Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Academic Options

M.A. in French: Traditional Degree Track

For the traditional M.A. completed over the course of four summers on the Middlebury campus (entirely or substituting one summer in Poitiers), coursework must include:

a) 3 units in Language and/or Linguistics, including:

  • FR 6525 (Intro to Literary Analysis) or an equivalent methodology course.
  • If  required based on results of admissions placement exam/essay: FR 6509 (Applied Stylistics I) OR FR 6510 (Applied Stylistics II).
  • If required based on oral placement results: FR 6514 (Applied Phonetics).

b) 3 units in Literature

c) 3 units in Civilization, Culture, and Society

 The French School Director may grant permission for a student to write an independent research paper (1 elective unit) during the fourth summer.  Permission must be requested of the Director during the second summer. 

For the traditional M.A. completed at the Middlebury School in Paris, France, coursework must include:

a) 3 units in Language and/or Linguistics, including:

  • FR 6525 (Intro to Literary Analysis) or an equivalent methodology course.
  • If  required based on results of admissions placement exam/essay:
    • FR 6509 (Applied Stylistics I AND FR 6611 (Advanced Composition, in Paris)
    • OR FR 6510 (Applied Stylistics II)
  • If required based on oral placement results: FR 6514 (Applied Phonetics).  

b) 3 units in Literature

c) 3 units in Civilization, Culture, and Society

 Students may choose to write an independent research project (2 elective units). 

M.A. in French with Specialization

As an alternative to the traditional M.A. program, students may decide, both in Vermont and in Paris, to prepare an M.A. with a specialized focus in Literature; in Civilization, Culture, and Society; or in Linguistics and/or Pedagogy.  In addition to the required methodology course and courses required by placement testing, the course distribution will be as follows:  

Specialization in Literature

5 units in Literature
2 units in Civilization, Culture, and Society

Specialization in Civilization, Culture, and Society

5 units in Civilization, Culture, and Society
2 units in Literature

Specialization in Linguistics and/or Pedagogy

5 units in Linguistics and/or Pedagogy (requirement includes one introductory linguistics course)
1 unit in Literature
1 unit in Civilization, Culture and Society

NB: Paris students who choose to write an independent research project (2 units) will write it in their area of specialization. 

Students who specialize in literature in Paris must have taken FR 6525 (Intro to Literary Analysis) and are strongly encouraged to take coursework covering most periods of French literature(Middle Ages through 20th Century) and Francophone literature, unless they have already taken advanced undergraduate courses covering a given century/area. These students generally enroll at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.

Students who specialize in Civilization, Culture and Society usually focus on French and Francophone history, or on French (and European) political studies.  These students typically enroll at Université Panthéon Sorbonne-Paris 1.

Students who specialize in pedagogy enroll in Master's level courses in "Didactique du Français et des langues" at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.

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 one summer on the campus in Vermont or in Poitiers or
- three summers on the campus in Vermont or
- two summers on the campus in Vermont and one summer in Poitiers.

General Limitations

All credits toward a Middlebury M.A. (earned at Middlebury or elsewhere) expire ten years after the study was completed (i.e., courses taken during the summer of 2013 are no longer valid toward completion of a degree as of August 2023).