2017-18 Academic Catalog

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Head: Dr. Peter L. Corrigan
Graduate Coordinator : Dr. Brian Davisson

1502 Lee Hall
Box FL
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-3480
E-mail: bdavisson@cmll.msstate.edu

Graduate study is offered in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures leading to the degree of Master of Arts. Areas of study are French, German, and Spanish.

Admission Criteria

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the M.A. program in Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures.  International students are required to have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 525 PBT (70 iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) score of 6 or better for consideration.  In order to be considered for an assistantship, applicants must submit all materials, including the Application for Graduate Assistantship, by April 1.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis.  The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Performance

Continuous enrollment in the University or in a specific graduate program is dependent upon a satisfactory evaluation of academic performance and progress toward the completion of a specified degree.  A student’s progress is considered satisfactory unless judged to be unsatisfactory by the department and/or the dean of the college offering the program. Unsatisfactory performance may be defined as the failure to maintain a B average in graduate courses attempted after admission to the program, a grade of U, D, or F in any course, more than two grades below a B, failure of the preliminary/comprehensive examination, an unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or dissertation, failure of the research defense, or any other failure of a required component of one’s program of study.  Any one of these, or any combination of these, may constitute the basis for the termination of a student’s graduate study in a degree program; individual programs have the right to establish their own criteria.

To be eligible for the preliminary/comprehensive examination, a graduate student must maintain an overall B average in all graduate courses attempted after admission to the program.

Graduate teaching assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, are available.  In order to be considered for an assistantship, applicants must submit all materials, including the Application for Graduate Assistantship, by April 1.  For additional information, contact the Graduate Coordinator.

Program of Study/Completion Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.  A minimum of 21 graduate-level semester hours taught in one target language must be taken for the thesis or non-thesis M.A.; options, except for students pursuing study in two languages.  Students may pursue study in two languages by taking a minimum of 18 hours in each language.

For the thesis option, a minimum of 12 hours must be taken at the 8000-level. For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 15 hours must be at the 8000-level.  Up to 6 credit hours of Directed Individual Study credits (FL 7000) may be counted toward the 8000-level requirement.  Also required for the degree is a comprehensive written and oral examination based upon all coursework taken and a departmental graduate reading list.  Thesis students will also defend their thesis during the comprehensive oral examination. 

Master of Arts in Foreign Language - Thesis

FL XXXXGraduate language courses in chosen area of study 121
Additional graduate-level coursework3
Research/thesis 26
Total Hours30
1

Students are encouraged to take FL 8113 Capstone Seminar, FL 6023 Introduction to Literary Criticism, and/or FL 8693 Advanced Foreign Language Pedagogy.

2

Requires an oral defense of the thesis, given during the comprehensive oral examination.

Note:  If  students pursue study in two languages, they are are required to have a minimum of 18 hours at the graduate level in each language, for a total of 36 hours.

Master of Arts - Non-Thesis

FL XXXX Graduate-level courses in chosen area of study 21
FL XXXX or additional graduate-level coursework 112
Total Hours33
1

 Students are encouraged to continue taking coursework in their area of study. Students are encouraged to take FL 8113 Capstone Seminar, FL 6023 Introduction to Literary Criticism and/or FL 8693 Advanced Foreign Language Pedagogy. Students are also encouraged to work in a minor field such as (but not limited to) History, Education, and Teaching of English as a Second Language. 

Note:  If students pursue study in two languages, they are required to have a minimum of 18 hours at the graduate level in each language, for a total of 36 hours.

Foreign Language

FL 6023 Introduction to Literary Criticism: 3 hours.

FL 6143 Classical Mythology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Myths and legends of Greece and Rome and their use in literature and the arts through the ages. (Same as REL 4143/6143)

FL 6990 Special Topics in Foreign Languages: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FL 7000 Directed Individual Study in Foreign Languages: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FL 8113 Capstone Seminar: 3 hours.

Graduate seminar on selected topics in classical and modern literatures

FL 8693 Advanced Foreign Language Pedagogy: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Field-based. Advanced examination of effective practices for teaching and evaluating college level foreign language students. Same as EDS 8693

FL 8990 Special Topics in Foreign Languages: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

French

FLF 6053 19th Century Studies: Baudelaire Seminar: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLF 3124 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A close study of Baudelaire's literary and critical work

FLF 6083 Survey of French Lyric Poetry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: 3513). Three hours lecture. Reading and interpretation of masterpieces. Discussion of literary currents and personalities of the century

FLF 6103 French Novel and Short Story of the 20th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLF 3523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Reading and critical evaluation of modern French novels and short stories of various literary schools

FLF 6163 Francophone Literature: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite FLF 2143 or graduate standing). Three hours lecture. A survey of important authors and literary movements from around the French-speaking world outside of mainland France

FLF 6173 Introduction to Francophone Cinema: 3 hours.

(Prerequisiste:FLF 3124 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of landmark Francophone films, their regions and cultures

FLF 6183 Francophone Theater: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite FLF 2143 or graduate standing). Three hours lecture. An in-depth exploration of Francophone theater from many different playwrights from many different regions of the Francophone world

FLF 6193 18th Century French Literature: 3 hours.

(Prerequisiste:FLF 2143 or the equivalent). Three hours lecture. An introduction to French Literature and essential literary movements from the 18th century

FLF 6213 Hist Fr Grammar: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FLF 3114 and 3124 or consent of instructor). A history of the French language from the Strasbourg Oaths to Montaigne

FLF 6223 French Novel Before 1945: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLF 2143 or the equivalent). Three hours lecture. A course dedicated to the major French novelists for the first half of the twentieth-century and the literary movements that they represent

FLF 6233 Modern French Poetry: 3 hours.

FLF 6273 The Human Condition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLF 2143 or the equivalent). Three hours lecture. A course emphasizing the concepts of the "Human Condition" as conceptualized by seminal French writers and thinkers

FLF 6323 Studies in the 20th Century: Le Clezio Seminar: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLF 2143 or the equivalent). Three hours lecture. A profound exploration of the diverse literary repertoire of one of France's greatest comtemporary authors, J.M.G.Le Clezio

FLF 6333 19th Century Studies: Decadents, Dandies, and Bohemians: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLF 3124 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of three subcultures of modernity in the 19th century France

FLF 6990 Special Topics in French: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLF 7000 Directed Individual Study in French: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLF 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in French: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLF 8063 Seminar in 19th Century French Drama: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLF 8073 Seminar in French Drama of the 20th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLF 8093 Seminar in the French Novel of the 19th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate Standing)

FLF 8103 Seminar in the French Novel of the 20th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLF 8113 Seminar in French Classical and Neo-Classical Comedy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLF 8123 Seminar in the French Novel and Short Story of the Renaissance and Classical Period: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLF 8163 Seminar in Francophone Literature: 3 hours.

A close reading of seminal writers and thinkers from outside of mainland France

FLF 8183 Seminar in Francophone Theater: 3 hours.

A close reading of Francophone playwrights and the works of contemporary theater theorists

FLF 8990 Special Topics in French: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing). Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

German

FLG 6143 Verwandlungen: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLG 2143 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A study of the theme of "metamorphosis" in various literary genres of the German-speaking countries

FLG 6163 History of the German Language: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLG 3124). Three hours lecture. The relationship of High German to the parent Indo-European and to the remaining Germanic dialects; linguistic development from the earliest times to the present

FLG 6303 German Film: 3 hours.

(Prerequisiste: FLG 2143 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Study of films from the German-speaking countries from the early twentieth century to today

FLG 6353 German Novella: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLG 2143 or equivalent).Three hours lecture. Study of novellas written in German

FLG 6463 German Drama of the 20th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLG 3513). Three hours lecture. Reading of works of outstanding writers and discussion of literary currents of the century

FLG 6493 Mysteries in Literature and Film: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLG 2143 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A study of the genre of mysteries in German-language literature and film

FLG 6503 German Literature to 1750: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLG 2143 or equivalent).Three hours lecture. German literature from it origins to Storm and Stress

FLG 6523 German Literature from 1750 to Present: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLG 2143 or eequivalent).Three hours lecture. A survey of German literature from the Enlightment to the present

FLG 6533 Art, Politics, and Propaganda: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLG 2143 or equivalent or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of the inter-connections of German aesthetics, artistic movements, and political theory from the age of Enlightenment through the 20th Century

FLG 6990 Special Topics in German: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLG 7000 Directed Individual Study in German: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLG 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in German: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLG 8443 Eighteenth-Century German Drama: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. A study of dramas from the Enlightenment, Sensibility, and Storm-and-Stress periods

FLG 8483 Twentieth-Century German Short Story: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. A study of twentieth-century short prose fiction in German

FLG 8990 Special Topics in German: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Greek

FLH 6990 Special Topics in Greek: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLH 8990 Special Topics in Greek: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Japanese

FLJ 6990 Special Topics in Japanese: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLJ 7000 Directed Individual Study in Japanese: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLJ 8990 Special Topics in Japanese: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Latin

FLL 6990 Special Topics in Latin: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLL 7000 Directed Individual Study in Latin: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLL 8990 Special Topics in Latin: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Russian

FLR 6990 Special Topics in Russian: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLR 8990 Special Topics in Russian: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Spanish

FLS 6213 Modern Spanish Women Writers: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLS 3113, FLS 3223 or equivalent, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An introduction to modern Spanish women writers

FLS 6223 Spanish Novel of the Golden Age: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3513). Three hours lecture. A study of the picaresque novel and the short novel of the Golden Age

FLS 6243 Modern Spanish Essay: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLS 3113,FLS 3233 or equivalent, or consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. An introduction to modern Spanish Essay

FLS 6273 Modern Spanish Drama: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLS 3113,FLS 3223 or equivalent, or consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. An introduction to modern Spanish drama

FLS 6283 The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel and Short Story: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of major contemporary Spanish-American novels and short stories

FLS 6293 Cinema in the Context of Spanish Culture: 3 hours.

(Prerequiste:FLS 3113,FLS 3223 or equivalent, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An introduction to Spanish cinema

FLS 6323 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3513). Three hours lecture. A study of dramatic works of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderon, and minor dramatic writers of the 17th century

FLS 6453 Spanish Culture, 1898-1936: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3113 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A study of the literary and cultural production of early 20th century Spain, including literary works, visual art, architecture, music, and film from the loss of empire until the Civil War

FLS 6543 Survey of Modern Spanish-American Literature: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:FLS 3223 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A survey of Spanish-American Literature from Modernism to the present

FLS 6633 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FLS 3233 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture . Introduction to linguistic analyses and their application to the syntactic, morphological,semantic, phonological, historical, and sociolinguistic aspects of the Spanish language

FLS 6643 Spanish Phonology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3233 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to the articulatory classification of Spanish sounds. Discussion of the mental organization of these sounds, and the processes which transform them during speech

FLS 6843 Literary Masterpieces by an Emblematic Hispanic Author: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FLS 3113) Three hours lecture. A study of the major works by an influential and emblematic Hispanic author

FLS 6990 Special Topics in Spanish: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

FLS 7000 Directed Individual Study in Spanish: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLS 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Spanish: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FLS 8223 Seminar in the Picaresque Novel: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLS 8253 Avant-Garde Literature: 3 hours.

A study of avant-garde Spanish and Latin American literature in the 20th century

FLS 8263 Seminar in the Novel of the 20th Century: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing)

FLS 8283 The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel and Short Story: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. A study of major contemporary Spanish-American novels and short stories

FLS 8990 Special Topics in Spanish: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

Special Graduate Courses

FL 6023Introduction to Literary Criticism3
FL 6143Classical Mythology3
FL 6990Special Topics in Foreign Languages1-9
FL 7000Directed Individual Study in Foreign Languages1-6
FL 8113Capstone Seminar3
FL 8990Special Topics in Foreign Languages1-9