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Graduate Summer Institute

Graduate Summer Institute


The French Summer Institute has a dual purpose. The first goal is to enable interested individuals to improve their proficiency in French and to increase their knowledge of French studies; it is possible to enroll in the program for one summer term only. The 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 in the summer. 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 20, 2022.
  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.

Admission Requirements

  1. 12 credit hours of French at the advanced level (beyond FREN 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. Read the program description, requirements, and admission information at If you need additional information, e-mail the Graduate Advisor. French Graduate Advisor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian (

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

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

Note: Students may combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters in order to complete their degree sooner.


Each summer, graduate course topics vary. They are designed to provide a well-rounded background in French. 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. 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

2022 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

The French graduate courses offered during Summer 2022 at the University of North Texas will be part of the 10-week session that includes June, July, and part of August. However, students who enroll in these courses will have some assignments during the month of June and then the whole month of July and part of August for independent projects. Please see the details that have been provided in the table below.


FREN 5200.001

Taught by Dr. Kaplan

FREN 5750.001

Internet Course

Taught by Dr. Williams

June 6, 2022 - June 10, 2022

June 13, 2022 - June 17, 2022

Students are required to attend classroom meetings. No readings/assignments.

June 20, 2022 - June 24, 2022

June 27, 2022 - July 1, 2022

No readings/assignments.

Required readings and Discussion boards in Canvas.

No scheduled meetings.

July 2, 2022 - August 12, 2022

Independent work.

Project(s) due August 12.

No scheduled meetings.

Independent work.

Project(s) due August 12.

No scheduled meetings.

FREN 5200 18th-Century French Women Writers

Instructor: Dr. Marijn Kaplan, (

Eighteenth-century French women writers wrote numerous best-sellers --one critic suspects their books were literally read to p i e c e s which would explain why they have long been hard to find-- yet modern readers have only recently begun to appreciate them. Through class discussions and readings of works by Françoise de Graffigny, Marie Jeanne Riccoboni and Isabelle de Charrière, we will analyze these authors' "devious narratives": their desires, their concerns, as well as their efforts to overcome gender-induced restrictions in both their lives and their work, creating "novel" alternatives for women.

The course will be taught face-to-face. The course will take place during the first two weeks of the 10-week session: June 6-20. During the remaining weeks of the session, students will work independently on the final assignment that will be due on August 12.

FREN 5750 Exploring the Francophone World

Course Topic: Mauritania and Morocco

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Williams []

This course focuses on Mauritania and Morocco. It is offered completely on line using Canvas during the 10-week summer session with a great deal of flexibility. During week 1 (June 6-10) and week 2 (June 13-17), no assignments will be due; however, students can begin reading about North Africa at their own pace. A list of recommended readings will be provided in the syllabus. During week 3 (June 20-24), students are required to participate in a Canvas discussion board focusing on Mauritania. During week 4 (June 27-July 1), students are required to participate in a Canvas discussion board focusing on Morocco. During the remaining weeks of the 10-week summer session--which ends August 11, 2022--students will work independently on a research project that focuses on Mauritania or Morocco. A list of possible topics will be provided in the syllabus. Students who wish to prepare a research project on a topic not listed in the syllabus are required to have the approval of the instructor.

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 38,000 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 UNT Housing:

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 check with the Toulouse Graduate School to see 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 (variable amount) may be available from the UNT Study Abroad Office.

Additional information
Please direct all inquiries to the Director of Graduate Studies, preferably by email:

Dr. Christophe Chaguinian