University of Washington French & Italian Studies MA:
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR FALL 2024 ADMISSION
Our Master of Arts in French is designed for students with expansive and interdisciplinary academic interests, who would like to complement their work in French with coursework in other departments as part of a coherent academic plan.
Our MA students pursue non-traditional outcomes reflecting the methodologies and scholarly expertise of our core faculty. Departmental strengths lie in Translation Studies; Francophone Studies and French as a Global Language; Postcolonial Studies; Cultural History of the Francophone World; Textual Studies, Book History and Digital Humanities; Gender, Feminist and Sexuality Studies; and Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition.
MA projects lead to such outcomes as a translation, a publishable academic research article, the creation of a digital edition or archive, a public humanities project, an online dictionary, or a bank of teaching resources.
Our interdisciplinary program allows students to build a curriculum tailored to their academic interests. See the full degree plan.
EXPLORE THE MA IN FRENCH STUDIES AT THE UW
Almost all of our MA students support themselves with a Teaching Assistantship, through which they gain valuable experience teaching language courses under close supervision of our Second Language Acquisition faculty. Classified as Academic Student Employees, our teaching assistants enjoy generous benefits, union representation, and a tuition waiver. Incoming MA students are also automatically considered for a one-time Top Scholar Research Assistant award, payable over one summer.
FIS faculty are actively engaged in research and publication. Recent graduate-level courses have focused on linguistic field work; translation; digital editing and publication; archives; and on sexuality and gender. See currently featured courses and projected courses on our website.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete a Graduate Certificate in conjunction with their French MA, as part of their interdisciplinary work. Popular certificates include Textual and Digital Studies (housed in French and Italian Studies), Secondary and Foreign Language Teaching; Cinema and Media Studies; Feminist Studies; and Sexuality and Queer Studies.
Recent graduates have been accepted to PhD programs and to the UW’s Masters in Teaching program; others work in cultural outreach, as translators for Seattle’s major tech companies, and as French instructors in both K-12 and college programs. Our graduates have also secured publishing contracts for their translation work. See our website for examples of recently-completed MA projects and post-degree outcomes.
READY TO APPLY?
Applications are now open for Autumn 2023 admission to the Master of French Studies through February 1, 2024. Applicants who submit all required materials by this deadline will be included in the initial selection process and given full consideration for funding through Teaching or Research Assistantships.