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French Combined Degree Program

Undergraduate Tulane Students who major in French are eligible to apply for the 5-year combined B.A. and M.A. program in French if they maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Students may apply to enter this program beginning in the Fall semester of their junior year, and applications will be accepted through the Fall semester of their senior year.

Those in the combined B.A. and M.A. program will complete the normal undergraduate French major comprising 33 hours (15 hours of core courses and 18 hours of advanced courses). In their senior year (4th year), students will take 12 credits in French (four 6000-level classes or three 6000-level plus one 7000-level seminar). These 12 credits will then also be counted towards the 33 hours required for the M.A. in French.

For all questions regarding the 5-year combined B.A. and M.A. program in French, please email Professor Jonathan Morton (

B.A. Degree with Major in French

33 hours of coursework

15 hours of core courses

18 hours of advanced courses, of which 12 will be taken during the senior year. (In exceptional cases, and depending on the rotation of course offerings, one or more courses taken in the junior year may be counted among these 12 hours.)

Note: French majors doing the regular B.A. are not required to take 6000-level courses. 4+1 candidates will take 4 courses at the 6000 or 7000 level in their 4th year.

M.A. in French

In their fifth year, students will take 4 courses in the Fall semester and 3 courses in the Spring semester. All course work should be taken within the Department of French and Italian.

The M.A. Paper

Students will write and defend an original research paper written under supervision of a faculty member and a second reader. It may be an expanded version of a course paper, and in its final form should be from 20 to 30 pages in length. At least one member of the M.A. committee must be a tenure-line faculty member. In the event that neither of the first two readers is a tenure-line faculty member, a third, tenure-line faculty member will be added to the committee. In all cases the first reader will be a faculty member whose institutional appointment includes the expectation of research. The revised paper is to be submitted to the first reader by March 1st. The defense must take place no later than the first week of April. The supervising professor and a second faculty reader will participate with the student in an oral defense of the paper. The defense will be open to the departmental faculty.

Language Requirement

Before the end of the Spring semester of their fifth year, all students in the combined B.A. and M.A. program will be expected to demonstrate reading competence in one of the following languages: Arabic, Creole (both taught within the department), Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, or Old Occitan. The department will consider students’ petitions to have other languages accepted, but acceptance will depend upon the student making a case for the usefulness of this language to his or her research.

Filing for the Degree

Students must inform the School of Liberal Arts of their desire to participate in graduate ceremonies. The Graduate Director will be asked to confirm, by audit, that candidates have completed their degree requirements. Students must also complete a departmental form available from the Graduate Director, called the 4+1 M.A. Checklist (see Graduate Handbook appendix).

Interested students must complete an online application form available through the Office of Graduate Programs of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts. They must also submit a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation.