Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in either French or Spanish. The department offers graduate students the opportunity to take classes from experts in the fields of pedagogy, linguistics, culture, and literature. Our alumni have gone on to personally and professionally rewarding positions in education, business, social and health services, and academia.
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Students may choose either Theoretical and Applied Linguistics or Literary and Cultural Studies as their area of emphasis. In addition to coursework, students do either a thesis or comprehensive exams.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
- GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work and an undergraduate major in the intended language (French, Spanish). However, promising students may be admitted with the stipulation that they take "deficiency" courses (these will not apply to the 33 credits necessary for the M.A. degree).
The following supplementary materials are to be uploaded with your University online application:
- Note which language you would like to study: French or Spanish.
- Personal statement (written in English or the target language), in which you describe your background in language and culture, your academic experience, your goals, and reasons for seeking to pursue graduate study.
- Photocopy of a graded paper in the target language written for an advanced undergraduate course in Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literary Studies, or Cultural Studies. If you cannot provide a graded paper, please contact the department's Graduate Coordinator for alternatives.
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters should address your academic training, language ability, and potential to succeed at graduate study; at least one should preferably be written by a professor or instructor familiar with your academic work. Letters must be on letterhead and uploaded directly by the evaluators.
- Fall (August) Term — February 1
- Spring (January) Term — October 1
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.