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Graduate Degrees

M.A. Degree Program in French and Francophone Studies
The purpose of the M.A. program in French is to improve students' understanding of French language, literature, and culture beyond the levels of competency expected of undergraduate majors. To realize these goals, further study of the French and Francophone language and literature is necessary, complemented by an introduction to civilization and linguistics.

M.A. Program in French and Women's Studies
The dual M.A. program in French and Women's Studies allows students to enrich their study of the French and Francophone language, literature, and culture with the addition of feminist theories and research methods. The Women's Studies major focuses on feminist analyses of women's lives; of women's social, cultural, and scientific contributions; and on the structure of sex/gender systems.

M.A. and/or Ph.D. Programs in French and Francophone and African Studies
The dual M.A. or Ph.D. programs in French and Francophone and African Studies allow students to enrich their study of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture. African Studies provides a framework within which doctoral students can pursue an integrated suite of regional/thematic courses to complement their specialization in French and Francophone Studies; use African Studies graduate faculty to enrich the multidisciplinary training and research activities of graduate students who have an interest in Africa; and, enhance the marketability of Penn State doctoral students by making it possible for them to acquire a unique qualification, which can attract a wide range of employers in academia, the US government, bilateral and multilateral international organizations, and international non-governmental organizations.

Ph.D. Program in French and Francophone Studies
The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers a Ph.D. degree with specializations in civilization and literature as well as a dual degree in French and Women's Studies. Graduate students accepted into the Department's Ph.D. program are expected to acquire a broad factual and theoretical background in French Studies, advanced proficiency in oral and writing skills, and a thorough grasp of research and teaching methodologies. Students select one specialization and may add other subspecialties:

Specialization in Civilization
The Specialization in Civilization is designed for students who seek an academic or non-academic career in which they combine advanced training in culture, language, and literature with interdisciplinary study in a related field, such as anthropology, art, architecture, history, economics, philosophy, political science, or sociology.

Specialization in Literature
The Specialization in Literature offers numerous courses in the different periods and genres of metropolitan and non-metropolitan literature. Candidates also choose electives in French and related subjects to ensure breadth of training as well as depth.

Ph.D. Program in French and Women's Studies
In conjunction with the Department of Women's Studies, the Department of French and Francophone Studies offers a dual Ph.D. degree with specializations in civilization or literature. Graduate students accepted into the dual Ph.D. program are expected to acquire a broad factual and theoretical background in French Studies, advanced proficiency in oral and writing skills, and a thorough grasp of research and teaching methodologies while enhancing their work through the study of feminist theory and research methods.