Graduate Summer Institute | World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

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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 25, 2020.
  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

2020 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

Due to current circumstances, the 2020 French Summer Institute will be offered online, and there will be no class meetings.

Session 1

FREN 5200.01: Seminar in French

Course Topic: Medieval and Renaissance French Theater

Videoconferences June 8-19, 2020

Independent Internet work required after June 19

Western theater has its origins in the theater of Greece and Rome but its development was by no means linear. With the fall of the Roman empire in the 5th c. AD, the theatrical tradition of Rome disappeared and the Middle Ages had to create a new theater. The Renaissance didn't see an immediate break with the medieval theatrical genres that continued to be performed during the 16th c. Yet, thanks to the efforts of the humanists and their interest in classical literature, the period witnessed the rebirth of ancient comedy and tragedy that were to become the main genres of French theater during the following centuries.

In this course we will study the dramatic production during the medieval times and the Renaissance by reading some representative texts (liturgical drama, mystères, farces, comédies, tragédies).

Due to current circumstances, this course is offered as an Internet course. There will be no live class meetings, but an hour-long videoconference will be scheduled daily. Students will be assigned daily readings and will upload their answers online. Some questions will be posted in the discussion board allowing students to dialog and exchange ideas.

Office hours will be scheduled by appointment (as requested) in Zoom. You can contact the instructor for more details:

Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian


Session 2

FREN 5200.02: Seminar in French

Course Topic: Belgium and Switzerland

Internet course: June 22-August 7, 2020

This course will (re)introduce students to Belgium and Switzerland, with a focus on the French-speaking areas of these multilingual European countries. You will be expected to read texts and watch documentaries and other types of videos in French on a variety of topics, and you will be expected to submit different types of assignments, such as audio recordings and writing activities. Due to current circumstances, this course is offered as an Internet course. There will be no live class meetings, which means that all work will be done independently by students, and this will be a (more or less) self-paced course. Office hours will be scheduled by appointment (as requested) in Zoom. A schedule is available online, and you can contact the instructor for more details:

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Williams


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

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