French Graduate Program

About Languages and Cultures (M.A.)

Millersville and West Chester universities launched a new joint graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in fall 2014. This single joint degree will be presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of students’ coursework. The 33-credit degree program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Current course offerings in Fall 2021


Admission to the MU-WCU joint program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must meet established University criteria of Advanced Low Level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview, Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Students scoring less than the Advanced Low Level (AL) may complete a provisional semester after which they must be retested.

French Curriculum

For course descriptions and more information on the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning, visit the Graduate Catalog

I. Core Courses (9 s.h.)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – must complete the following three core courses, taught in English:
     LANC 501 Linguistic Studies (3)
     LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies (3)
     LANC 503 Cultural Studies (3)

II. Communication (6 s.h.)
At least two courses required
     FREN 509 Applied Linguistics (3)
     FREN 512 Phonetics (3)
     FREN 521 Functional Grammar Review (does not count for the degree) (3)
     FREN 522 Composition (3) FREN 523 Stylistics and Composition (3)
     FREN 524 Translation/Interpretation (3)
     FREN 525 Advanced Oral Practice and Self-Expression (3)
     FREN 531 Evolution of the French Language (3)

III. Culture (6 s.h.)
At least two courses required
     FREN 541 History of France to 1789 (3)
     FREN 542 History of France from 1789 to Present (3)
     FREN 551 Geography of France, Physical and Economic (3)
     FREN 561 Survey of French Art (3)
     FREN 562 Survey of French Architecture (3)
     FREN 571 Aspects of Contemporary France (3)
     FREN 581 Seminar in Medieval Literature (3)
     FREN 582 Seminar in Renaissance Literature (3)
     FREN 583 Seminar in 17th-Century Literature (3)
     FREN 584 Seminar in 18th-Century Literature (3)
     FREN 585 Seminar in 19th-Century Literature (3)
     FREN 586 Seminar in 20th-Century Literature (3)

IV. Electives for the Professions (12 s.h.)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – may choose any additional courses in their respective Communication and Culture courses that are offered or approved courses in a specialty area from another department. No more than two of these courses may be taught in English and no more than three of these courses may be transferred from another university, other than West Chester University.
     FREN 501 Modern Methods of Teaching French (3) 
     FREN 589 Current Topics (3)
     FREN 698 Research Paper (3) (Independent Study) 
     FREN 699 Thesis (3) (must be recommended by advisor) 

V. Degree Requirements
Requirements for all students are uniform and include a specialized written and oral exam, or a written research project with an oral presentation, or a portfolio defended in an oral exam with the faculty.

Course Details - Graduate Students

Course Offerings FALL 2021

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