Programs by Campus
French and Italian
College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental E-mail: fritdept [at] indiana [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.indiana.edu/%7efrithome
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)
Master of Arts (French Literature, French Linguistics, French Instruction, Italian), and Doctor of Philosophy (French Literature, French Linguistics, Italian)
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
All associate instructors in French are required to take F572 and F573; all associate instructors in Italian are required to take M572 and M573.
Admission Requirements for All Programs
- Undergraduate major in French or Italian, depending on intended focus, or its equivalent;
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test; Domestic student requirement, recommended for international students;
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)—international students only;
- Three letters of recommendation;
- Statement of purpose in English and target language;
- Official transcripts and certified English translations;
- Writing sample
For further details and program-specific requirements, please check the Web site (www.indiana.edu/~frithome/graduate/) or contact the graduate secretary in the department.
Degrees in French
Master of Arts Degree—French Instruction
A total of 30 credit hours, at least 20 credit hours of which must be in French, including F572, F573, F574 or F578, and F580. Additional work must include at least one course from each of the following four areas: French language, Francophone civilization, Francophone literature, and foreign language methodology/applied linguistics/second-language acquisition.
Language Proficiency Requirement
At the end of the first year of graduate study, students will be interviewed in French using a system based on the oral interview procedures developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Educational Testing Service. A score equivalent to “Advanced High” on the ACTFL/ETS scale is required.
Written examinations in the following two areas (one essay written in French): applied French linguistics and foreign language methodology/second language acquisition. Oral examination in one of the following two areas of the student’s choice: Francophone civilization or Francophone literature.
Master of Arts Degree—French Literature
A total of 30 credit hours, at least 23 credit hours of which must be in French.
Evaluation of accumulated dossier of graduate-level term papers by the French literature faculty. Dossier must be prefaced by 4-5 page rationale written (in French) by the student.
Master of Arts Degree—French Linguistics
A total of 30 credit hours, of which 20 must be in French, including F574 or F578, F576, F577, F579, F580, F582 and F603.
Reading proficiency in a language selected from the following list: a modern Romance language other than French (Haitian Creole may count), German, Russian, Latin, or Classical Greek.
Two written exams; one chosen from Group A and one from Group B. Group A: applied French linguistics, history of the French language, and pedagogy/language acquisition. Group B: phonology, syntax. To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, students must select from the first two areas in Group A. Students desiring admission to the Ph.D. program must submit a research statement on the day of the written exams and participate in an oral Ph.D. admission interview.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree—French Literature
Successful completion of the curriculum and final examination constituting the department’s M.A. program in French literature. Students with an M.A. from another institution will first be admitted to the M.A. program, but their work will be submitted for a faculty review at the end of the second semester to be considered for admission to the Ph.D program.
A total of 90 credit hours: 65 credit hours of course work plus 25 thesis hours (F875). F564 and F603 or their equivalents are required.
Reading proficiency in one outside language chosen from German, Latin, Catalan, Classical Greek, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Another language may be substituted with permission of the DGS and the Ph.D dissertation advisor.
A total of 9 to 12 credit hours each, as required by the minor department(s) or program(s).
Oral and written exams covering six literary periods (Middle Ages, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth/twenty-first centuries) or 5 centuries and literary criticism. Students may choose to be exempted from written exams on two of the six literary periods, provided they have achieved a grade of B or higher in two courses from each of these areas. Students must develop a customized reading list in their intended area (literary period) of specialization. Examination on the minor subject is at the discretion of the minor department.
DissertationDoctor of Philosophy Degree—French Linguistics
Successful completion of the curriculum and final examination constituting the department’s M.A. program in French linguistics, plus submission of a research statement and successful completion of the Ph.D admission interview. Students with an M.A. from another institution must pass the department’s M.A. examination, submit the research statement, and sit for the Ph.D admission interview. This can take place at the beginng of the second year; courses taken during the first year count toward the Ph.D.
A total of 90 credit hours: 65 credit hours of course work plus 25 thesis hours (F875). Students must complete at least five 600-level courses in French Linguistics excluding F603.
Reading proficiency in two languages as follows: (1) German or Latin, and (2) one Romance language other than French (including Picard, Occitan and Haitian Creole). The language selected for the M.A. may count toward the Ph.D. requirement. For specialists in the history of French, we highly recommend the study of both German and Latin (in addition to the Romance language).
Twelve (12) credit hours of course work required in (1) general linguistics, excluding Linguistics L503, or (2) second language studies. Other minors are possible with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students will take two cloistered General Exams, three hours each in length, and one Research Exam, to be completed over a period of one week with access to research materials. For the General Exams the students can select one area from Group A (Lexicology/Lexicography, Language Contact, History of French, Sociolinguistics and Dialectology) and one area from Group B (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Second Language Acquisition). Selection of the examination areas will be made in consultation with the student’s advisory committee.
The Research Exam is designed to demonstrate that students have developed sufficient depth in a particular constellation of research questions and that they are ready to begin work on their dissertations. The area of this exam corresponds to the area of the student’s projected dissertation topic and will be distinct from those of the two general exams. The particular question to be addressed, which will reflect the student’s research interests, will be assigned at the beginning of the one-week period during which students write the exam. The Research Exam must be written in English.
The exams will normally be taken during the second semester of the fourth year of study. The General Exams (cloistered) may be taken in January or September; the Research Exam requirement must be satisfied during the same semester as the General Exams. Examination on the minor subject is at the discretion of the minor department.
Degrees in Italian
Master of Arts Degree in Italian
A total of 30 credit hours, of which 20 must be in Italian.
Reading proficiency in one of the following: French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, Spanish.
Six-hour written exam based on reading list covering all periods of Italian literature. Exam must be taken no later than the fourth semester if the student intends to seek admission to the Ph.D program.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Successful completion of the department’s M.A. program in Italian or the equivalent. For further details, contact the graduate secretary in the department.
A total of 90 credit hours. 65 credit hours of course work plus 25 thesis hours (M875).
Reading proficiency in two of the following: French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, Spanish. One of the languages chosen must be French, German, or Latin, according to the dissertation topic. The language selected for the M.A. may count toward the Ph.D. requirement.
A total of 9 to 12 credit hours each, as required by the minor department(s) or program(s).
Two written Ph.D. exams which cover the following major literary periods:
1) Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque (from 1200 to 1600), 6 hours in length;
2) Modern and Contemporary (from 1700 to the present, including cinema), 7 hours in length.
Students must take the first exam (either Part 1 or Part 2) no later than their fourth semester in the Ph.D program.
Students must take the second exam no later than the fourth semester after taking the first exam.
Ph.D. Minor in French Literature
Doctoral students from other departments may complete a minor in French literature by successfully completing no fewer than four French literature courses (12 credit hours) listed in the University Graduate School Bulletin as carrying credit toward the Ph.D., of which no more than two may be at the 400 level. In all cases, selection of the particular courses to be counted must be made in consultation with the Director of Graduate studies in French literature.
Minor in French Linguistics
Doctoral students from other departments may complete a minor in French linguistics by successfully completing no fewer than four French linguistics courses (12 credit hours) at the 500 level or above. Doctoral students in French literature may complete a minor in French linguistics by successfully completing no fewer than three French linguistics courses (9 credit hours, 500-level courses or above) in addition to F603, for a total of 4 courses. In all cases, selection of the particular courses to be counted must be made in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in French linguistics.
Ph.D. Minor in Italian
Doctoral students from other departments may complete a minor in Italian by successfully completing no fewer than four Italian courses (12 credit hours) listed in this bulletin as carrying graduate credit. Selection of the particular courses to be counted must be made in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in Italian.