The foreign languages MA aims to enhance the linguistic and cultural proficiency of students through courses in sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, film studies, cultural studies and literary studies. Students may select from four concentrations: French, Spanish, French and Spanish, and Spanish/bilingual-multicultural education. Located only miles from Washington, D.C., students take advantage of the program’s existing relationships with schools, embassies, federal agencies, and international businesses—providing opportunity for internships and other educational experiences outside the classroom. 

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For specific information, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-MA-FRLN

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-42

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

Each concentration has a different number of required credits. In all four concentrations, 6 of the total credits may be earned with a thesis. Regardless of the concentration selected, all students must meet the core and distribution requirements given below and pass a comprehensive exam or write a thesis.

Concentration in French (FRN)

18 credits must be in courses with the subject code FREN.

Literature
Select two courses in literature chosen in consultation with an advisor and cover two different literary periods or Francophone regions.6
French Language and Linguistics
Select two courses in French language and linguistics chosen in consultation with an advisor.6
French
Select two additional courses in French literature or language in consultation with an advisor.6
Electives
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor. A maximum of 6 credits may be used for directed reading and research or thesis.12
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Thesis
Total Credits30

Concentration in Spanish (SPN)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502Hispanic Sociolinguistics3
SPAN 510Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies3
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select any five courses with the SPAN subject code.15
Electives
Select three electives in consultation with an advisor. 29
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Total Credits30
1

Students must take the core courses within their first 15 credits.

2

They can include additional courses in Latin American or Spanish culture, linguistics, or literature, courses with the subject code FRLN, up to 6 credits of courses in related fields, and up to 6 credits of thesis research and writing. Students who do not complete their thesis during one semester of SPAN 799 will need to register for additional credits. Independent studies courses are not available for graduate students of Spanish.

Concentration in Spanish and French (SF)

French
Select six required courses (not electives) specified under the concentration in French.18
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Take the two required core courses specified under the concentration in Spanish, plus four electives with the SPAN subject code.18
Electives
Select two electives with the FREN, FRLN, and SPAN subject codes. 16
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Credits42
1

Students who elect to complete a thesis may apply 6 credits of 798 and 799 to fulfill this requirement.

Concentration in Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education (SBM)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502Hispanic Sociolinguistics3
SPAN 510Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies3
Latino, Latin American or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select four courses with the SPAN subject code.12
Education Courses
Select two courses from the following list in consultation with an advisor. 6
Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research
Assessment of Language Learners
Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages
Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools
Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages
Electives 2
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor.12
Total Credits36
1

Students must take the core courses within their first 15 credits.

2

Students who elect to complete a thesis may apply 6 credits of 798 and 799 to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Languages, BA (Spanish Concentration)/Foreign Languages, Accelerated MA (Spanish Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree. If accepted, students may earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish after satisfactory completion of 144 credits.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in Foreign Languages (Spanish concentration), see Application Requirements on the departmental website.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (SPAN 510 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies and SPAN 502 Hispanic Sociolinguistics) as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Foreign Languages, BA (Spanish Concentration)/Foreign Languages, Accelerated MA (Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree. If accepted, students may earn both a bachelor's degree in foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish and a master's degree in foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education after satisfactory completion of 150 credits.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in Foreign Languages (Spanish/Bilingual Multicultural Education concentration), see Application Requirements on the departmental website.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (SPAN 510 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies and SPAN 502 Hispanic Sociolinguistics) as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department.  Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.