Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies
The Masters of Arts in French and Francophone Studies opens many doors into research, teaching, publishing, translation, business, journalism, and other fields. Our MA program is proud of the success of our graduates and pleased to invite new applicants.
Please explore our MA website to learn how to apply to our program, how to become a Teaching Associate, as well as the details about our requirements including the comprehensive exams. We invite you to take a moment to scroll down below to read why it is so important to do advanced studies in French today.
French—A Vital World Language:
- French is spoken in 50+ countries.
- In a recent poll conducted by the economic magazine Bloomberg Businessweek (“Which Languages—Other than English—Are Most Useful for Conducting Business around the World?” October 04, 2011), French is placed just after Mandarin in order of importance as a world business language: 1) English; 2) Mandarin; 3) French.
- French-speaking cultures reflect a transnational dialogue and ever-expanding world-literature of perpetual change.
- French is one of the official working languages of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross, and more!
- French is “at home” in North America: The French language is the official second language of Canada, our biggest trading partner, and according to the 2010 U.S. Census, French is the fourth most spoken home language in the U.S., after English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
CSULB’s French and Francophone Studies:
- Our program was highlighted in the Los Angeles Times (December 31, 2011) for its innovation in teaching French to Spanish-speakers and for offering overall high quality language instruction that prepares students for a global economy with strengths in language, literature, and diverse Francophone cultures.
- Our study programs abroad (France, Quebec, Senegal and Switzerland) offer students exciting opportunities to broaden cultural and language skills in various environments.
- We have an active French Club and a local chapter of the French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi.
What Our Graduates Do:
- Obtain doctorates at excellent universities;
- Teach at community colleges and high schools;
- Work for bilingual firms and international companies;
- Our recent alumni survey revealed: “At least 80% said that their degree in French had been extremely helpful and that they wouldn’t have done any other major.”