Dual MA in French and Francophone Studies and WGSS

The departments of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) offer a dual MA that can be completed in two years by full-time students. Successful applicants have the possibility to serve as a teaching assistant in both RALL and WGSS, allowing them to gain valuable teaching experience in both fields.

French and Francophone Studies at UC

MA students in French at the University of Cincinnati receive excellent preparation in modern and contemporary French and Francophone Studies, working closely with the graduate faculty of the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures and our affiliates. Our expertise covers:

  • Francophone Cultures, Film, Media, and Literature of Quebec, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean
  • Contemporary French Cinema, bande dessinée, and literature
  • Diaspora and postcolonial studies
  • Gender and Sexuality studies of the Francophone World
  • Pedagogy, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Second-Language Acquisition (SLA)
  • Islamic philosophy and ethics, religion and climate change, selfhood and identity in Islamic thought

Our students may fulfill their second-language requirements through courses offered in the department in Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.

Our students benefit from careful mentoring that prepares them for teaching careers or to pursue a PhD in French and Francophone studies. Past graduates of our French program have recently been placed in tenure-track positions at Milliken University, Villanova University, Bentley University, and Wright State University. Others hold positions in international business and university administration and teach language courses at the high school and college levels. 

 Our students receive training in pedagogy and are guided and mentored while teaching in our basic language program. Our graduates may also take advantage of the opportunity to gain teaching experience and increased cultural proficiency through our agreements with the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. This agreement enables us to send one student or outgoing MA graduate to Bordeaux annually to work as lecturers.

More information about our faculty and program can be found at: https://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/rall.html

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UC

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is one of the fastest growing academic fields in the country. The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, as one of the oldest and most respected and established academic programs in WGSS, is on the cutting edge of this movement. Students in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UC experience small classes with much individualized attention, outstanding research and teaching faculty, rigorous and diverse curricula, internship and study abroad opportunities, graduate student teaching experience, regular symposia and guest speakers, an excellent placement record, and a highly supportive environment.

Our department has twelve core faculty and nearly 100 affiliated faculty members from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and intellectual backgrounds. Our substantial endowment, raised by our long-established Friends of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, provides additional scholarship, internship, and graduate assistant funds for our students.

More information on the department can be found here: https://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/wgss.html

The University of Cincinnati has over 48,000 students, including 10,000 graduate students and our graduate students benefit from everything that a large public university has to offer. The city of Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and is the 24th largest metro area in the United States—big enough to have world-class cultural institutions, a thriving art and music scene, and non-stop flights to Paris among many other destinations. At the same time, Cincinnati is small enough to be an easy and affordable place for graduate students to live. 

Contact information:

Michael Gott (RALL): gottml@ucmail.uc.edu
Valerie Weinstein (WGSS): weinstve@ucmail.uc.edu