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M.A. in Romance Languages

Contact:
 
Charles Franco for Italian

Prosper Sanou, for French


Track A: Literature and Culture
Track B: Language Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers

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.

Degree Requirements:

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:

French:

  • FRN 501 Contemporary Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
  • FRN 507 Advanced French Composition: (3 credits)
  • Eight additional courses (six for students who opt for a MA Thesis) chosen in consultation with the advisor to formulate an area of specialization: These courses may include three courses in related disciplines (18-24 credits)
  • Master Thesis (optional) (6 credits)

Total credits: 30

Italian:

  • ITL 501 Contemporary Italian Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
  • ITL 508 Advanced Italian Composition (3 credits)
  • One of the following courses: ITL 507, 511, 512, 513 (3 credits)
  • Seven additional courses (five for students who opt for a MA Thesis) chosen in consultation with an advisor to formulate an area of specialization. These courses may include three courses in related disciplines. (15-21 credits)
  • Master Thesis (optional): (6 credits)

Total credits: 30

Romance Languages: (e.g. French and Italian, French and Spanish, Italian and Spanish)

  • Composition and Syntax in the two chosen languages (FRN 507, ITL 508, SPN 515) (6 credits)
  • One of the following Romance Linguistics courses, ITL 513, FRN 513, SPN 503, SPN 504 (3 credits)
  • Seven additional courses in two Romance languages (five for students who opt for the MA
  • Thesis) to formulate a major and a minor. These courses are to be chosen in consultations with the advisors and approved by the respective programs to formulate an area of specialization: These courses may include three courses in related disciplines (15-21 credits)
  • Master Thesis (optional): (6 credits)

Total credits: 30

Language Requirement:

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.

to provide substantive preparation in the target language, literature and culture
to introduce research tools which enable teachers to create original curriculum material
to provide mentorship through close contact with a faculty advisor

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.

Degree Requirements:

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):

  • FLA 540  Language Acquisition for Secondary School Teachers or or FLA 507, Research in Foreign Language Pedagogy. These courses will address specific needs related to teaching a foreign language in a secondary school by emphasizing practical application in language pedagogy. (3 credits)
  • FLA 571  Teaching Through Technology  (3 credits)
  • FLA 581  Independent Research Project (3 credits) or CEF 557  Classroom Management
  • Competence in a foreign language other than the target language

Total Credits ó Core courses: 9

Course of Study for Areas of Specialization are available for the following languages (21 credits):

French
Italian
Romance Languages

1. French

Courses:

  • FRN 501 Modern French Culture (3 credits)
  • FRN 502 History of French Civilization (3 credits)
  • FRN 507 Syntax and Composition (3 credits)
  • FRN 510 Phonetics (3 credits)
  • One course in literature in French (3 credits)
  • Two elective courses relevant to the program chosen in consultation with the advisor (6 credits)

Total Credits: 21

2. Italian

Courses:

  • ITL 501 Modern Italian Culture (3 credits)
  • ITL 502 Italian Cinema (3 credits)
  • ITL 508 Syntax and Composition (3 credits)
  • One of the following courses: ITL 507, 511, 512, 513 (3 credits)
  • One course in literature in Italian (3 credits)
  • Two elective courses relevant to the program chosen in consultation with the advisor (6 credits)

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:

  • ITL 513, or FRN 513, or SPN 503 or SPN 504 (Romance Linguistics) (3 credits)
  • Two of the following: FRN 507, ITL 508, SPN 515 (Syntax and Composition) (6 credits)
  • Two of the following: FRN 501, ITL 501, SPN 510 (Culture) (6 credits)
  • Two elective courses relevant to the program chosen in consultation with the advisor (6 credits)

Total credits: 21

Note: Culture and linguistics courses could be substituted with permission of the department if not available when they are needed.

Language Requirement:

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.

Research Project:

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

To get the graduate bulletin text of the MA in Romance Languages click here

 

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