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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, 2021.
  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

2021 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

The French graduate courses offered during Summer 2021 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. Both of these courses will be taught as Remote Delivery, which means that no classroom meetings will be held. Everything will be done using Canvas, e-mail, and/or Zoom. Some details are provided in the table below.

Please note that the last day of May in 2021 is Memorial Day, which is why the session begins on a Tuesday.


FREN 5200.001

Taught by Dr. Chaguinian

FREN 5200.002

Taught by Dr. Williams

June 1, 2021 - June 4, 2021

An introductory assignment will be due in Canvas; there will be no Zoom meetings.

An introductory assignment will be due in Canvas; there will be no Zoom meetings.

June 7, 2021 - June 11, 2021

June 14, 2021 - June 18, 2021

Some assignments due. Possible Zoom sessions.

No readings/assignments.

June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021

June 28, 2021 - June 30, 2021

No readings/assignments.

Some assignments due.

Possible Zoom sessions.

July 1, 2021 - August 6, 2021

Independent work.

Project(s) due August 6.

No Zoom meetings.

Independent work.

Project(s) due August 6.

No Zoom meetings.

FREN 5200.001 Seminar in French

Course Topic: Religion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian []

The Middle Ages are traditionally called the Age of Faith whereas the 16th c. is often described as less religious because of its interest in the individual. While there is some truth to this latter statement, it is also excessive. The 16th c. witnessed the Reformation, the root causes of which were the people's discontent with the Church of the day and its spirituality. It is this religious fervor that caused the upheaval of the Reformation, and it shows that the 16th c. was just as religious as the Middle Ages. In this course, we will study the religious life of the French and--more generally--Europeans during these two periods by reading a variety of historical and literary texts (saints' lives, didactic works, contrafacta, crusade songs. etc.).

Due to current circumstances, this course is offered as Remote Delivery. The course will be taught synchronously by Zoom between June 7-18.

FREN 5200.002 Seminar in French

Course Topic: Francophone Africa

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Williams []

This course will (re)introduce students to culture(s) and language(s) in Africa, with a focus on some French-speaking areas of the continent. Students will be expected to read documents written in French and watch documentaries and other types of videos in French on a variety of topics, and there will be different types of activities, such as listening to audio recordings in French and preparing writing exercises in French. Due to current circumstances, this course is offered as Remote Delivery. There will be opportunities for interaction on discussion forums in Canvas during the third and fourth weeks of June, but students will mainly work independently, and this will be a (more or less) self-paced course. Please visit the webpage Summer 2021 French Graduate Courses for details regarding the schedule.

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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