May 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


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Languages, Literatures and Culture MA (MA-LLC)

Telephone: (302) 831-2592
http://www.dllc.udel.edu/graduate/
Faculty Listing: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/faculty/

Program Overview

The purpose of the MA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is to provide students with the opportunity for professional growth in the areas of language proficiency, in-depth understanding of literature, civilization and culture, as well as research and teaching skills.

This flexible Master’s Degree program has three options:

  • a single-major plan (30 credits)
  • a major-minor plan (36 credits) and
  • a double-major plan (42 credits)

Students who complete this program find that the additional exposure to the language and the literature prepares them for positions requiring target language fluency and general familiarity with the target culture, such as teaching, international business, and government. The program also prepares students for study at the PhD level in foreign literature or (especially in the case of those who elect the double major or major/minor option) in comparative literature.

Major fields are French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Minor fields are French, German, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Russian, Women and Gender Studies, Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy, and related disciplines.

Application for Admission

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier. The Department observes a policy of rolling admissions, but for funding, applications should be received by February 1, as the initial round of funding decisions will be made in mid-February. Students who miss the February 1 deadline may still be considered for any teaching assistantships or graduate scholarships not assigned in February.

Financial Aid

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has two principal types of awards: graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships. Graduate assistants may be assigned to the classroom as teaching assistants, to the Language Resource Center, to the Language Proficiency Center, or to individual faculty to serve as research assistants. In their first year, graduate students who teach are usually employed as team-teachers of elementary or intermediate foreign language courses, working with experienced instructors.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Graduate students in French and Spanish may apply to spend a year abroad in Caen, France, or a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Graduate students in German may apply for the International Summer Program at the Fachhochschule Fulda. These programs are competitive.

Requirements for Admission

The requirements for admission are:

B.A. or equivalent in the target language/literature, or in another appropriate discipline.

  1. Minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.9 overall, and 3.25 in the proposed MA major subject.
  2. TOEFL for international students (paper-based: minimum of 550 minimum for admission, 600 for teaching assistantship; computer-based: minimum of 213 for admission, 250 for teaching assistantship; internet-based iBT: minimum of 79 for admission, 100 for teaching assistantship).
  3. ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview, administered by Language Testing International) for non-native speakers of the target language (Spanish, French, Italian, or German). A minimum score of Advanced Low is required of all candidates applying for a teaching assistantship.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who know you well and can comment on your academic performance in the target language (either French, Spanish, Italian, or German), as well as on your current target language proficiency (if you are a non-native speaker of that language). If you have been away from the academic world for several years, a letter from an employer may be substituted for one academic letter.
  5. Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language (this may be a paper written for an undergraduate class). In addition, candidates applying for a teaching assistantship may have a brief personal or telephone interview conducted in English and the target language.
  6. All documents (letters of recommendation and transcripts) in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

 

Admission to the MA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet one or more requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Pedagogy MA (MA-LLCP)

Telephone: (302) 831-2592
http://www.dllc.udel.edu/graduate/
Faculty Listing: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/faculty/

Program Overview

The purpose of the MA in Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Pedagogy is to provide students with the opportunity for professional growth in the areas of language proficiency, in-depth understanding of literature, civilization, and culture, as well as research and teaching skills. The degree affords students the opportunity to continue their foreign language study at the graduate level with the option of working toward teacher certification.

This flexible Master’s Degree program has three options:

  • a single-major plan (30 credits)
  • a major-minor plan (36 credits)
  • a double-major plan (42 credits)

The MA in Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Pedagogy can provide students with all the courses required for a teaching certificate in French, Spanish, or German, except for student teaching, which is an undergraduate course of 9 credit hours. Students already certified can take as many as 15 credit hours in foreign language pedagogy courses or closely related fields. All students take at least half their courses in the foreign language and literature of their major field (French, German, or Spanish). This program also prepares students for study at the Ph.D. level in the field of Applied Linguistics. Students seeking teacher certification must take 33 credits. All other students must take 30 credits.

Major fields are French, German, and Spanish.

Minor fields are French, German, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Russian, Women and Gender Studies, Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy, and related disciplines.

Application for Admission

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier. The Department observes a policy of rolling admissions, but for funding, applications should be received by February 1, as the initial round of funding decisions will be made in mid-February. Students who miss the February 1 deadline may still be considered for any teaching assistantships or graduate scholarships not assigned in February.

Financial Aid

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has two principal types of awards: graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships. Graduate assistants may be assigned to the classroom as teaching assistants, to the Language Resource Center, to the Language Proficiency Center, or to individual faculty to serve as research assistants. In their first year, graduate students who teach are usually employed as team-teachers of elementary or intermediate foreign language courses, working with experienced instructors.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Graduate students in French and Spanish may apply to spend a year abroad in Caen, France, or a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Graduate students in German may apply for the International Summer Program at the Fachhochschule Fulda. These programs are competitive.

Requirements for Admission

The requirements for admission are:

  1. B.A. or equivalent in the target language/literature, or in another appropriate discipline.
  2. Minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.9 overall, and 3.25 in the proposed MA major subject.
  3. TOEFL for international students (paper-based: minimum of 550 minimum for admission, 600 for teaching assistantship; computer-based: minimum of 213 for admission, 250 for teaching assistantship; internet-based iBT: minimum of 79 for admission, 100 for teaching assistantship).
  4. ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview, administered by Language Testing International) for non-native speakers of the target language (Spanish, French, or German). A minimum score of Advanced Low is required of all candidates applying for a teaching assistantship and/or intending to seek teacher certification through our program.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who know you well and can comment on your academic performance in the target language (either French, Spanish, or German), as well as on your current target language proficiency (if you are a non-native speaker of that language). If you have been away from the academic world for several years, a letter from an employer may be substituted for one academic letter.
  6. Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language, either French, Spanish, or German. This may be a paper written for an undergraduate class. In addition, candidates applying for a teaching assistantship may have a brief personal or telephone interview conducted in English and the target language.
  7. All documents (letters of recommendation and transcripts) in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

 

Admission to the MA in Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Pedagogy is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet one or more requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Italian Studies (MA)

Program Overview:

The purpose of this degree is to offer students expanded opportunities for career growth in a wide range of fields. The program allows students to complete a master’s degree in Italian Studies in three semesters while attaining effective written communication skills in Italian, learning to think critically and engaging in interdisciplinary study. The program requires a thesis, completed in the third semester, which allows students to gain research experience with faculty scholars in a particular field of interest.

Application for Admission

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. BA, BS or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.
  2. Students must show that they have earned a score of Advanced Low on the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview).
  3. A GPA equivalent to at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in all prior undergraduate college-level course work.
  4. Primary criteria: Candidates for admission must submit 3 letters of recommendation, which comment explicitly on the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a personal statement (in English) describing interests, intellectual goals, past study abroad experience, and how this program would meet their goals and objectives. Statement must include 1-2 pp thesis proposal. A resume and a 5-page writing sample (research paper) in the target language, are required.
  5. All documents (letters of recommendation and transcripts) in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

Requirements for the degree:

30 credits are required for the Master of Arts in Italian Studies. Please refer to the department website for further information.

 

4+1 MA in Italian Studies

 

Program Overview:

The purpose of this degree is to offer students expanded opportunities for career growth in a wide ranges of fields. The program allows students to start a master’s degree in Italian Studies in their senior year. The required coursework and thesis helps students attain effective written communication skills in Italian and learn to think critically and engage in interdisciplinary study. The thesis allows students to gain research experience with faculty scholars in a particular field of interest.

Application for Admission

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Languages recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier.

4+1 MA in Italian Studies Admission Requirements

Specific Requirements for Admission:

  1. Students must be enrolled at the University of Delaware in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures pursuing an undergraduate major in Italian Studies or in Three Languages with Italian as their primary language.
  2. Italian majors may apply for admission  after completing 60 or more credits. Admission decisions will be based on GPA, language proficiency, letters of recommendation, clarity of purpose, and a personal interview. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. 4+1 BS ECE/MA is a competitive application process. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. No one element of the application will exclude or ensure admission.
  3. Primary criteria: 

    A program GPA of 3.25 or higher in Italian Studies

    An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Completion of 60 credit hours.

    Completion of Online Application Form to the 4+1 program before fall of      senior year, but preferably before spring of junior year.  Accompanying documentation:

    Unofficial Transcript

    Language Proficiency Certification (Intermediate-Mid or higher)

    Recommendation from major advisor

    Graduate application essay

    Interview with 4+1 program advisor

    Completion of the following undergraduate course prerequisites with a grade of B- or higher: ITAL 455

  4.  Candidates for admission must submit 3 letters of recommendation, at least two from UD Italian faculty, which comment explicitly on the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a personal statement (in English) describing interests, intellectual goals, past study abroad experience, and how this program would meet their goals and objectives. Statement must include 1-2 pp thesis proposal (which must be approved by advisor) and identify a primary and secondary thesis advisor. A resume and a 5-page writing sample (research paper) in the target language are required.
  5. Admission to the 4+1 program is competitive. Students are admitted with provisional status until completion of the senior year and 124 credits, whereupon they are grantd regular status as graduate students.

Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MA-CE/LLC)

Telephone: (302) 831-2592
http://www.dllc.udel.edu/m-a-in-childhood-foreign-language-education/
Faculty Listing: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/faculty/

Program Overview

The purpose of the MA in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to teach effectively in the dual language immersion classroom. This interdisciplinary program provides the opportunity for professional growth in the areas of linguistic and cultural proficiency, as well as teaching methodology. There is a part-time option for in-service teachers, and a 4+1 option for UD majors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Teacher Education.

Application for Admission

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier. Prospective 4+1 participants apply to the program after completing 60 or more credits (normally, in the fall of their junior year).

Study Abroad Opportunities

The program requires 6 credits earned on an approved graduate study abroad program, with all coursework completed in the target language.

Requirements for Admission

For non-4+1 candidates, the requirements for admission are:

  1. BA, BS or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.
  2. Early Childhood or Elementary Teacher certification.
  3. Minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.9 overall, and 3.25 in the major subject.
  4. GRE General Test. Official GRE scores should be submitted at the beginning of the application process. The analytical writing test is required as a part of the GRE. A minimum of 158 (570 on the pre-2011 scoring scale) on the verbal reasoning section is normally required.
  5. TOEFL for international students paper-based: minimum of 550 for admission; internet-based iBT: minimum of 79 for admission; The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is another option. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.
  6. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or supervisors who know the candidate well.
  7. Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language (this may be a paper written for an undergraduate class).
  8. Documented oral proficiency in the target language (Minimum: Intermediate-Mid on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) OR 43 points on the Versant oral proficiency test).

For 4+1 candidates, the admission requirements are:

  1. Good standing in the University of Delaware’s major in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Teacher Education.
  2. Undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.5 or better. Support from the applicant’s academic advisor is required.
  3. The GRE and TOEFL are waived for 4+1 applicants.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a professor, advisor or supervisor who knows the candidate well.
  5. Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language (this may be a paper written for an undergraduate class).
  6. Documented oral proficiency in the target language (Minimum: Intermediate-Mid on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) OR 43 points on the Versant oral proficiency test).

Admission to the MA in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet one or more requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

4+1 BS Early Childhood Education /MA in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Telephone: (302) 831-2592
http://www.udel.edu/fllt/ECE/index.html
Faculty Listing: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/faculty/

School of Education Programs
Telephone: (302) 831-8695
http://www.education.udel.edu

Overview

The four-year curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education contains required graduate courses that prepare the student for the Master of Arts in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. This interdisciplinary degree trains candidates to teach in the dual-language immersion classroom. With this 4+1 plan and the proper scheduling of graduate HDFS courses, students may enter immediately into the MA program in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, full-time with the possibility of completion within one year.

Qualification for the 4+1 Program

Undergraduates in the University of Delaware HDFS major may apply for admission to the 4+1 program after completing 60 or more credits. Admission decisions will be based on GPA, work experiences, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, maturity, and a personal interview. There is also a proficiency requirement in the target foreign language (Minimum: Intermediate-Mid on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, or 43 points on the Versant Language Assessment).

It is generally expected that students will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and a major GPA of 3.25 or better, and they will have an academic advisor who will strongly support their application to the program. Admission is competitive, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission, nor does the failure to meet a requirement result in an automatic rejection. Provisional admittance will be granted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, the provisional status would be removed.

Procedures

Students in the 4+1 program will complete all requirements for the undergraduate major in Early Childhood Education. However, the four-year curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, when taken as part of the 4+1 program, contains required graduate courses that prepare the student for completion of the Master of Arts curriculum. With this 4+1 plan and the proper scheduling of courses as an undergraduate, students may enter immediately into the MA program full-time with the possibility of completion within one year.

UD Early Childhood Education undergraduate majors who are provisionally granted admission to the 4+1 BS/MA program in Childhood Foreign Language Education and subsequently admitted to the 4+1 program may waive the requirement to take a) HDFS 406 Supporting Literacy in Early Childhood Education (3 credits) by completing HDFS 606 - Early Child Literacy Skill Dev (3cr.)  (3 credits). They will also replace a focused elective at the 400-level (3 credits) with HDFS 621 - Family Studies I: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives (3cr.) . Content of the courses waived in the undergraduate program is addressed in greater depth and placed in the larger scholarly context in the corresponding graduate courses. For any undergraduate course requirement to be waived, the student needs to earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the corresponding HDFS graduate course.

4+1 BSED Elementary Teacher Education /MA in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Telephone: (302) 831-2592
http://www.udel.edu/fllt/ETE/index.html
Faculty Listing: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/faculty/

School of Education Programs
Telephone: (302) 831-8695
http://www.education.udel.edu

Overview

The four-year curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Education contains required graduate courses that prepare students in the Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) major for the Master of Arts in Childhood Education in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. This interdisciplinary degree trains candidates to teach in the dual-language immersion classroom. With this 4+1 plan and the proper scheduling of graduate EDUC courses, students may enter immediately into the MA program in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures full-time with the possibility of completion within one year.

Qualification for the 4+1 Program

Undergraduates in the University of Delaware ETE major may apply for admission to the 4+1 program after completing 60 or more credits. Admission decisions will be based on GPA, work experiences, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, maturity, and a personal interview. There is also a proficiency requirement in the target foreign language (Minimum: Intermediate-Mid on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, or 43 points on the Versant Language Assessment).

It is generally expected that students will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and a major GPA of 3.25 or better, and they will have an academic advisor who will strongly support their application to the program. Admission is competitive, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission, nor does the failure to meet a requirement result in an automatic rejection. Provisional admittance will be granted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, the provisional status would be removed.

 

Specific Requirements for Admission:

  1. Early Childhood Education majors may apply for admission  after completing 60 or more credits. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Admission decisions will be based on GPA, language proficiency, letters of recommendation, clarity of purpose, and a personal interview.
  2. Primary criteria: 

A program GPA of 3.25 or higher in Italian Studies

An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Completion of 60 credit hours.

Completion of Online Application Form to the 4+1 program (before fall of senior year, but preferably before fall of junior year).  Accompanying documentation:

Unofficial Transcript

Language Proficiency Certification (Intermediate-Mid or higher)

Recommendation from major advisor

Graduate application essay

Interview with 4+1 program advisor

Completion of the following undergraduate course prerequisites with a grade of C- or higher:

EDUC601 or 740

EDUC 622

Procedures:

Students in the 4+1 program will complete all requirements for the undergraduate major in Elementary Teacher Education. However, the four-year curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education, when taken as part of the 4+1 program, contains required graduate courses that prepare the student for completion of the Master of Arts curriculum. With this 4+1 plan and the proper scheduling of courses as an undergraduate, students may enter immediately into the MA program full-time with the possibility of completion within one year. UD Elementary Teacher Education undergraduate majors who are provisionally granted admission to the 4+1 BS/MA program in Childhood Foreign Language Education and subsequently admitted to the 4+1 program would take:

- EDUC 601 - Language Development in the Classroom (3cr.)  OR EDUC 740 - Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners (3cr.) 
- EDUC 622 - The Role of Literacy in Content Areas (3cr.)  as an elective (for students in concentrations that include electives) or in addition to ETE major requirements (for students in concentrations that do not include electives).

Students who take EDUC 740  in place of EDUC 440 would need to earn a C- or higher in order for the course to count toward the ETE major.

Programs

    Master’s4+1

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