Graduate Program

The M.A. program Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: French prepares students with a broad background in language and literature written in French, leading to careers in teaching or further advanced study at the doctoral level. Our program is based on a solid curriculum leading to specialization in French and Francophone literatures. Throughout, students maintain a close contact with the director of graduate studies and have easy access to their various professors. Our graduates have been highly successful at being accepted by Ph.D. granting institutions throughout the nation and in completing their doctoral degrees.

The French section has a qualified, dynamic and widely traveled faculty who are engaged in research and highly committed to their students. The program is designed so that the student may combine his/her interest with other disciplines through the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in which the French section participates. The French faculty regularly invite distinguished scholars, including individuals such as Jean-François Lyotard, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Zizek, Michel Maffessoli, and Marc Sourdot to speak on a variety of topics from textual and social theory and the sociology of the French masses to French linguistics, argot and popular expression.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to select qualified candidates who have been admitted to the M.A. program. Applicants for assistantships are considered on the basis of knowledge and skills in French as well as scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. Teaching assistants are responsible for a first-year language class and monitoring the language lab. In addition to a wage, teaching assistants receive a waiver of the tuition and registration fees. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package (see the UM Graduate School web site for details). Each semester teaching assistants are required to register for nine credits that apply to their M.A. program. Teaching assistantships are renewable for a second year, provided that adequate progress has been made toward completing the M.A. degree and that the TA's teaching has been satisfactory.

Research Facilities

The Mansfield Library, with holdings of over a million volumes, houses a balanced collection pertaining to French and Francophone studies. In addition, facilities for computer-assisted research are available, and you can get documents not in the holdings quite rapidly through Interlibrary Loan.

Missoula, located in southwestern Montana, is a beautiful college town nestled in the heart of the Rockies. The University's performing arts, sports and other events along with a lively community and the surrounding access to nature make a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities available.


For additional information and application materials, please contact the Graduate Advisor directly, the French MA reading list is provided below:
Dr. Benedicte Boisseron

French MA Reading List