Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Main Departmental Office
Language Building, 101
P.O. Box 311127
Denton, TX 76203-1127
(940) 565-2404

Web site:

Jerry C. Nash, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Beck, Beckman, Damico, Denton, Hyde, Johansen, Koop, Marrero, Nahrgang, Nash, New, Olsen, Oxford, Sirvent.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers graduate programs in the following areas:

Graduate students have the opportunity to use the target language in their courses at UNT and can participate in the Study Abroad Program. French majors, through the French Co-op Program, have the opportunity to spend a year in France with a teaching position in English in Le Havre, Paris or Tours. Summer study programs are also available at the Universities of Caen and Nice.

French Summer Institute (summer MA program)

Following the immersion principle, every June the French Summer Institute offers two graduate courses over a four-week period divided into two two-week sessions. This program enables graduate students to earn an MA in French over four summers of course work supplemented by additional courses taken during the fall or spring semester, transfer credits and/or study in France. All students may combine courses taken during the fall and spring semesters with courses taken during the French Summer Institute. Advanced undergraduate students may register for the French Summer Institute and receive credits at the 4000 level.


Research conducted by departmental faculty members in Spanish literature includes studies in Spanish poetry, contemporary Spanish-American literature and Spanish literature of the Golden Age. Spanish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries is another area of interest. Faculty in the field of French literature specialize in the works of the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries. Research in German literature includes German and comparative literature of the Baroque and German literature of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Research also is conducted on Latin literary evidence in the Roman social and political ethos.

Admission Requirements

A student must have completed at least 12 semester hours of advanced work in the field concerned to enroll in courses numbered 5000 or higher. The applicant must make a minimum score of 800 on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Undergraduate students anticipating entrance into graduate work in French or Spanish should take the GRE in the final semester of their senior year. In the event that the examination has not been taken before application is made, the student should take it no later than the following administration.

The applicant must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second foreign language. Completion of a course in the second language at the 2050 level or higher, with a grade of at least B, will be regarded as proof of adequate reading ability.

The applicant has the choice of the following programs: (a) 30 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis; at least 18 hours of course work must be completed in the major; a minor of 6 hours is permitted; or (b) 36 hours of course work, without thesis; at least 30 hours must be earned in the major; a minor of 6 hours is permitted.

A master's degree candidate in French or Spanish must take a written comprehensive examination in the major field.

Courses of Instruction

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