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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Graduate Studies in French

Graduate Studies in French at USC

MA in French |MAT in French | PhD in Comparative Literature | PhD in Linguistics

The French Program at the University of South Carolina trains students to teach and carry out research in French and various related fields. The expertise of the French faculty ranges from the literatures and cultures of the French Renaissance to those of present-day France and the Francophone world. Faculty in French possess expertise in applied linguistics, Atlantic and Caribbean studies, children's literature, cultural history, digital humanities, film studies, historical linguistics, linguistics, literary theory, sociolinguistics, theatre, translation studies, travel literature and women’s and gender studies.

Graduate programs lead to the MA in French and the MAT in French, the PhD in Comparative Literature with a concentration in French and the PhD in Linguistics with a concentration in French linguistics. Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships. Further financial support is available to qualified applicants to support study abroad in France and the Francophone world.

Financial Support

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers graduate teaching assistantships depending on teaching experience, plus full tuition abatement. Students who apply for admission to a graduate degree program will automatically be considered for these awards. Normally, students will be eligible for an assistantship in their first year of study. Renewal of the award is at the discretion of the graduate committee, but in general students in good standing can expect support for two years in the MA Program and four additional years in the PhD Program. All graduate teaching assistants undergo both theoretical and practical training in the teaching of French. Normally they teach in the beginning French language program. In addition to limited teaching duties, less experienced TAs are given assignments related to language teaching or extra-curricular language learning activities for undergraduates. Additional information on assistantships is to be found under Graduate Assistantships.

Detailed information on the application procedure is available at Admission Procedures.

For further information contact: Dr. Daniela Di Cecco, Graduate Advisor in French and Comparative Literature, dpdicecc@mailbox.sc.edu