The French and Spanish Summer Institutes have a dual purpose. Their first goal is to enable interested individuals to improve their proficiency in French/Spanish and to increase their knowledge of French/Hispanic studies; it is possible to enroll in the program for one summer term only. Their secondary goal is to enable individuals who may not be able to enroll in a regular graduate program for professional reasons to work toward an M.A. in French/Spanish in the summer. The French and Spanish Summer Institutes follow the immersion principle, as participants speak the target language for 3-6 weeks. Students may combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters in order to complete their degree sooner.
Program Information & Requirements
Course Requirements for the M.A. in French or Spanish
Two options are available:
Note: Students may combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters in order to complete their degree sooner.
Summer Sessions at UNT
-3 hours of coursework, 9:00 am – 11:50 am, M-F
-Some Internet coursework
Each summer, graduate course topics vary. They are designed to provide a well-rounded background in French or Spanish. Although answering the direct needs of teachers, courses also address the needs of individuals working toward a doctoral degree in the language. In this respect, UNT offers doctoral degrees in education, which can be coupled with a concentration in French or Spanish. Students may supplement summer graduate hours with a combination of a minor, and courses taken during fall and/or spring semesters.
Courses and Additional Information
2016 French Summer Institute
(3-6 graduate credits)
FREN 5410.001: Medieval Literature
Meets in classroom June 6-17, 2016 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 219
Independent Internet work after July 1
In this course, we will study the French lyric tradition from the 12th-c. troubadours and trouvères to the late 15th-c. rhétoriqueurs. Interesting in its own right, Medieval French poetry is also important because of its impact on European poetry of its time. Indeed the so-called courtly love that is found in the literature of all the countries of medieval Europe is the creation of the French troubadours and trouvères.
Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian
FREN 5730.001: Topics on France
Course Topic: Women in France
Meets in classroom June 20, 2015 –July 1, 2016 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 109
Independent Internet work after July 1 (to be completed by August 1)
This course will provide an overview on the current status of women in France. After an historical survey of women at different times and those who have distinguished themselves, it will address the lives of French women today in various areas: family and couple, contraception and maternity, education, employment, violence, civil and political rights. The role of women’s associations and their struggles will then be reviewed in light of current issues.
Instructor: Dr. Marie-Christine Koop
2016 Spanish Summer Institute
(3-6 graduate credits)
SPAN 5480.001: Spanish Poetry.
Course Topic: Selected Works of Rubén Darío.
Meets in classroom 06/6/16-06/17/16 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am
Independent Internet work after 7/5/16
Rubén Darío is the most famous writer of Hispanic Modernism, an influential movement in literature, visual arts, and even religious thought of the late 19th and early 20th century. We will concentrate on his landmark texts Prosas profanas (1896) and Cantos de vida y esperanza (1905), as well as discuss other modernistas of Latin America and Spain.
Instructor: Dr. Will Derusha E-mail: email@example.com
SPAN 5206.001: Spanishness in Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature and Cinema.
Course Topic: Representations of “Spanishness”
Meets in classroom 06/20/16-07/1/16 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am
Independent Internet work after 7/5/16
This course presents an analytical and critical study of the plurilingual and pluricultural situation of the "Spain of the autonomies" in the context of the global era through literature and cinema. Students will learn to critically analyze the meaning of “Spanishness” in contemporary Spain through literature and cinema and contrast the narrative language in the novels and films studied in regards to their presentation of “Spanishness”. The novels covered include Galicia, el bonsái atlántico by Manuel Rivas, El amante bilingüe by Juan Marsé, and El silencio de las sirenas by Adelaida García Morales. These are all required novels from the MA reading list for the COMPs (comprehensive exams).
Instructor: Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Denton is located 30 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, with direct access to most locations in the U.S. and Canada. Both Dallas and Fort Worth are within a 45-minute drive and offer a large selection of entertainment and cultural events of all kinds. With over 36,000 students, UNT is one of the largest universities in Texas. The foreign language collections at the Willis Library are quite impressive. In addition, UNT offers a charming traditional campus setting with all the facilities necessary for a summer program.
Housing and Meals
Although participants are not required to live in Denton during the Institute, different housing options are available through Residence Life. http://reslife.unt.edu/
If you contact Residence Life, make sure to ask about regular plans and short-stay plans for housing and meals since different options are available.
Tuition and Fees
Graduate tuition: Visit: http://www.unt.edu for updated information on tuition and course fees.
Note: Out-of-state and international students who receive a scholarship for $1,000 may be eligible for in-state tuition; however, since this could change from year to year, you will need to ask the Toulouse Graduate School if this is still possible.
1. Graduate Scholarships may be available from the UNT Graduate School.
2. Financial aid may be available through the UNT Office of Financial Aid.
3. International Scholarships for summer study in France, Spain, and Mexico (variable amount) may be available from the UNT Study Abroad Office.
Please direct all inquiries to the appropriate Director, preferably by email:
Dr. Marie-Christine Koop, Director
French Summer Institute
Dr. Will Derusha, Director
Spanish Summer Institute