Online Master’s Degree in Romance Languages - Spanish or French Option

Most people are aware of the strong French influences around New Orleans, evident in the name of the world-famous street honoring France’s House of Bourbon and in the rich Cajun French traditions that make south Louisiana famous for its cuisine. Some might be surprised to learn the extent of Spanish influence in Le Vieux carré. LaSalle claimed the Louisiana Territory for the French in the 1690’s, and the City of New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Frenchman Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. In 1763, the colony was sold to Spain. Two major fires followed, with the outcome of having significant portions of the French Quarter rebuilt according to Spanish code.

Students who are not able to physically experience the enormous French and Spanish influences in New Orleans can audibly immerse themselves in the languages of earlier New Orleanians. The city of New Orleans' unique history and special blend of cultures offer students of foreign languages a propitious environment, particularly in the francophone and hispanophone areas. The Department of Foreign Languages offers an online version of our Master of Arts in Romance Languages, with options in French and Spanish. These programs prepare M.A. graduates for doctoral work and for teaching positions at the secondary and college levels, and other positions for which mastery of a major Romance language and culture is required, such as translation, immigration and naturalization, customs, foreign trade, tourism, diplomacy and social work.

There are two concentrations within each option: literature or language and civilization. Among our criteria for admission is a minor in the target language with a B average. Students complete 33 hours of course work and develop reading ability in a second Romance language at the fourth semester. A number of Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.


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