Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Mahmoud Amer
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
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West Chester and Millersville Universities launched 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 is offered 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-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 their chosen 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 in French on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) during the first semester. 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 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 online, to allow students in all languages to create a forum together.
Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in French, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies 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 also choose 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, courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in French curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in French or another program language at the graduate level.
Exit requirements for all students are uniform: the choice of 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 Contact for further information:
Dr. Anne-Marie Moscatelli, French, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mitchell Hall 237 (610-436-2383)
Here is a general listing of courses for the new 33 credit hour joint degree program of Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures (French) at West Chester and Millersville, including delivery formats (please note that MU courses have a four letter prefix):
Required Core Courses for all students:
3. Electives for the Professions: (12 credit hours)