French Studies

 

Visit the French & Francophone Studies website.

Main office:
314 Herter Hall
413-545-2314

 

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program

 

Undergraduate Program

The French and Francophone Studies at UMass Amherst maintains a two fold objective: to enable students to achieve a competent command of the French language in its spoken and written forms, and to help them develop an in-depth familiarity with the cultures and societies of both France and the French-speaking world.


The program offers a wide variety of courses and programs that enable students to prepare for careers in teaching, research, translation, and communication; enhance the appreciation of literature and build advanced skills in literary and critical scholarship; and to develop a broad-based knowledge of the intellectual traditions, the social and political histories, and the cultural institutions of France and other societies worldwide in which the French language has gained ground as an official or social currency.

 

Program Advisor:

Phillippe Baillargeon
315 Herter Hall
413-545-2314

 

Graduate Program

The department offers several options at this level for students with a variety of backgrounds and career objectives: the Master of Arts (M.A.) in French for students who have a strong preparation in French at the undergraduate level (a major or possibly a minor) and who want to undertake more advanced work in French and Francophone Studies (French language and linguistics, literature, cultural studies or literary theory); the Portfolio M.A. in French, intended particularly for candidates whose background or objectives do not fall within the traditional pattern, which is especially appropriate for those who have a professional goal other than teaching and/or who are interested in designing a program with an interdisciplinary emphasis, or for those who have an unusual background in French, such as extensive residence and work experience in a French-speaking country, and who would like to integrate this experience with the intellectual discipline of graduate study; and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) in both French and Italian, a preprofessional degree for those planning to teach in secondary schools.

 

Graduate Program Director:
Luke Bouvier
321 Herter Hall
413-545-6545

 

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Italian Studies

 

Visit the Italian Studies website.

Main office:
314 Herter Hall
413-545-2314

 

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program

 

Undergraduate Program

Students who pursue the Italian Studies program at UMass Amherst learn not only about the language, literature and cinema of Italy but also about the way in which the nation and its people have for centuries been involved in the most important aspects of artistic and intellectual innovation in the Western World.

 

A major in Italian is a practical and valuable asset for students with all sorts of interests and specializations. Those who pursue careers in the arts, from music to painting to architecture, will enjoy several distinct advantages with an Italian Studies background. According to official UNESCO data, one half of the entire world's art treasures is located in Italy. Opportunities for employment are to be found in the arts and art administration, in museums, restoration and conservation, the performing arts, music and ballet. As it is the Romance language closest to Latin, Italian will be helpful to students of Classics as well, both in understanding texts and in traveling to archeological sites in Italy. Publishing firms, especially those that market their books abroad or deal in foreign language texts, often seek editors, editorial assistants and managers with training in Italian. And as Italy's economic and political relevance grows, it will have an ever greater role in international affairs. A background in Italian can help students earn a rewarding job in the fields of library science, journalism, radio, television and film, as well as in tourism and international transportation.

 

Program Advisor:

Arturo Figliola
302 Herter Hall
413-545-6718

 

Graduate Program

The Italian Studies Program currently offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), which is a pre-professional degree for those planning to teach in secondary schools.

 

Graduate Program Director:
Roberto Ludovico
309 Herter Hall
413-545-6548

 

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