Prosper Sanou, for French
Track A: Students who wish to follow a traditional M.A. program with the intention of proceeding toward further study on the Ph.D. level. Its flexibility allows students to design a curriculum that includes studies in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies in one of the Romance languages or in a combination of two Romance languages. This track gives the students a choice of writing a Masterís Thesis or passing a Comprehensive Examination to qualify for the degree.
Track B:. Students who have completed the provisional requirements to teach languages in secondary schools, and are required by state regulations to complete a Master degree. The new track for secondary school teachers is specifically designed for those students who have completed the Teacher Preparation Program in Foreign Languages at the undergraduate level. It allows secondary school teachers to further concentrate in language and cultural studies in one of the Romance languages or in a combination of two Romance language through additional study in the language(s) they teach. It also engages students in a research project that is relevant to their profession. This project is academically equivalent to the M.A. Thesis in Track A.
All courses will be offered no earlier than 5:00 P.M. to meet the time constraints of secondary school teachers.
Track A: Specialization in Literature and Culture
This track is designed for students who wish to proceed subsequently toward a Ph.D. program in language, literature, arts, thought, and culture. Emphasis is the study of literature, language and linguistics, and culture.
The M.A. requires a specialization in French, in Italian, or in a combination of two Romance Languages (French, Italian, Spanish). It requires at least ten three-credit courses (eight courses for students who opt to write a Thesis) to be completed with a grade average of B or better, for a total of 30 credits.
The following courses are required:
Total credits: 30
Total credits: 30
Romance Languages: (e.g. French and Italian, French and Spanish, Italian and Spanish)
Total credits: 30
Competence at the intermediate level in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement This requirement may be fulfilled through a departmental examination or a suitable language course designed for graduate students.
M. A. Examination or M. A. Thesis (students will choose either option A or B)
A. ó M.A. Thesis: Students write a Masterís Thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor, along with a second faculty member in his/her major program and a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion of the thesis, the student prepares a formal presentation of the thesis.
B. ó M. A. Examination: Students who opt not to write a Master Thesis must complete a four-hour written examination and a one-hour oral examination. The examination is based on a comprehensive reading list in the studentís area of specialization. Three faculty members will serve as examiners.
Track B: Specialization in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers
Goals: The M.A. in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers is designed to meet the needs of students who have already received provisional licensing in French, Italian and/or Spanish, but need to fulfill the state requirement to obtain a Master's degree in order to be granted professional certification. The aims of this degree are the following.
A cornerstone of the program is faculty mentorship. Upon completing 12 hours of graduate work, each student designs a course of study with a faculty member. Upon completing all course work the student develops an independent research topic relevant to the issue of teaching a second language at the secondary school level. The faculty advisor serves as supervisor of the project.
The M.A. in Romance Languages for Secondary School Teachers consists of a total of 30 credits. Students will take three core courses (9 credits) and 7 courses (21 credits) in their target language(s).
Students must maintain a B average, and receive at least a B in their language courses (FRN 507, ITL 508, SPN 515).
Core Courses (9 credits):
Total Credits ó Core courses: 9
Course of Study for Areas of Specialization are available for the following languages (21 credits):
Total Credits: 21
Total Credits: 21
3. Romance Languages
Students may choose two of the three Romance Languages taught at Stony Brook, with one as major (French or Italian) and one as minor. Configuration of courses will be developed on an individual basis according to the student's needs. Here is a sample of courses:
Total credits: 21
Note: Culture and linguistics courses could be substituted with permission of the department if not available when they are needed.
Competence in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Competence will be determined by departmental examination, or by completing specific graduate courses approved by the department. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement. For non-native English language speakers, fluency in English is required.
Students must complete a Research Project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and subject to approval by a second faculty member in his/her major program and by a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion, the student prepares a formal presentation of his/her research.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in French or Italian. Students without a degree must show a level of language proficiency equivalent to the degree
Application are accepted only on-line. To apply follow this link: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=sunysb-gs
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