Interested in graduate studies in French literature and culture ? Please consider UIC’s Master of Arts program. We offer a small, supportive academic community within the cultural wealth of Chicago.
Our MA students work closely with their professors, with lots of face time and individual attention. Recent faculty honors include a Mellon Foundation fellowship, a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, a Teaching Award from UIC’s Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching.
We are proud to be one of only a few departments in the United States where the faculty teaches exclusively in French at the graduate level. Recent graduate courses have been devoted to The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, The World According to Molière, Variations on the Human in 19th-Century France, The Algerian War and its Cultural Heritage in France, and Seduction from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. Our comprehensive exams are designed to maximize student collaboration with faculty, and guide students to develop a broad knowledge of French studies while honing their research skills.
The vast majority of our graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a generous stipend and a full tuition waiver. In addition to an intensive orientation and weekly strategy meetings, the Language and Culture Learning Center and a seminar on communicative pedagogy provide opportunities for TAs to learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques.
The intellectual environment at UIC is dynamic and interdisciplinary. Particularly notable is UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, which sponsors a wonderful variety of lectures, colloquia, and seminars. Our MA students may also work with other programs, such as Gender and Women’s Studies and Moving Image Arts to enhance their learning experience.
We organize exciting events every year: recent examples include roundtables with world-renowned authors Andreï Makine and Valère Novarina, a lecture by Rwandan filmmaker Joël Karekezi, a roundtable on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and a conference (cosponsored with the French Consulate) on Rousseau. The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics also sponsors an annual conference—featuring nationally known keynote speakers—at which both faculty and graduate students present their work in progress.
Connections to the world
Our program seeks to help students build bridges to people and places outside the UIC campus. We cultivate close ties to the renowned Newberry Library, and Chicago’s splendid Art Institute, Lyric Opera, and vibrant theater life are all within easy reach. UIC can also facilitate access to a graduate-level exchange program with the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) in Paris.
Our graduates are regularly accepted into top Ph.D. programs, recently including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, NYU, Brown University, Emory University, Tulane University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. Other graduates go on to teach in private and public schools, or apply their French studies to enriching their practice of law, architecture, or business.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you’d simply like to talk about our program. The deadline to apply for admission and teaching assistantships is February 1, 2017.
My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from you!
Director of Graduate Studies in French