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BA/MA (4+1) Degree Program

What is it?

This program allows outstanding French students to complete a BA and MA in five years.

What are the benefits?

Students with advanced proficiency in French work with a mentor to design a course of study tailored to their individual interests to prepare for graduate school or a career in diplomacy, business, law, or teaching.

What are the requirements?

  • Completion of the major in French by the end of the junior year
  • Cum GPA 3.5; French GPA 3.7
  • 1 semester at an approved program in a French-speaking country
  • Application to the BA/MA (4+1) Degree Program at the end of semester 5
  • Completion of a thesis (50 pages)

Typical course of study beginning with French 2501w:

Semester 1                   1 course                                   3 hours

Semester 2                   1 course                                   3 hours

*Semester 3                 Study abroad                        12 hours

*Semester 4                 1 course                                   3 hours

*Semester 5                 1 course                                   3 hours

                      Apply to the 4+1 program

*Semester 6                 2 courses                                 6 hours

Completion of French major             30 hours

Semester 7                   2 courses                                  6 hours

**Semester 8               2 courses                                  6 hours

**Semester 9               2 courses + 3 thesis hours   9 hours

**Semester 10             2 courses + 3 thesis hours   9 hours

Presentation of thesis at end of semester

Completion of MA                               30 hours

*Students may choose to study in a French-speaking country during the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th semesters.

** In consultation with the mentor, 2 or 3 courses in the MA program may be undergraduate courses with added work for graduate credit. Students take graduate-level courses during the 4th and 5th years.


Robert F. Barsky, Director of Graduate Studies