/French at a community college or as a university instructor, or those considering doctoral studies at other universities. 

17:1 

Student-faculty ratio

24

 Average upper-level class size

88% 

of students complete internships

1 of 4 

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What is Multilingual Studies?

The Multilingual Studies program provides a comprehensive overview to the literatures, cultures, and languages of the Hispanic and French/Francophone worlds. 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 Multilingual Studies 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. 

What You'll Study

Classes in literature cover the major literary movements, while classes in linguistics provide an overview of the principal areas of inquiry. Our offerings in culture cover a wide-ranging array of interdisciplinary topics. The degree includes two options to complete the required 30 semester credit hours. You may complete 30 hours of coursework and take a comprehensive master’s examination based on a reading list, or complete 24 hours of coursework plus 6 research credits and write a master’s thesis. Full-time students normally will complete the program in two years. Students may complete the degree entirely online, in residence, or both. Virginia Tech is a fully accredited, world-ranked research university. 

Careers of Program Graduates

Graduates go on to careers in teaching, international policy, and advanced doctoral studies. In teaching, graduates teach at all levels of K-12 education, community college, and as instructors at the university level. Students have also taken on careers in the non-profit and policy sectors. We have an excellent record of placement in Ph.D. programs such as University of Virginia, Duke University, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Kansas. 

Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus

The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. Virtual campus students likewise enjoy library access, electronically and by mail, and technical support.

Online students are expected to attend classes in real time over the internet using a webcam and software available for download from the university. Most MA courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening (Eastern time).

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

Catalina Andrango Walker, Associate Professor of Spanish

Catalina Andrango Walker, Associate Professor of Spanish
Catalina Andrango Walker, Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century Spanish America
  • Cultures of Reading and Writing
  • Subjectivity and Gender
  • Scientific Discourse

Elisabeth L. Austin, Associate Professor of Spanish

Elisabeth L. Austin, Associate Professor of Spanish
Elisabeth L. Austin, Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Mexican History
  • Adaptation
  • Memory
  • Mexican Theatre

Jacqueline E. Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish

Jacqueline E. Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish
Jacqueline E. Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Latin American and Spanish Literature and Cinema
  • Violence Studies
  • Trauma and Memory Studies
  • Neoliberalism and Citizenship

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Spanish
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Spanish narrative
  • Identity and Difference
  • Gendery
  • The Body

Jessica Folkart, Professor of Spanish

Jessica Folkart,  Professor of Spanish
Jessica Folkart, Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Morpho-syntactic Variation in Spanish

Aarnes Gudmestad, Associate Professor of Spanish

Aarnes Gudmestad, Associate Professor of Spanish
Aarnes Gudmestad, Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature and Cinema
  • Spanish Cinema
  • Masculinity Studies and Queer Theory
  • Urban Studies

Vinodh Venkatesh, Associate Professor of Spanish

Vinodh Venkatesh, Associate Professor of Spanish
Vinodh Venkatesh, Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

  • Pre-Surrealist French Modernism
  • Contemporary French/Francophone Poetry
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Philosophy and Poetry, 20th/21st Centuries

Alexander Dickow, Associate Professor of French

Alexander Dickow, Associate Professor of French
Alexander Dickow, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Senegalese Women Writers
  • Francophone African Cinema

Medoune Gueye, Associate Professor of French

Medoune Gueye, Associate Professor of French
Medoune Gueye, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century Literature
  • Paris in the 19th Century
  • Flaubert, Maupassant, Zola, Cassatt, Cezanne
  • Rape in 19th-Century Penny Presses, French Jurisprudence and Medical Reports

Sharon P. Johnson, Associate Professor of French

Sharon P. Johnson, Associate Professor of French
Sharon P. Johnson, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • French Literature, Society, and Culture
  • 16th Century / Renaissance Literature
  • French Wars of Religion
  • Translation

Corinne Noirot, Associate Professor of French

Corinne Noirot, Associate Professor of French
Corinne Noirot, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • French Symbolist Movement in Literature
  • Intersection of Politics and Literature
  • Decadence in fin-de-siecle France

Richard L. Shryock, Associate Professor of French

Richard L. Shryock, Associate Professor of French
Richard L. Shryock, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • French Literature, Culture, and Society
  • Cultural History of Gastronomy
  • Ideology and A. Destutt de Tracy

Fabrice G. Teulon, Associate Professor of French

Fabrice G. Teulon, Associate Professor of French
Fabrice G. Teulon, Associate Professor of French

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century French Literature
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Félix Guattari
  • Michel Serres

Janell Watson, Professor of French

Janell Watson, Professor of French
Janell Watson, Professor of French

Students interested in applying to the Multilingual Studies (M.A.) degree should contact the graduate director, Vinodh Venkatesh, by email at vinodhv@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-5362.

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

 

Domestic (Blacksburg Campus, Virtual Option) and International (Virtual Option) Application

*Fall: Aug 01

Spring: Jan 01

Summer I: May 25

Summer II: Jun 01

International (Blacksburg Campus) Application

*Fall: April 01

Spring: Sep 01

Summer I: Jan 1

Summer II: Feb 01

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

CONTACT US

Vinodh Venkatesh, Director of Graduate Studies
339 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5362
vinodhv@vt.edu

Pam Saville, Graduate Student Coordinator
331B Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5362
psaville@vt.edu

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