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The Master of Arts degree in Romance Languages is designed for students interested in French, Italian, Spanish, or any combination of two of these. It provides advanced training for those who plan to complete their graduate studies in literature, language, literary and cultural theory at the master’s level, and for those who anticipate continuing graduate work up to the doctoral degree.

The program is tailored to the needs of those who wish:

• To teach these languages at the elementary, middle school, or high school levels, whether they are seeking initial certification or cross-endorsement;

• To teach these languages at the college level

• To work in related fields, such as foreign service, other government service, private industry, translation and interpreting, librarianship, etc.

The program is built on three premises:

• The teaching of language and culture requires mastery of literary works, from different periods and genres, as well as other forms of cultural production.

• Scholarly research and writing, such as is required in graduate courses, is essential for exploring and understanding such production. This kind of explorative activity culminates in a capstone experience (i.e., thesis, comprehensive exams, or special project).

• Use of the target language at all times in classroom discussion and the research and writing of examinations and papers, assures fluent, correct and idiomatic mastery of the language.

The mission of the program is to prepare students with a knowledge of historical, political and social contexts that shape language, literature and culture:

• To conduct research using a variety of scholarly resources;

• To apply critical analysis and a variety of theories to the study of literature, language and culture;

• To write critical analyses of literary works and cultural artifacts from a range of period, currents and genres;

• To advance their written and oral communicative abilities in the language of study;

• To analyze their target language from a linguistic perspective, including its structure, its comparative historical/cultural development, as well as how this foreign language is acquired;

• To engage in informed discussions about linguistic, historical and cultural varieties of their target language;

• To articulate the significance of literary and cultural artifacts within their historical and cultural context;

• To create original work in the target language.

For more information about graduate certification in foreign language teaching, email Dr. Elena Schmitt and Dr. Erin Larkin, FL Certification Coordinators at and or visit the web site for Foreign Language Teaching Certification at SCSU:

In accordance with the admission policy of the School of Graduate Studies, the following are the minimum requirements for admission to the M.A. in Romance Languages:

• An undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States. Degrees from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by WES accreditation agency;

• An undergraduate degree from an Anglophone university OR TOEFL with the minimum score of 600 OR a passing score on all three sections of PRAXIS I;

• Proficiency in the target language at Advanced Low level demonstrated by ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Production Test (WPT);

• Writing sample in the target language or English;

• A letter of intent in English to explain the candidate’s background, reasons for enrolling in the program, and outline areas of interest;

• Two letters of recommendation.

The MA in RL requires a total of 37 credits, consisting of:
• 13 core credit hours (4 courses), taught in English to all language concentrations
• 18 credit hours of electives (6 courses), taught in the language-specific concentration
• a 6-credit Capstone experience (in a 2 semester sequence), with the option of a Comprehensive Examination, a Thesis option, or a Special Project.

The MA in Romance Languages has rolling admissions. Applications to matriculate in either the fall or spring semesters are accepted year round. Please direct any questions regarding applications or admission requirements to Dr. Erin Larkin at .

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*Find the most up-to-date offerings in Italian on the current online course catalog here.*