The French graduate program, with its breadth of topics in literature and linguistics, offers an interdisciplinary curriculum. The linguistics component consists of the study of a variety of linguistic theories and their specific application to the analysis of French. The literature option includes a comprehensive genre- and period-oriented set of courses. Since a major goal of all students enrolled in a French program is mastery of the language, courses in the Department of French are given in French.
Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Admission requires a sound background in French literature or French linguistics, as well as good command of both oral and written French. Candidates lacking these must remedy the deficiency before admission is granted through satisfactory completion of one or two terms as a qualifying student. Students are also expected to demonstrate a University-level knowledge of English.
This program has two options, consisting of course work and either a thesis or two extended essays, for a minimum of 30 graduate units. Students should consult their supervisors when selecting elective course work.
Students must complete
nine units from their chosen concentration in either French linguistics or literature
and requirements from either a thesis or extended essays option
15 units of graduate course work
and extended essays
The study of research methods and tools used in French linguistics and/or French literature. Planning a long term research project.
and three additional units from their chosen concentration in either French linguistics or literature
and a thesis proposal
Thesis Proposal. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
and a thesis
Please see Graduate Studies Chair for details about this course offering. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
SFU students accepted in the accelerated master’s within the Department of French may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor’s degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/programs/accelerated-masters.html.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.
Elective course work should be selected in consultation with the supervisor.
Upon admission, each student will be assigned a temporary supervisor. By the time of enrollment in their second term, students must declare their MA option and confirm their supervisor. Required course work, thesis proposal, and other requirements are approved by the graduate chair.
Thesis Proposal and Thesis
Students in the thesis option are required to submit the thesis proposal no later than one term following the completion of their course work. The examination of the proposal consists of an oral presentation before the student's supervisory committee. Students must receive a grade of Complete (CO) in order to proceed with writing their thesis. The thesis itself is expected to be 70-90 pages.
In the extended essays option, the two extended essays are evaluated by instructors in courses previously taken by the student. Each extended essay must be a minimum 25 pages in length. The essays must be submitted no later than one term following the completion of coursework. A minimum grade of B is required for successful completion. Essays can be revised and resubmitted until a minimum B grade is reached. Extended essays need not be submitted to SFU Library.
Students are normally expected to write the extended essay or thesis in French. Under special circumstances and with the approval of the supervisor, this work may be written in English.
Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations
All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.