The dual BA-MA in Romance Languages and Literatures with a subplan in French and Francophone Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a thorough proficiency in the French language, through work on the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as a broad knowledge of French and Francophone literatures and cultures from various historical periods and regions of the world. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including academia, international development, international business, diplomacy, law, journalism, publishing, social work, and public health. The MA gives UNC graduates a unique advantage when entering the job market or applying for doctoral work in French or another field.
As part of their studies, students are encouraged to spend time abroad through programs such as the UNC program in Montpellier, France, the summer exchange program at McGill University in Montreal, and the summer exchange program in Paris. The Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of exchange programs and internships, so students can gain experience in French-speaking environments, work on their language skills, and develop ties for their future careers.
Undergraduate students at UNC interested in the dual BA-MA program should speak to the Graduate Advisor in French, Dr. Hassan Melehy, no later than the beginning of their third semester in order to plan their program of study and be sure that they will be able to meet requirements. It is strongly recommended that students intending to complete the dual BA-MA program meet with Dr. Melehy once per semester until their admission to the graduate level.
Students wishing to pursue the dual BA-MA in French and francophone studies apply to the MA program in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester of undergraduate study (between the spring semester of their third and the spring semester of their fourth year). For admission to study on the MA level in the fall semester, students should apply no later than January 8, 2013, and for admission in the spring semester (in rare circumstances) TBD. For undergraduates applying to UNC’s Graduate School to pursue the dual BA-MA program, the application fee is waived, and no letters of recommendation or GRE scores are required. For application instructions, students should refer to the Web sites of the Graduate School and the Department of Romance Languages.
The dual BA-MA program normally will take ten semesters to complete. Students who enroll at UNC with sufficient Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate credits may finish the BA portion of the program in either semesters six, seven, or eight. After completing 60 baccalaureate credits (2 years or the equivalent), students may take courses on the post-baccalaureate level. Up to three graduate-level courses (9 credit hours) taken during the BA phase of the program may subsequently be counted toward the MA, as long as students also take enough courses within eight semesters to meet the 120-credit BA graduation requirement. The 9 transferred credit hours may not count toward the 120-credit hours for the undergraduate degree.
The diverse offerings of the dual BA-MA program include courses at the baccalaureate level and the post-baccalaureate level. Among course topics at the baccalaureate level are French civilization, advanced oral and written French, French cultural studies, literatures of the Francophone world (the Maghreb, the Machreq, the French Caribbean, Haiti, Vietnam, China), the role of France in Europe today, and identities in European cinema.
Students in this dual BA-MA program will acquire a broad knowledge of all periods of French and Francophone literatures and cultures from various regions of the world by completing the following requirements:
Courses for the program
The following is a list of graduate courses in French relevant to this concentration.
FREN451 Orientalist Fantasies and Discourses on the Other
ROML500 Research Methods (required course: students will develop research methodologies and approaches for using their foreign language skills in their future professions)
FREN504 Cultural War: French/US Perspectives
FREN594 (proposed) Writing the Mediterranean: Cross-cultural Perspectives on the Early Modern World
FREN611 French Novelists of the Twentieth Century
FREN613 Twentieth-Century Literature
FREN615 Readings in Francophone Literature
FREN616 Readings in Cultural Studies
FREN661 Studies in French Renaissance
FREN662 Poetry of the French Renaissance
FREN670 Studies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature
FREN683 Eighteenth-Century Prose
FREN790 Diaspora and Transculturalism in Quebecois Literature
FREN714 French Drama of the Twentieth Century
FREN722 French Studies of the Middle Ages
FREN726 French Feminist Theory
FREN734 Seventeenth-Century Drama
FREN735 Eighteenth-Century Drama
FREN781 The Eighteenth-Century Novel
FREN784 Philosophers of the Enlightenment
FREN789 Franco-Asian Encounters
FREN793 Nineteenth-Century French Literature
FREN797 Fin-de-Siècle Literatures
FREN840 Special Readings
In addition, students may take up to two courses at the MA level from outside the French program. To do so, they must obtain prior permission from the Graduate Advisor in French.
During their final semester of the dual BA-MA program in French and Francophone Studies, students will register for three hours of FREN 993, Master’s Thesis, and write a MA thesis, usually a thoroughly researched revision of a seminar paper, 25-45 pages.
All students will take the MA written exam in French.
For a student beginning at UNC with 2-3 years of high school French and 9 AP credits transferable to the BA program.
|First semester||FREN203, 3 general education courses, 1 additonal course outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Second semester||FREN204, 3 general education courses, 1 additional course outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Third semester||FREN260, 1 other 200-level French course, 2 general eduation courses, 1 additional course outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Fourth semester||2 300-level French courses, 1 general education course, 2 additional courses outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Fifth semester||2 300-level French courses, 1 general education course, 2 additional courses outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Sixth semester||2 300-level French courses, 1 general education course, 2 additional courses outside French.||15 BA credits|
|Seventh semester||1 300-level French course, 1 600- or 700-level French course, 3 courses outside French.||12 BA credits, 3 MA credits|
|Eighth semester||ROML500, 1 600- or 700-level French course, 1 general education course, 2 additional courses outside French.|
The student will apply for admission to the graduate level during this semester: the deadline is March 15.9 BA credits, 6 MA credits
With AP credits, the student has so far earned 129 credits, of which 9 are at the MA level; all MA credits will be transferred to the graduate program.Ninth semester4 French courses, 600- or 700-level12 MA creditsTenth semester2 French courses, 600- or 700-level, FREN993 (thesis credits)9 MA credits