Thank you for exploring our website –
We appreciate your interest in our program! Once you have perused our departmental home page and explored the Graduate College portal, please don’t hesitate to contact me at bourgetc [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu with any questions that you may have. In the meantime, I would like to share with you some of the highlights of our program.
Faculty and Courses: Our versatile and dynamic faculty offers courses in a wide range of research areas and periods, including pedagogy and second-language acquisition, linguistics, critical theory, the Francophone world, and French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the Modern era. All of our faculty members have impressive publication records and research agendas; but just as importantly, we are experienced classroom instructors who are committed to teaching and mentoring our students both inside and outside the classroom.
The MA Program: The University of Arizona offers 3 emphases for the M.A. in French: (1) French Literature and Culture, (2) Teaching French as a Foreign Language, and (3) Francophone Studies. Students in all of these areas receive outstanding teacher training under the guidance of our Director of Basic Languages, and most complete the program in 2 years. We also offer an Accelerated M.A. for outstanding University of Arizona undergraduates who wish to begin graduate coursework while completing the B.A. Ours is a relatively small M.A. program, which means that each student receives individualized mentoring and attention.
Financial Aid: Particularly in these difficult times, we realize that financial aid to help with tuition and living expenses is often a key consideration in deciding whether – and where – to attend graduate school. Many of our graduate students receive at least partial funding through the Department, the Graduate College, and/or outside sources in the form of research assistantships, graduate assistantships, tuition scholarships and waivers, and fellowships. For additional information, please explore the Financial Aid section of the Graduate College website. We make every effort to allocate awards as fairly as possible among our outstanding applicants and students.
Opportunities for Study and Professional Development Abroad: Qualified graduate students may apply for our year-long educational exchange with the Université de Paris VII, our semester-long exchange with the Sorbonne, or for a teaching assistantship in our Arizona in Paris summer program.
Campus Life: Whatever your interests and hobbies, you will find plenty to do right here on campus! As a member of the Pacific 10 (soon to be PAC-12) athletic conference, we host NCAA I games and competitions in a variety of sports. The University of Arizona also offers an abundance of clubs, film series, lectures, concerts (for example, UA Presents), and other cultural events and activities – it is virtually impossible to find a day when there is “nothing to do”! And because our campus is relatively compact and centralized, almost all the University museums, libraries, restaurants, stadiums, theaters, and lecture halls are within easy walking or biking distance of our Department.
Location: Tucson is a vibrant city of 550,000 people with a metropolitan area of more than a million residents – yet many students will tell you that it has a small-town atmosphere. Vestiges of Spanish colonial architecture from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and legends of Wild West cowboys who once graced our streets, at once contribute to the region’s colorful history and make the “Old Pueblo” an intriguing town to explore. For those who enjoy the arts, we have a variety of dance and theatre companies, both professional and amateur orchestras, and regular performances throughout the year by well-known artists and touring companies (for just a sample, see Broadway in Tucson or the Tucson Convention Center’s Event Calendar). Tucson also offers year-round sunshine, palm trees, affordable living, and incredible possibilities for weekend excursions to destinations like Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and the beaches of Mexico and San Diego!
How to Apply: Interested candidates for admission to our program should explore the Graduate College website, contact us with any questions you may have, and then fill out the online application if you feel that our programs are well-suited to your interests and qualifications. Although we continue to consider applications beyond the first
week of January, prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to secure financial aid and teaching positions.
Again, please feel free to contact me via email at bourgetc [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu with any questions or comments you may have. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
With warmest regards,