M.A. Degree Program
The Department accepts qualified graduate students in French who wish to become candidates for the master’s degree or who, though not candidates for the degree, may wish further preparation for teaching or foreign service occupations.
In the case of M.A. candidates, a minimum of 30 hours, including the thesis, will ordinarily be selected from courses listed in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Programs of study also may include courses in other departments which are closely related to the student’s field of interest. A thesis, which normally carries six hours of credit, is required of candidates for the M.A. degree. Upon completion of the thesis, the Master of Arts candidate will take an oral examination bearing on the thesis topic, course work, and two additional areas of the M.A. reading list. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate both oral and written proficiency in French in the course of his or her studies. Please consult the chair of the Modern Languages and Classics graduate advisory committee for specific information on admission requirements for the M.A. and M.A.T. degree programs.
M.A.T. Degree Program
The Department also offers a program of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (French) for which no thesis is required. The Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching is intended to further the professional education of current language teachers or to prepare students of foreign languages for careers in teaching, primarily at the secondary school level. It is non-research oriented and is not designed to lead to a more advanced degree.
The requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching include a minimum
of 33 credit hours, including at least 6 credits in Education and/or foreign-language
pedagogy. In addition, the following courses should be taken: 1) a minimum of
12 hours of 500-level courses in the Department of Foreign Languages and Classics,
9 of which must be in literature; 2) at least 9 hours of 400 or 500-level language
courses such as grammar, stylistics, or translation; 3) one course in either
Linguistics, Methods of Research, or Literary Criticism; and 4) one course in
Civilization. Additional course work may be elected by the student with the
concurrence of his or her advisory committee.
Every effort is made to offer courses during the summer in three-week and six-week
sessions. However, summer course offerings are contingent upon sufficient enrollments.
Early in their programs, students should consult with their advisors to plan
their programs of study. Students may also elect independent study projects
with individual faculty members during the summer and during the school year.
Appropriate credits earned at other accredited institutions may be transferred
to the Orono graduate program in accordance with the policies and regulations
of the Graduate School.
Literature, linguistics, civilization, and methods courses taken abroad in
approved programs may also be counted toward the degree requirements provided
approval for such courses is granted by the Graduate School and the Department
before the student registers for the foreign program.
Written and oral examinations will cover both personal course work and an M.A.T.
reading program chosen by the candidate. The M.A.T. reading list offers multiple
options, ranging from strong emphasis on literature to a primary focus on language,
civilization, and pedagogy. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate both
oral and written proficiency in the language of specialization in the course
of his or her program. The Department has an established course rotation. Please
check with the Department to see when courses will be offered.
Eugene F. DelVecchio, Ph.D. (Washington, 1979), Professor and Chair.
19th and early 20th century Spanish literature. Comparative literature. Literary
and genre criticism.
Cathleen M. Bauschatz, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1973), Professor and Graduate
Coordinator. French Renaissance. French Medieval. Critical theory. French women
writers. French civilization.
Nancy Bouzrara, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, 1992), Assistant Professor.
French Renaissance literature. French women writers. (at USM)
Guy Gallagher, Doctorat-es-Lettres (Laval, 1978), Associate Professor. 20th
Century French literature (at UMPI).
Kathleen N. March, Ph.D. (SUNY at Buffalo, 1979), Professor. Contemporary
Hispanic literature. Literature and society. Peninsular and Latin-American narrative
Raymond J. Pelletier, Ph.D. (Massachusetts- Amherst, 1977), Associate
Professor. 18th century French literature. Foreign language pedagogy. Franco-American
literature and culture. Bilingualism and bilingual education.
Susan Pinette, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine, 1999), Assistant
Professor and Director, Franco-American Studies. Francophone literature. Eighteenth
Century French literature.
Kathryn E. Slott, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania, 1980), Associate Professor. 19th
and 20th Century poetry. 19th Century novel. 20th Century theatre. Poetics.
Jane S. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1994), Assistant Professor. French Linguistics. Morphology. French Regional Dialects.
James Troiano, Ph.D. (Suny at Buffalo, 1973), Professor. Contemporary Latin-American theatre and short story.
Richard C. Williamson, Ph.D. (Indiana, 1975), Professor, Bates College. 19th and 20th Century French literature. Foreign language methodology, Québec literature.