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CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Professor Benoît Bolduc
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Professor Denis Hollier
DIRECTOR OF NYU IN PARIS:
Benoît Bolduc Associate Professor (in Paris)
Professor Henriette Goldwyn (in New York)
The Center for French Civilization and Culture, incorporating the Department of French, La Maison Française, NYU in Paris, and the Institute of French Studies, is a comprehensive academic complex devoted to the culture of France, past and present. Its wide range of activities concerned with France places New York University in the forefront of American universities and enables the Center to play a preeminent role in the cultural exchange between France and the United States. It has been recognized as a “Center of Excellence” by the French government.
La Maison Française: The home of French cultural activities at Washington Square, La Maison Française offers many programs each week, including lectures by leading French writers, critics, artists, and political figures, as well as concerts, symposia, art shows, films, and a library. Students also have access to various French cultural institutions in the city and to productions by French theatre companies.
NYU in Paris: New York University offers five programs of graduate study at its Paris center. The choice of program depends on the individual student’s background, interests, and career goals. The M.A. degree in French language and civilization may be completed in one year or several summers. Students of literature may take their first year of the M.A.-Ph.D. sequence of courses in Paris; students wishing to complete only an M.A. degree in literature may do so in one year. Courses are conducted both by New York University faculty and by distinguished visiting professors from the French university system. Students also enroll for one or two courses per semester within the Paris university system. The M.A. degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language includes two semesters of work in Paris. The M.A. degree in Literary Translation includes one summer session in Paris.
Institute of French Studies: The Institute offers graduate programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French civilization and joint degrees with other departments and schools. Its broad range of graduate courses is designed to train students who seek a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to French society, politics, history, and culture. Students in the Department of French may take courses at the Institute and may qualify for an Advanced Certificate of Achievement in French Studies from the Institute. For information concerning the Institute’s programs, admission, and financial aid, see the Institute of French Studies section of this bulletin.
Master of Arts in French Literature
Degree Requirements: Satisfactory completion of graduate studies totaling at least 32 points (at least 24 in residence at New York University in New York or Paris) and a comprehensive examination. Students are required to take Proseminar/Textual Analysis FREN-GA 1101. Students in French are also expected to acquire a solid background in critical practice and a broad knowledge of all periods of French literature by completing at least one course each in six of seven areas (Middle Ages; Renaissance; 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; Francophone) and one course in textual analysis. Following the completion of the required courses, a student must pass a comprehensive written examination based on the M.A. reading list in French. Examination dates are available from the departmental office.
Master of Arts Program in French Language and Civilization
The graduate language and civilization program is particularly suited to present and prospective teachers of French at the secondary school or junior college level, but persons in such varied fields as international affairs, art history, and library science may find such a program appropriate to their career goals. Students take courses in language skills and applied linguistics, French civilization and culture, and modern literature. The M.A. program in French language and civilization may be pursued in Paris either full-time during the academic year or over consecutive summers; in some instances it may be pursued in New York on a part-time basis during the academic year. The degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 32 points with an average of B or better and a master’s essay related to one of the courses. Students are required to take two courses in French literature, two in French civilization, and three in language study.
Joint Degree Master of Arts Program in Teaching French as a Foreign Language
This unique, transatlantic, and highly innovative 50-credit Master of Arts program combines two semesters in Paris and two semesters in New York City. The program leads to initial certification as a teacher of French for grades 7-12 and ESOL for grades K-12 and is offered jointly by Steinhardt’s Foreign Language Education Program and NYU in Paris, Department of French, Graduate School of Arts and Science. Students must enroll for full-time study (at least 12 points) for the two semesters at NYU in Paris. Students may complete remaining course work at the Washington Square campus on a full- or part-time basis.
Master of Arts Program in Literary Translation: French-English
This M.A. program in Literary Translation focuses on providing master’s students with the skills to translate from French to English at a professional level. It aims at educating a much needed new generation of literary translators. The program is taught by faculty members of the NYU French department and offers top-rate theoretical and analytical education in translation. NYU provides the perfect environment for this program because of 1) our location in NYC where, besides the French Publishers’ Agency, the vast majority of American publishers likely to publish French books in translation are located, and 2) the NYU-in-Paris Center, where students will spend a six-week Summer session allowing them to meet with contemporary French writers, publishers, and foreign rights managers.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in French
To qualify for the doctorate, a student must satisfactorily complete graduate studies totaling at least 72 points (at least 32 points in residence at New York University), pass an oral and written qualifying examination and a dissertation proposal examination, and then successfully defend a dissertation. The degree of master of arts in French literature is prerequisite to the doctor of philosophy. All doctoral candidates in French should complete at least one course (including M.A. work) in each of seven areas of French and Francophone literature and one course in literary theory.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy in French and French Studies
This program is suited to candidates with a strong background in history or political science as well as literature who intend to teach civilization and literature at the college level For Degree Requirements and Program details, please see the Institute of French Studies bulletin section.