Modern Languages at UTA

Graduate Studies


Programs


Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in French

The Program

The Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in French is a 36-hour degree, designed to enhance students' competence in the French language and knowledge of the literature and culture of the French-speaking world. Specific objectives are to prepare students for a career in teaching, or in any area in private or public life in which knowledge of a modern language is essential, and to help them develop the techniques of independent research necessary for work beyond the master's level. Students will take a minimum 9 hours in the core MODL courses, along with 27 hours in French courses or alternatively, a maximum of 12 hours in the core MODL courses and 24 hours in French courses.

REQUIRED COURSE

  • MODL 5304: Currents in European and Latin American Literatures and Thought

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as demonstrated by one of the following: the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level; MODL 5301: Modern Languages for Graduate Reading; or an appropriate examination.

PROGRAM COMPLETION

The M.A. in Modern Languages-French is a non-thesis degree and culminates in a comprehensive exam on the coursework and the appropriate reading list.


Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in Spanish

The Program

The Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in Spanish is a 36-hour degree, designed to enhance students' competence in the Spanish language and knowledge of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Specific objectives are to prepare students for a career in teaching, or in any area in private or public life in which knowledge of a modern language is essential, and to help them develop the techniques of independent research necessary for work beyond the master's level. Students will take a maximum of 6 hours in the core MODL courses, along with Spanish courses in linguistics, literature, culture, and translation studies.

REQUIRED COURSE

All students are required to take two of the following three courses:

  • SPAN 5300: History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 5302: Spanish Dialectology
  • SPAN 5303: Applied Spanish Linguistics

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as demonstrated by one of the following: the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level; MODL 5301: Modern Languages for Graduate Reading; or an appropriate examination.

PROGRAM COMPLETION

The M.A. in Modern Languages-Spanish is a non-thesis degree and culminates in a comprehensive exam on the coursework and the appropriate reading list.


Graduate Certificate in French or Spanish

The Program

Students who have earned an M.A. degree in a language from an accredited institution may seek admission into the Certificate Program in order to earn 18 graduate hours in the discipline to meet minimum SACS accreditation requirements for teaching at institutions of higher education in the State of Texas.

REQUIREMENTS

Students will be accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program only after showing proof of proficiency in French or Spanish through an already acquired degree in that language or by passing a proficiency exam.

Generally, a student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than French or Spanish may become an unconditionally admitted graduate student after fulfilling the upper-level requirements in the language:

  • 18 hours of upper-level French or Spanish or
  • A combination of coursework and testing

All students who are accepted into the Certificate Program, regardless of the language of concentration, will be required to take 18 graduate hours in the language. Students in the Certificate Program will not be permitted to take courses with an MODL prefix.


Fast Track Program in Modern Languages

The Program

The Fast Track Program allows outstanding undergraduate students in French or Spanish at UT Arlington to take up to three graduate seminars in Spanish or French that will earn credit toward both the Bachelor's degree and the Master's degree in Modern Languages. It is designed to encourage high standards of performance, to facilitate the transition from undergraduate to graduate study, and to reduce time needed to complete the M.A.

REQUIREMENTS

Interested undergraduate students should apply for the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing the Bachelor's degree. To qualify, students must have completed at least 30 hours at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 in all courses and 3.25 in the last 30 hours. Before entering the Fast Track, students must also have completed the required core courses in the French or Spanish major with a GPA of at least 3.50. Additionally, they must have already completed at least two additional 3000/4000-level courses in either French or Spanish, excluding International Business, interpreting, and/or translation courses, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who successfully complete the Fast Track Program will be admitted automatically to the Graduate School to continue their graduate work in the Modern Languages M.A. Program once the Bachelor's degree is awarded. They will not be required to take the GRE, complete an additional application for admission to the Graduate School, supply letters of recommendation, or pay an application fee. An undergraduate student completing the maximum of nine graduate hours would be admitted to the Modern Languages M.A. Program with only nine additional courses and a comprehensive written examination remaining to complete the requirements for the M.A. in Modern Languages, non-thesis option.

To remain in the Fast Track Program, students must receive no grade lower than B in any graduate seminars taken as an undergraduate, selected with the advice and approval of the Modern Languages Graduate Advisor. Undergraduate students who do not maintain grades of B or better in the graduate courses taken will be unable to continue in the Fast Track Program but, if the courses are completed with a passing grade, will still receive credit toward their undergraduate degree requirements. Students originally denied entry into the Fast Track Program, discontinued after provisional admission, subsequently dropped or opting out are still welcome to apply to the Modern Languages M.A. Program in the usual way and will be considered without prejudice.

To obtain more details about this program, contact the Modern Languages Graduate Advisor. You may download an application form here.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships


The Department of Modern Languages has graduate teaching assistantships available for graduate students in French and Spanish. You may apply to the GTA program if you are accepted unconditionally into the MODL Master’s program. Under some circumstances, a student admitted on a probationary basis may also be eligible to apply. Students accepted into the Certificate Program or admitted under a "Special" status are NOT eligible for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Below is information about MODL options:

  • GTA I

    The Department of Modern Languages provides teaching assistantships for students who have not completed 18 graduate hours. Normally, a GTA I assists in two courses each semester, for a stipend. GTA I’s are eligible for in-state tuition.

  • GTA II

    Once a GTA has accrued 18 graduate hours, he/she can become a Graduate Teaching Assistant II. GTA II’s are the instructor of record for the courses they teach and receive a larger stipend. GTA II’s are also eligible for in-state tuition.

For more information

If you are interested in this two-tier teaching apprenticeship during your studies in the MODL M.A. program, please contact Alicia Soueid soueid@uta.edu for French or Catherine Ortiz cortiz@uta.edu for Spanish.

How to Apply

Please download and complete the GTA application form. You can return the completed form to Hammond Hall 230, or send to:

The Department of Modern Languages
The University of Texas at Arlington
Box 19557
Arlington, TX 76019-0557

Fax: 817.272.5408