Academic Tracks

Middlebury French School

MA Degree Requirements and Regulations, Effective 2017/18

MA Candidacy

 After successful completion of the summer of candidacy (three units of credit at the graduate-level), a student is officially recognized as a candidate for the Master of Arts degree.

Course Requirements

Twelve units of credit, minimum grade in each course is B-.

 Residence Requirements

Following successful completion of the summer of candidacy on the Vermont campus (three units of credit), students complete the remaining nine units of credit during:

  • One academic year of study in Paris, or
  • One academic year in Paris and a second summer on the campus in Vermont, or
  • Three summers on the campus in Vermont, or
  • Two summers on the campus in Vermont and one summer in Paris
Transfer Credit

After the summer of candidacy, students may transfer in up to three units of credit to complete the required remaining nine units of credit.  Please see separate sheet for specifics.  

General Limitations:

All credits toward a Middlebury MA (earned at Middlebury or as transfer credits) expire ten years after the study was completed:  i.e. courses taken during the summer of 2017 will no longer be valid toward a Middlebury degree as of August 2027.

Course Distribution Requirements
Tracks

Students choose, both in Vermont and in Paris, to pursue one of the following four academic tracks, constructing a program that reflects their academic interests and career goals.  Each track assumes completion of the general language and methodology requirements, listed following the descriptions of the tracks.  Electives may complete the required 12 units.

  • Generalist Focus:  3 units in Language and/or Linguistics and Methodology (may include courses from the General Requirements), 3 units in Literature and 3 units in Civilization, Culture and Society.
  • Specialization in Literature: 5 units in Literature and 2 units in Civilization, Culture and Society.
  • Specialization in Civilization, Culture and Society: 5 units in Civilization, Culture and Society and 2 units in Literature.
  • Specialization in Pedagogy and Linguistics:  5 units in Pedagogy and/or Linguistics, 1 unit in Literature and 1 unit in Civilization, Culture and Society.
General Requirements

All Students are required to fulfill the following Language and/or Linguistics and Methodology courses:

  • FREN 6525, Methodology: Literature; or FREN 6526, Methodology: Culture and Modern Society; or FREN 6527, Methodology: History, Political Science and Philosophy. (Vermont, during summer of candidacy).  Note: Courses with a methodology attribute taken prior to 2015 fulfill this requirement.
  • FREN 6511, Applied Stylistics - if required by results of admission language assessment and essay. (Vermont, during summer of candidacy).  Note: Stylistics courses numbered FREN 6509 and FREN 6510, taken prior to 2015, fulfill this requirement.
  • FREN 6514, Applied Phonetics - if required by results of oral assessment. (Vermont, during summer of candidacy).
  • FREN 5611, Advanced Composition -. if required by results of admission language assessment and essay , and the recommendations of summer faculty (Paris).
 
Research
Academic year in Paris
  • All students take a one-unit year-long research seminar in which they are introduced to the research methods of the discipline of their choice (civilization, literature, or pedagogy).
  • Students may choose to write a 2-unit independent research thesis (in their area of specialization if they choose to specialize). Students who choose not to write a thesis will complete two additional credit units.
 Four-summers
  • Students may, with permission of the French School Director, write an independent research paper (1 unit) during the fourth summer (in Vermont only).  Permission must be requested during the second summer. 

 

 

The French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
French School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator
sschwaneflugel@middlebury.edu