The graduate program in French of the Division of Languages and Linguistics at the University of South Florida in Tampa offers prospective students solid academic and practical training in the language, literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world. The graduate with a Master's degree in French from the University of South Florida will be prepared for a number of professional possibilities including advanced academic study, business applications, and enhanced classroom teaching. In addition to perfecting language skills, the student will take several courses surveying the major periods and genres of French and Francophone literature, from medieval romances to Enlightenment essays, nineteenth-century novels to contemporary short stories from the international Francophone community. In this regard, the program has particular strengths in the study of Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa. The student may also take courses exploring the new areas of literary theory and philosophy pioneered by Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault.However, the study of French need not be solely literary or theoretical; the recent pivotal role played by France and Belgium in the development of the European Union underscores the centuries-old international presence of French in the spheres of business and politics. Accordingly, our program affords students the opportunity to improve their knowledge of commercial French, teaching French as a second language, and research methodologies.Furthermore, we believe that practical classroom experience is a vital preprofessional qualification that is critical in today's job market, and so each of our graduate students can expect to teach elementary French under the supervision of a professional classroom instructor.
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