French and Francophone 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 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.
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.
What You'll Study
French and Francophone Studies classes cover France, French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and other French immigrant cultures of the Americas. 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 degree program may be completed at the 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).
- Dr. Alexander Dickow
- Dr. Medoune Gueye
- Dr. Sharon Johnson
- Dr. Corinne Noirot
- Dr. Richard Shryock
- Dr. Fabrice Teulon
- Dr. Janell Watson
- 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
- 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
Students interested in applying to the French and Francophone Studies (M.A.) degree should contact the graduate director, Vinodh Venkatesh, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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