French and Italian
French and Italian
Department Information: 
3134 JFSB

French Studies is not accepting applications for 2019-2020

The programs in French are designed to help students improve their research ability, further develop critical thinking and writing skills, broaden their understanding of French and francophone cultural history, and increase their understanding of the French language. The programs may also serve as a step toward doctoral studies or toward a career in teaching (SLaT).

One degree is offered through the Department of French and Italian: French Studies—MA. An MA in Second Language Teaching (French) is also offered as part of the College of Humanities’ Second Language Teaching (SLaT) program. See description in Center for Language Studies section of this catalog.

The average number of students admitted to the program is from four to five per year. Most students require four semesters to complete the degree, but it is possible to complete it in one year.

Chair:  Daryl P. Lee
Graduate Coordinator: Nicolaas Unlandt

Resources & Opportunity: 
  1. Foreign Language Student Residence.
  2. Internships in French-speaking countries.
  3. Teaching opportunities in France and at BYU as Student Instructors
  4. Graduate Student Conferences at BYU and elsewhere.
  5. Graduate Mentoring Grants to support specialized research topics.
  6. Departmental Symposia featuring guest speakers.
  7. International Cinema featuring French-speaking films.
  8. French Club activities including the production of plays, cultural events, etc.
  9. Opportunities to publish in and/or to edit the departmental journal, Lingua Romana.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see its online handbook at the French and Italian Department home page and consult the MA French Studies link under the Programs tab.

Financial Assistance: 

Several graduate teaching fellowships and a few partial-tuition scholarships, based on need and academic record, are available.