Graduate Studies

Master of Arts

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers Masters of Arts degrees in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

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M.A. in Chinese (Information for Applicants)

The Chinese Program at San Francisco State University offers a Masters Degree in Chinese with a curriculum encompassing classical and modern Chinese literature, Chinese linguistics, and Chinese language pedagogy. Additional elective courses are available in the areas of Chinese-English translation and interpretation, and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

 

M.A. in Chinese (Advancement to Candidacy)

Completion of the Master of Arts degree in Chinese requires 30 units of coursework (including required courses in literature, linguistics and language pedagogy plus additional electives) and the completion of a Culminating Experience consisting of written and oral examinations in two subjects.

M.A. in French (Information for Applicants)

The Master of Arts program in French at SFSU is primarily focused on the study of literature and culture, from the Middles Ages to the 20th century. Our objective is to offer interesting and challenging courses, based on original research and the specialized fields of the French faculty, to teach and inspire students to do graduate work while developing their knowledge of French and Francophone literature and culture.

M.A. in French (Advancement to Candidacy)

The M.A. Program in French at SFSU requires the completion of 30 units of course work in French Literature, culture or language, and offers two different culminating experience options: Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations, or a Master's Thesis and Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination.

M.A. in German

The graduate program in German offers students a challenging and enriching course of study that encompasses linguistics as well as literary and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present. Students acquire a rich interdisciplinary perspective and in-depth knowledge of the literatures of the German-speaking countries along with the critical skills for literary analysis.

M.A. in Italian

The Master of Arts in Italian program stresses the study of literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The history of Italian literature is taught through linguistic and thematic development in relation to larger European and extra-European contexts.

M.A. in Japanese

The Master of Arts in Japanese offers two emphases: Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and Professional Applications of the Language. The curriculum for the teaching emphasis prepares students for a career teaching Japanese at the college level. The Professional Applications emphasis helps students acquire competency in their specific occupational goals in areas such as business, government, arts, interpretion, translation and other professional fields.

M.A. in Spanish (Information for Applicants)

The Master of Arts Program in Spanish offers students a challenging and enriching course of studies that encompasses Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural studies, along with training in academic writing and linguistic and literary research methodologies. Over the course of their graduate studies in Spanish, students acquire in-depth knowledge of the literatures of the Spanish-speaking countries along with the critical skills for literary analysis. 

M.A. in Spanish (Advancement to Candidacy)

Students pursuing a Masters in Spanish must complete 30 units of graduate studies. At least 21 of these units must be at the graduate level. Up to 9 units of upper-division courses numbered 500 through 699 may be applied toward the Masters degree.

M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures [coming soon]

The Master of Arts Program in East Asian Languages and Literatures offers graduate-level training in the literatures, linguistics, and cultures of East Asia, as well as in their applications to professional spheres such as language acquisition, teaching pedagogy, and translation/interpretation. 

M.A. in Modern European Languages and Literatures [coming soon]

The M.A. in Modern European Languages and Literatures combines concentrated study of a single Romance or German Literature with in-depth training in Foreign Language Pedagogy and with interdisciplinary courses that compare Modern European literary and cultural traditions.