Learning Goal 1 for Students: attain and demonstrate the fundamental knowledge of Frenchlanguage
literatures while developing skills for analyzing and interpreting literary texts
Assessment for graduate student achievement of Goal 1: * performance in graduate seminars (short written and oral assignments, class participation, research papers)
* completion of masters exams
* performance on written and oral Qualifying Examination to assess knowledge of field
* demonstration of ability to apply a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of literature
Learning Goal 2 for Students: Engage in original research
Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 2: * defense of dissertation proposal in front of a three-member committee
* research and writing of dissertation chapters
* end-of-semester evaluation of progress by dissertation advisor
* public defense of dissertation
Learning Goal 3 for Students: develop effective teaching strategies
Assessment for student achievement of Goal 3: * close classroom supervision by Language Coordinator
* grades in teaching methods courses
* teaching evaluations
Learning Goal 4 for Students: Prepare students for careers in college teaching and research
Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 4: * evaluate teaching effectiveness
* collect placement data
Doctoral candidates are required to complete 48 credits of work beyond the B.A.
In addition, they are allowed to take three more credits in a field outside of but germane to French (subject to the approval of the Graduate Director).
The total of credits obtained outside the French Graduate Program, including foreign literature courses, should not exceed 12 beyond the B.A. (i.e., for both the M.A. and the Ph.D.).
Credit for graduate work taken at other institutions may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the course requirement (see above, Admission), but in no case (except cotutelles, see below) will the doctoral candidate complete less than 33 credits at Rutgers.
Rutgers is a member of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (other members include Columbia University, the City University of New York, Fordham University, the New School University, and New York University), and has a long-standing exchange program with Princeton University. These programs allow doctoral-level students to take courses that have no equivalent available at their home institutions with one of the other participants. The explicit prior permission of the Graduate Program Director, as well as the relevant specialist at the home institution, the instructor of the proposed course, and the administrative officers of the Graduate Schools of both institutions, are required. Courses taken through these programs are considered by the Graduate School to represent regular Rutgers credits.
* Personal statement, official transcripts, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.
* GRE General and writing sample (in French) for MA/PHD; MAT does not require test results or writing sample, but does require 2 courses taken with the Rutgers World Languages Institute Summer Program.
* In the personal statement M.A./Ph.D. applicants are requested to describe their academic background and intellectual interests and to specify potential areas and problems for graduate-level research.
English Language RequirementsTOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
Rutgers offers a variety of fellowships, scholarships, and teaching assistantships to qualified students with strong records of scholastic achievement and scholarly promise.
The Graduate School-New Brunswick administers major fellowships that offer tuition remission and stipends of $24,500 or more. Teaching assistantships also carry tuition remission and a salary above $25,000. The program offers outstanding applicants a combination of these forms of support, for up to five years. Exceptional applicants may be nominated for a University-wide Presidential Fellowship, which bears a yearly award of $35,000.
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