Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Department Chairperson
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Come try out our Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in French, our program with Millersville University. Contact us for information: Anne-Marie Moscatelli



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MALC Handbook

All WCU students willing to enroll in this course at MU need to fill out a Visiting Scholar transfer form.

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,; 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:

  • LNC/LANC 501 Linguistics Studies
  • LNC/LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies
  • LNC/LANC 503 Cultural Studies

General and Elective courses for all languages:

  1. Communication: (choose 2)
  2. West Chester courses:

    • FRE 503 Oral Proficiency
    • FRE 505 Writing Stylistics
    • FRE 523 Translation Techniques (summer workshop)
    • FRE 540 Writing Children’s Stories (online)

    Millersville Courses:

    • FREN 512 French Phonetics (online)
    • FREN 509 Applied Linguistics (online)


  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)

    Millersville courses:

    • FREN 589 French Canadian Modern Society
    • FREN 583 17th Century Literature (online)                                                                               


      3. Electives for the Professions: (12 credit hours)

    West Chester courses:

    • FRE 501 French Business Culture (online)
    • 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