Funded graduate students are expected to enroll only
in graduate-level courses that count towards the MA-LLC or MA-FLP
degree program that they are pursuing in the Department of Languages,
Literatures and Cultures. If a graduate student wishes to take a course
unrelated to his/her field or take a course at the undergraduate level,
either for credit or as a listener, s/he must have the written approval
of the DLLC's Director of Graduate Studies or the LLC Department
Chairperson before enrolling.
All courses must be chosen in
consultation with the advisor and should represent as broad a
perspective on the major literature as possible (i.e. students should
avoid taking too many courses in one literary period). While graduate
students are allowed by the University to take up to 12 credits a
semester, the Department considers 9 graduate credits to be a reasonable
course load for students working as TAs, RAs, or in the Media Center. A
student wishing to take 12 graduate credits in a semester should
consult first with his/her advisor.
One course = three credits.
Funded students must average at least 5 courses per year over the two
year grant period. (FREN 533 and GRMN 533, French and German for Reading
Knowledge, do not count towards these minima). Semesters spent on the
exchange programs are not considered to be part of the funding period.
seminars (courses numbered 875) in the student's major language are
obligatory each semester for all full-time students. Unlike 600-level
courses which admit advanced undergraduates, these courses are open only
to graduate students. A waiver of this requirement may be granted under
the following circumstances:
- An identical course has
been taken at the undergraduate or graduate level (this would apply, for
example, to narrowly defined subject matter, such as single-author
- There is a direct conflict with another required course
for which there is no allowable substitute, and which the student will
not have the opportunity to take in a subsequent semester
- In the case of double majors or major-minors: two 875 courses are offered at the same hour
majors or major-minors in the LLC Program or in the FLP Program have
completed their course requirements in the literature in question.
should put their request in writing to the Director of Graduate
Studies, who will consult with the 875 professor before granting (or
denying) the waiver.
Students are discouraged from requesting
independent study courses. However, in exceptional circumstances in
which an independent study seems appropriate, students may request
permission to take such a course. Their request must be put in writing
and addressed to the Department Chair. They should indicate why they
need to take the independent study course, who will supervise it, and
what the topic is.
Teaching Assistants who enter the program in
September must take Principles of Teaching Foreign Languages (LLCU 623)
in their first semester, unless the student has taken an identical
course as an undergraduate. Students who enter in mid-year must take the
course the following September. Only those students who are enrolled in
or have previously taken LLCU 623 will be allowed to teach.(Exception: students who have taken LLCU 621 and have participated in orientation may also teach).All
recipients of a Graduate Assistantship (TAship, RAship, etc.) are
required to take LLCU 623. If a student has completed course work judged
equivalent to LLCU 622, 623 or 624 and can provide documentation (e.g.
teaching portfolio, syllabi, teaching certificate), substitutions within
the field of FL Pedagogy may be accepted.
financial aid from the Department must take at least 50% of their course
credits in the Department each semester.
Credits earned in FREN
533 and GRMN 533 (French and German for Reading Knowledge) may not be
counted towards completion of the 30, 36, or 42-credit (depending upon
option selected) MA degree in the Department of Languages, Literatures
Students may not take for graduate credit a course
that has already been taken for undergraduate credit. (Example: if
you've taken GRMN 422 "Age of Goethe" you may not take GRMN 622 "Age of
Students in the MA-FLP (Masters in Languages,
Literatures, Cultures, and Pedagogy) program or those in the MA-LLC
(Masters in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) program with a single
major have a 30-credit requirement for the MA. Students on stipend
(i.e., those with teaching or other responsibilities within the
Department) are advised to plan their coursework in consultation with
their advisors, so that they need take only two courses in their final
semester, to allow themselves time to prepare for the MA Comprehensive
Examination. Students pursuing the major-minor option of the MA-LLC
degree or MA-FLP will have to take three courses per semester for each
of the four semesters in order to finish on time.
wish to change their program in any way (MA-FLP to MA-LLC or vice versa,
the addition or substitution of a minor, etc.) must address their
request in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies.