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To: Department Chairs, Program Heads, and Students—Please Distribute Widely!


Interested in graduate studies in French? Please consider UIC’s Master of Arts program. We offer a small, supportive academic community within the cultural wealth of Chicago

Faculty-student contact

Graduate students and faculty
celebrate the beginning of the year.

Our MA students work closely with their professors, with lots of face time and individual attentionThe faculty’s scholarly interests are diverse and passionate. Recent faculty honors include a Mellon Foundation fellowship, a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and multiple university teaching awards.

We are proud to be one of only a few departments in the United States where the faculty teaches exclusively in French at the graduate level. Recent graduate courses have been devoted to The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, The World According to Molière, Variations on the Human in 19th-Century France, The Algerian War and its Cultural Heritage in France, and Seduction from the Middle Ages to the Revolution.

Through close collaboration with our faculty, students develop a broad knowledge of French studies while honing their research skills.

Tuition waiver and stipend

Our graduate students at work.

The vast majority of our graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a stipend and a full tuition waiver. In addition to an intensive orientation and weekly strategy meetings, the Language and Culture Learning Center and a seminar on communicative pedagogy provide opportunities for TAs to learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques.


On-campus opportunities

The intellectual environment at UIC is dynamic and interdisciplinary. Particularly notable is UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, which sponsors a wonderful variety of lectures, colloquia, and seminars. Our MA students may also work with other programs, such as Gender and Women’s Studies and Moving Image Arts to enhance their learning experience. 

We organize exciting events every year: recent examples include roundtables with world-renowned authors Andreï Makine and Valère Novarina, a lecture by Rwandan filmmaker Joël Karekezi, a roundtable on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and a conference (cosponsored with the French Consulate) on Rousseau. The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics also sponsors an annual conference—featuring nationally known keynote speakers—at which both faculty and graduate students present their work in progress.

Connections to the world

Our program seeks to help students build bridges to people and places outside the UIC campus. We cultivate close ties to the renowned Newberry Library, and Chicago’s splendid Art Institute, Lyric Opera, Facets Multimedia, and vibrant theater life are all within easy reach. For students who wish to venture further afield, we facilitate access to a graduate-level exchange program with the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) in Paris.

Our graduates are regularly accepted into top Ph.D. programs, recently including:

Other graduates go on to teach in private and public schools, from the elementary to the post-secondary level, or apply their French studies to enriching their practice of law, architecture, or business. Our alumni are as diverse as they are accomplished.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you’d simply like to talk about our program. And be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. The deadline to apply for admission and teaching assistantships is February 1, 2017. Detailed application instructions and further information about the MA can be found here. My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from you!

With my best wishes,

Margaret Miner
Director of Graduate Studies in French