The Department of French & Italian offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French literature, with a balanced emphasis on all periods from medieval through twentieth century. Graduate study is supported through teaching assistantships offered to qualified candidates, who receive thorough training in language instruction. Excellent facilities, strong library holdings, and a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research assure students of a challenging and professional graduate preparation.
The Department of French and Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in French language, literature, and culture, as well as Francophone literature and culture from around the world. The program has approximately 75 undergraduate majors and 40 minors. In addition to first and second year courses in basics of grammar and conversation, advanced undergraduate courses in composition, literature, and culture are offered every semester. We offer a summer study abroad option in Paris, and a full semester study abroad program in Angers. Our summer and semester-long study abroad programs in Paris and Angers offer a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, and travel. We encourage applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to investigate French as a major or as a minor field.
The Department of French & Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Italian language, literature, and culture, leading to the BA in the Italian Option or to the Minor in Italian. The program has approximately 12 undergraduate majors and 20 minors. Italian offers courses in basic grammar, composition and conversation, literature and culture. The course sequence Italy and the Italians (ITAL 335-336) is also offered via ITV at the Edwards Campus in Kansas City. Our summer study abroad program in Florence offers a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, architecture, and travel. We encourage applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to enrich their time at KU through the study of Italian.
Overview and Prerequisites:
Non-degree seeking enrollment option for non-graduate pursuits:
If you completed a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and wish to take an upcoming course in the department ad hoc, please note that fluency in the French language will be necessary to succeed in graduate-level courses. Please detail your preparedness and motivation toward taking coursework in the Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies in your statement of purpose.
Non-degree seeking option for students who do not meet graduate program prerequisites:
Students who have studied in appropriate fields and/or gained appropriate in-country experience with language skills, but who lack sufficient prerequisites, may consider applying to KU Graduate Studies and the Department as non-degree-seeking (NDS) students in order to make up any gaps in academic study. After meeting the prerequisites with a 3.0 GPA or better, NDS students may apply for admission to the French graduate degree programs.
Consult with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies before beginning any remedial work.
*Completion of NDS coursework to fulfill prerequisites will not guarantee graduate program admission as graduate applications are considered holistically.