Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Israel Sanz-Sanchez
Acting Chair January-June 2016
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

The Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures (in French, German or Spanish), our new joint program with Millersville University beginning Fall 2014

Come to our Graduate Open House at Sykes Ballroom on Saturday, October 11th, 10-noon


MALC Handbook

West Chester and Millersville Universities are launching a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in French, German or Spanish, in Fall 2014. This single degree program 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 11 courses of 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) in the program language they choose. 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 at the graduate level.

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.

Faculty Contacts for further information include:

Dr. Jerome Williams, Spanish,

Dr. Stacey Schlau, Spanish,

Dr. Rebecca Pauly, French,

Dr. Margarete Landwehr, German,

Dr. Susanne Nimmrichter, German,

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

General and Elective courses for all languages:

  1. Communication: (choose 2)

  2. West Chester courses:

    • FRE 503 Oral Proficiency
    • FRE 523 Translation Techniques (summer workshop)
    • FRE 540 Writing Children’s Stories (online)
    • SPA 510 Spanish Phonetics and Applied Linguistics (online)
    • SPA 512 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
    • SPA 513 Living in Two Languages

    Millersville Courses:

    • FREN 512 French Phonetics (online)
    • FREN 509 Applied Linguistics (online)
    • GERM 523 Stylistics and Composition
    • GERM 525 Advanced Oral Practice
    • GERM 531 Evolution of the German Language (hybrid)
    • SPAN 509 Applied Linguistics
    • SPAN 513 Advanced Phonetics
  3. Culture: (choose 2)

  4. West Chester courses:

    • FRE 504 Francophone Literature (online or hybrid)
    • FRE 510 French Theater
    • FRE 512 French Narrative
    • FRE 513 French Poetics
    • FRE 514 Contemporary France
    • FRE 515 Francophone Civilization (hybrid)
    • FRE 520 Topics: Quebec
    • FRE 521 Topics: Provence
    • FRE 550 French Film Studies (online or hybrid)
    • GER 501 Post-Wall German Literature and Film
    • GER 505 Survey of German Film
    • GER 508 Modern German Theater
    • GER 500 20th century German culture
    • SPA 514 The Hispanic World
    • SPA 535 The Nation and Its Discontents
    • SPA 540 Colonial Women
    • SPA 549 Spanish Art and Culture
    • SPA 541 Colonial Latin America
    • SPA 542 Shaping National Identity in Latin America
    • SPA 520 Spanish Literature to 1500
    • SPA 530 Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age
    • SPA 532 Early Modern Spanish Literature
    • SPA 533 Cervantes
    • SPA 536 Generation of 1898
    • SPA 537 Contemp. Spanish Lit. & Cultural Production
    • SPA 544 Latin American Theatre
    • SPA 547 Women, Politics, and Narrative in Latin Am.
    • SPA 549 Masterpieces and Movements in Spanish Literature
    • SPA 560 Hispanic Nobel Laureates (hybrid)

    Millersville courses:

    • FREN 589 French Canadian Modern Society
    • FREN 583 17th Century Literature (online)
    • GERM 585 19th Century German Literature (hybrid)
    • GERM 551 Geography of the German-speaking countries
    • SPAN 541 History of Spanish Civilization
    • SPAN 582 Spanish Renaissance Literature (Don Quixote)
    • SPAN 587 Spanish American Literature
  5. Electives for the Professions: (12 credit hours)

  6. West Chester courses:

    • FRE 501 French Business Culture (online)
    • SPA 556 Business Spanish
    • LAN 525 Internship (3-12 hours)

Electives for Teaching Professionals (12 credit hours)

West Chester courses:

  • FRE 521 AP Teaching Workshop
  • LAN 500 L2 Research
  • LAN 503 L2 Methodology
  • LAN 569 Teaching English Language Learners (online)

Elective Options for PA Graduate Certification in a language (12 credits):

(Any FOUR of the following required courses for certification offered in the College of Education at West Chester; graduate language methods courses available also at Millersville):
  • EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDT 500 Educational Technology
  • EDP 531 Assessment for Learning 7-12
  • EDP 550 Advanced Educational Pyschology
  • EDR 550 Literacy Development Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classroom
  • EDA 511 Inclusion and Collaboration
  • EDS 505 Graduate Methods and Field Experience
  • LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching