Graduate Summer Institute | World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Graduate Summer Institute

Graduate Summer Institute


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

Important Dates

  1. The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures may cancel graduate courses offered in the summer if minimum enrollment is not reached by May 26, 2018.
  2. Since all Graduate Summer Institute courses are a part of the 10-week summer session (10W), students must observe the deadlines set by UNT for the 10-week summer session, regardless of the beginning/ending dates for Internet coursework or classroom meetings of the Institute courses.
  3. On the first day of each course, the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will provide lunch (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, approximately) for students enrolled in graduate Summer Institute courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. 12 credit hours of French or Spanish at the advanced level (beyond FREN or SPAN 2050).
  2. Admission to UNT Graduate School for M.A. program (or non-degree status for up to 12 graduate credit hours). Please consult the website of the Toulouse Graduate School for important information about the application process, which may take several weeks.
  3. E-mail the Graduate Advisor a resume in English and a 250-word essay in French or Spanish to explain your professional plans. French Graduate Advisor: Dr. Marie-Christine Koop (; Spanish Graduate Advisor: Dr. Teresa Marrero (

Course Requirements for the M.A. in French or Spanish
Two options are available:

  1. Thesis option: 30 semester hours in French or Spanish (or including a minor) plus 6 hours of thesis.
  2. Non-thesis option: 36 semester hours in French or Spanish (without thesis).

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

-Immersion principle
-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

2017 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)
Immersion Experience

Session 1

FREN 5410: Laughter in the Middle Ages

Meets in classroom June 5-16, 2017 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am

Independent Internet work required after June 30

What stories made people laugh in France in the Middle Ages? In this course we will try to answer this question by reading texts from various genres: fabliaux, fables, parodies of courtly and epic poetry, roman de Renart, etc. The texts will be read in modern French. Some Internet work required.

Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian


Session 2

FREN 5200: Topics on France

Course Topic: Seminar in French: Francophone Media & Current Events

Meets in classroom June 19-30, 2017 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 109

Independent Internet work after June 30

Analysis and discussion of current events in francophone regions and countries through advertisements, cinema, news outlets, and social media. Students will also learn about language use and variation in different parts of the francophone world. Assignments and activities will include, among other things, presentations, in-class discussions of assigned readings, and some independent research. Some Internet work required.

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Williams


2017 Spanish Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

Immersion Experience

Session 1

SPAN 5480.001: Spanish Poetry.

Course Topic: Painting on the Page.

Meets in classroom June 5-June 16, 2017 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am

Independent Internet work after 6/30/17

This course explores Spanish-language poetry centered on specific paintings and painters as well as theories of text, intertext, and ekphrastic writing. We will analyze specific texts, both literary and visual, as well as articles and/or sections from books. The instructor will provide primary texts through the UNT Blackboard platform. Images will be accessed through links provided on the Blackboard course pages.

Instructor: Dr. Will Derusha


Session 2

SPAN 5200.001: Afrolatinidades: (Re)Mapping Blackness through Latin American Cultural Production.

Course Topic: Afro-Latin@ and Afro-Latin-American Dimensions and Representations

Meets in classroom June 19-June 30, 2017 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am

Independent Internet work after 6/30/17

This course introduces students to the contemporary configurations and representations of Afro-Latinidad in order to understand and interrogate the relationships between historical context, cultural production, and racial formations in Latin America. Readings of narrative, poetry, film, music and visual arts such as painting and photography will provide us with tools with which to examine Afro-Latin@ dimensions and experiences, while also enabling us to dissect how racial formations have been constructed, understood, and reified in the Americas.

Instructor: Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros


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.

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: 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.

Financial Aid

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.

Additional information
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

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