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Masters Programs

The Department of World Languages & Cultures offers three Master of Arts degrees:

  • World Languages & Cultures MA - specializations in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies, French, & Spanish
  • MA in Spanish Language Pedagogy
  • World Languages MA (WLMA)

For questions regarding the MA programs, please contact:

Mackenzie Buie
Graduate Academic Advisor

World Languages & Cultures MA

The Master of Arts in World Languages & Cultures is available with specializations in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS), French, or Spanish. Please see the links below for more information on each emphasis.

Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies

Through a specialization in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, students explore and analyze texts across world cultures. With its methodology based in the idea that new insights about our world traditions are illuminated when they are compared and contrasted, the program promotes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary analysis. Within the Department of World Languages & Cultures students have access to specialists who work in European, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern cultural traditions. We are also affiliated with richly interdisciplinary programs such as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In their courses, faculty offer students various critical frameworks through which to link and/or interrogate national traditions. Our challenge is to overcome conventional national and linguistic divisions, and produce scholars with a new vision of world aesthetics.

The American Comparative Literature Association is a great resource for CLCS students. Please check it out for information about conferences, prizes and other resources.

CLCS Course of Study


Our distinguished faculty have a wide range of teaching and research interests, covering French and Francophone literature, culture, and language studies. All of our graduate classes are discussion-based seminars, so students enjoy a communal approach to education and forge meaningful intellectual relationships with their professors. As a Teaching Assistant (TA), you will also be trained in the latest advances in second-language pedagogy. The University of Utah has an excellent research library, rare book collection, film and video collection, and Fine Arts Museum.

The French Studies program of the Department of World Languages & Cultures is committed to offering students a truly eclectic forum for the study of literature and culture. Our approach is multicultural and interdisciplinary. Graduate students in French work alongside students in German, Spanish, and Comparative Literature. We draw our diverse student population from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

French Course of Study

French MA Reading List

Funding Opportunity

French Embassy Fellowship for Master's Students in French Teaching DLI

The candidate will complete Candidate Information and Motivation sections of this application. A faculty member or administrator from the Partner University will support the candidate’s application. The faculty member or administrator will complete the Nominating Faculty or Administrator section of the application, and will also complete a letter of support for the candidate. The candidate will submit this Application, along with their CV (in English or French) and the Letter of Support (in English or French)

Print out application here.



The Spanish Literature specialization prepares students to approach texts and cultural production from a variety of methodological and theoretical paradigms, and to conduct research in the field. Students will acquire knowledge of a broad body of canonical and non-canonical texts from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective.

For more information click here.

Language Pedagogy MA (MALP)

The Master of Arts in Spanish Language Pedagogy (MALP) exposes the student of Spanish to three main areas of study: language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and the literature and culture of the target area. The course of study focuses on developing professional skills and enabling students to critically evaluate and apply literature and research in the discipline. The MALP prepares students to teach adult learners at post-secondary institutions and private secondary institutions, or to continue graduate work in second language acquisition, research and pedagogy. The program does not offer public school certification. Click the link to find out more information.

World Languages MA (WLMA)

The Master of Arts in World Languages combines a master’s degree in foreign language pedagogy with licensure to teach in public schools. Students with the requisite background will be able to teach one or two foreign languages at the secondary level or a foreign language and another high school subject such as History, Geography, or Math. The program actively seeks to license teachers in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. In limited capacities, the program can license teachers in Arabic, Japanese, and Russian. These students in particular are encouraged to participate in an intensive language study abroad program.

The MA in World Languages with Secondary Teaching Licensure is designed for students who have one of the following:

  • BA in a foreign language: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish
  • BA in a subject taught in Utah secondary schools and proficiency in a foreign language

BA in ESL/TESOL and proficiency in a foreign language

National accreditation of the teacher education program (licensure grantor) is through CEAP (Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation).

Required Prerequisites

LING 1200: Introduction to the Study of Language (no graduate credit)

FCS 5230: Adolescent Psychology (*multiple equivalents)

SP ED 5012/6012: Inclusive Classrooms

*equivalent: EDPS 5050; and possibly 5250

Graduation Requirements

LING 1200, six core and licensure courses, three language area courses, and licensure sequence (9 credit hours) with student teaching (12 credit hours).

MA Core and Licensure Courses (12 credit hours)

LING 6810/WLC 6410: K-12 Second Language Methodology (first fall)

LING 6812: Content-based Instruction (first fall)

LING 6816: Instructional Design & Materials Development

ECS 5645/6645:  Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Populations (Spring)

OR: LING 6818: Second Language Testing (assessment)

A Minimum of Three MA Language Area Courses

Arabic: Graduate courses offered by the Middle East Center and World Languages & Cultures

French, German or Spanish: Graduate seminars (6900) in CLCS, French, or Spanish

Chinese, Japanese, or Russian: Graduate level courses in World Languages & Cultures

ESL: Graduate courses offered in the Department of Linguistics and College of Education

*Students should seek 6000-level courses whenever possible, but may enroll in upper-division undergraduate courses (4000-5000) depending on their language area, Students must have approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Licensure Sequence (12 credit hours)

SP ED 5022: Principles of Instruction and Behavior Support

ECS 6709: School, Family, and Community (with a service learning component); (first fall)

ELP 6410: Educational Law

ED PSYCH 6151: Educational Applications of Technology (second fall)

Student Teaching (18 credit hours)

ECS 6715: Urban Education (Fall 2nd year; may be substituted)

EDU 6201: Seminar in Language Awareness (one credit, online)

EDU 6490: Practicum (Fall 2nd year)

EDU 6491: Seminar (Spring 2nd year)

EDU 6495: Student Teaching (9 credits; Spring 2nd year)

SP ED 5022: Principles of Instruction and Behavior Support

ECS 6709: School, Family, and Community (with a service learning component); (first fall)

ELP 6410: Educational Law

ED PSYCH 6151: Educational Applications of Technology (second fall)

All WLMA candidates must meet with the advisor in the College of Education to apply for licensure during their first semester of study.

In addition to WLMA and Licensure coursework, WLMA candidates must meet the following requirements for licensure and world language endorsement:

  1. Language Proficiency 
    Completion of the WLMA program provides students with secondary certification and the opportunity to obtain an endorsement in world language. A world language endorsement requires demonstration of language proficiency by providing proof of the following:
    A minimum speaking proficiency rating of advanced-low for level 1 and 2 languages (e.g., French, German, and Spanish), or intermediate-high for level 3 and 4 languages (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian). For the speaking proficiency rating, the Utah State Office of Education has approved the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview (OPI) and the Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) language proficiency certification.
  1. Praxis Tests 
    Candidates for licensure have to pass Praxis II tests in each subject for which they seek an endorsement. Praxis tests are required for all secondary school subjects, ESL, and French, German, and Spanish. For further information on the required Praxis II tests, consult Utah State Board of Educationand ETS Praxis Test.
  2. Non-Language Subjects
    Candidates who have completed a non-World Language major may obtain an endorsement for teaching that subject in conjunction with the World Language MA with Licensure. Please consult the Utah State Board of Education for subject endorsement requirements.

For more information, please contact the Department of World Languages & Cultures Director of Graduate Studies, Thérèse De Raedt (

To learn about the requirements for secondary licensure, access the information from the Urban Institute for Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Last Updated: 7/9/18