Romance and Classical Studies (Archived 2016-17 Graduate Catalog)

Chair: Nathan Richardson     
Graduate Coordinator: Amy Robinson (Spanish); Beatrice Guenther (French)
Address: 203 Shatzel Hall
Phone: 419-372-2667
E-mail: arobins@bgsu.edu (Spanish); bguenth@bgsu.edu (French)
Romance and Classical Studies Program Website

Degrees Offered

MA

Program(s) Offered

MA, Spanish
MA, French
Certificate in French for Professionals and Educators

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

Admission to graduate study in French or Spanish requires an undergraduate major or minor in French or Spanish (not less than 20 semester hours beyond the intermediate level). Applicants with less background may be accepted, provided they are willing to make up prerequisite deficiencies specified by the graduate coordinator.

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in Romance and Classical Studies should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this Graduate Catalog.  All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree Requirements
Master of Arts
French

Candidates pursue graduate studies under one of two plans. Plan I (thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate course credit including a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course credit plus the writing of a thesis for which up to six semester hours of credit are granted. Plan I is recommended for individuals who expect to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Plan II (non-thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit as well as a final research project that includes the paper and an oral presentation.

Spanish

All candidates take a qualifying examination during the first year that consists of essays covering the program’s three core fields: literature and culture of Spain; literature and culture of Latin America and Spanish linguistics. Following successful completion of the qualifying exam, candidates choose between one of the following plans (students under both plans must also demonstrate proficiency in the language): Plan I (thesis option): Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and the writing of a thesis for which up to six semester hours of credit are granted. Plan I is recommended for individuals who expect to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Plan II (non-thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit as well as a final research project that includes a paper and an oral presentation.

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies requires that at least 19 credits out of 36 be taken on campus.

Graduate Certificate in French for Professionals and Educators

The graduate-level certificate in French for Professionals and Educators meets the needs of professionals, such as French teachers who require graduate credits for certification as well as the needs of members of international organizations and of the business community with ties to a French-speaking country. The program is designed to enhance students’ linguistic ability in French, improve their intercultural communication skills, and their ability to perform professional functions abroad. The program accommodates different specializations within the context of foreign language learning by allowing students to pursue a research area in a related field such as tourism, business, history, communication studies, political science, or pedagogy. This is a stand-alone certificate program, but can be pursued in conjunction with an M.A. or Ph.D program. A study abroad program during the summer is highly encouraged.

Graduate Courses

Please access graduate courses online. Graduate courses offered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies use the prefixes: FREN, ITAL, LAT, ROCS, and SPAN.