Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
West Chester and Millersville Universities are launching a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in Fall 2014. This single joint degree will be presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ coursework, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. The 33 semester credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.
Students may enroll in up to three courses in the program while they are finalizing their application, which includes a cover form, two letters of recommendation, a goals statement in the language, and complete transcripts of all post-secondary coursework completed. Any study from another country must be evaluated by WES and forwarded to our admissions offices to be considered in the application.
To enroll, students must have an undergraduate degree and achieve the Advanced Low proficiency level on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test). Students scoring less than AL may complete a provisional semester and be retested at the end of it.
We encourage students to apply for a Graduate Assistantship at West Chester for 3-12 semester credits of tuition waiver and a graduated stipend in exchange for 5-20 hours of work a week with the department and graduate faculty.
The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the 33 credit degree program: LNC 501 on linguistics, LNC 502 on interpretive strategies, and LNC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught in English, to allow students in all three languages to study and work together.
Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in the language of the student’s choice, either French, German or Spanish, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies, critical analyses, and cultural competencies.
Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.
To complete the master’s degree experience, students may choose up to 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, or courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in Foreign Languages curriculum. The elective courses may also include up to all 12 credits in the target language or a second foreign language.
Exit requirements for all students are also uniform, an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.
Here is a general listing of courses for the new 33 credit hour joint degree program of Master of Arts in Languages And Cultures at West Chester and Millersville, including delivery formats:
Required Core Courses for all students: LNC 501 Linguistics Studies, LNC 502 Interpretive Strategies, LNC 503 Cultural Studies