Global French Studies
The M.A. in Global French Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that combines advanced language skills in French with a sophisticated theoretical appraisal of the category of the global. Students are encouraged to reflect on how various kinds of texts in French—literary, historical, philosophical or political—can be read in a global context with an eye to their cultural and linguistic specificity. The program engages critically with recent trends in French Studies and across the disciplines, giving students the tools to evaluate categories and methodologies such as Francophonie, World Literature, Distant Reading, and Global History. Students take small, seminar-style courses at Columbia’s Global Center for Europe at Reid Hall in Paris, with Columbia faculty and distinguished faculty from local institutions in Paris. They choose their remaining electives, based on their individual research interests, from a wide variety of course offerings at the program’s partner institutions: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Sciences Po, Paris I, Paris IV and Paris VII. The Associate Director of the program, Christine Valero, provides expert advice to students to help them choose the best courses at these institutions to suit their research interests. Distinguished faculty sponsors, selected for their expertise in students’ areas of research, assist students in crafting original research projects for their M.A. essays, which can be written in French or English. Students also receive advanced-level training in oral and written French and tutorial support to enhance their courses in the French university system.
The program is completed in a calendar year during consecutive fall, spring and summer terms. Classes are held in the fall and spring semesters; the latter ends at the end of June. July and August are reserved for research, travel and completion of the Master’s essay, which can be written in English or French.
Partial fellowships are available to highly qualified applicants.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999