12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
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The graduate program in French and Francophone Studies at Pennsylvania State University generates and analyzes culture and society and literature. For example, programs of study can concentrate on such topics as genres, themes, periods, cultural anthropology, philosophy, socio-cultural and literary history, stylistics, urbanism, visual studies, and women’s and gender studies.


Through varied sites of analysis (city, library, archive, classroom, stage, environment, among others), the program explores past and current issues and theoretical debates. Our interdisciplinary approach to French and Francophone Studies currently gravitates around three major poles: race and gender; cultures and literatures in contact; and aesthetics/poetics.

The M.A. is a general humanistic degree at Pennsylvania State University that helps prepare students for a variety of situations, including teaching in private high schools or community colleges, or further graduate work. The Ph.D. is a more specialized degree. The Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies can be combined with a minor in a field such as social thought.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to conduct research that significantly furthers knowledge and theory in the study of either French and Francophone literature or French and Francophone culture and society, and will develop the skills needed to communicate the results of their research within the profession as future scholars and teachers.

  • Graduates will master a variety of theoretical approaches to literature and culture, including semiotics; reader-response criticism; “French Theory:” feminist, queer and postcolonial theories; and narratological and sociological approaches.

  • Graduates will articulate arguments and ideas with rigor and clarity in oral presentations and written formats, according to the conventions of the discipline.

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of scholarly and professional standards in the field through written work and oral presentations, and through interactions with faculty and graduate students both within and outside the Department.

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design course activities and assessments appropriate to courses at various levels.

  • Graduates will master oral and written communication skills in the French language.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • French Literary Theory and Criticism
  • French Linguistics
  • Theory and Techniques of Teaching French
  • Baroque Aesthetics in Seventeenth-Century French Literature and Intellectual History
  • Texts and Performances
  • Analysis of French Civilization
  • Discourses on Decadence, 1870-1914
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Issues in Francophone Literatures
  • French Romanticism and Realism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum qualifications for admission to the program typically include a B.A. in French or the equivalent, a minimum of 3.20 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), and the ability to speak and write in both French and English.
  • A speech sample demonstrating the applicant's ability to speak extemporaneously and coherently about his/her study and career goals in French for Anglophones, in English for Francophones, and in French and English for speakers of other foreign languages is required.
  • A written text on a literary or cultural topic also must be submitted in French for Anglophones and speakers of other foreign languages, and in English for Francophones.
  • Students must submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS 

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
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