Graduate Programs

Prospective Students

Do you want to…

...expand your language knowledge in a linguistically diverse environment?
...experience literature from a variety of perspectives?
...explore creative teaching methods, approaches, and techniques?
...examine languages from different theoretical frameworks?
...become immersed in a multicultural and multilingual environment?
...have the opportunity to grow professionally and personally?

The Department of World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics offers our graduate students these opportunities in a supportive environment created by professors who are dedicated to graduate education and to our students’ professional development.

Program Features:

The Department currently offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in World Languages with concentrations in French, Linguistics, Spanish, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is also possible to combine two of the above areas of emphasis as a major field of study within the department. Students from different backgrounds therefore have the flexibility to tailor the program to their needs.

Our program is unique in this region. It attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since the Master’s degree is our highest degree, our M.A. students’ academic and professional development receives our full attention and resources. The diverse expertise of our faculty provides students with interesting and flexible plans of study, as well as with ample opportunities to evolve as leaders and decision makers within their classrooms and within our department.

Graduate students are also encouraged to become professionally active and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of departmental and professional language and culture activities, such as

Our graduates are accepted into prestigious Ph.D. programs and are very competitive in the job market. They have pursued doctoral degrees in foreign languages and literatures, linguistics, and culture studies or have pursued careers in foreign language education. In recent years, our graduates have also capitalized on their language skills and knowledge of world cultures to pursue related degrees in Technology Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Library Science, Public Administration, History, Anthropology, and Law. Similarly, WVU alums with MA degrees in Foreign Languages have found careers in a variety of areas with an international dimension, including business, government, the travel industry, and missionary work.

Program Concentrations

For more information about programs in French, Linguistics, Spanish, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages click the following link:
Program Concentrations

Available Financial Aid

Graduate teaching assistantships are available for different languages, including Chinese, French, German, English as a Second Language, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Students may be awarded an assistantship in an area that is different from their area of study. Graduate teaching assistants (GTA) receive tuition waivers and a monthly stipend for the semesters in which they are teaching. GTAs are required to pay for student fees, living expenses, and health insurance. Students who do not have an assistantship can apply for tuition waivers.

Graduate Program Handbook

View the Graduate Program Handbook at the following link Graduate Program Handbook .

How do I apply?

Click the following link to learn more about the forms and process of applying to one of our Graduate Programs:
Graduate Programs How to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

What degrees are offered?

The Department currently offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in French, Linguistics, Spanish, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is also possible to combine two of the above areas of emphasis as a major field of study within the department.

The World Language programs are designed to give students more specialized knowledge in culture, language, linguistics, literature, and pedagogy in preparation for teaching in their chosen field, for continuing with doctoral study, or for using their foreign language and cultural knowledge and expertise in other professions.

What are the career opportunities with an M.A. in World Languages?

Students with an M.A. in world languages follow a variety of career paths: teaching and research (elementary through higher education), and careers in government service (both domestic and international), business and international trade, broadcasting and journalism, law, medicine, information technology, travel and leisure industries, arts and entertainment, international service (military, Peace Corps, etc.), and private enterprise, to name a few. In today?s world of increasing globalization, the ability to communicate effectively in another language and with a person from another culture is a highly sought after commodity in many professions.

What does the Master of Arts program include?

Students are required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours at the graduate level. Students must fulfill a foreign language requirement and a research requirement, maintain a 3.00 GPA, and complete comprehensive exams or a 6-credit-hour thesis in order to graduate.

Is financial aid available?

Seventy-five graduate teaching assistantships offer full remission of tuition plus a stipend while teaching. These are available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and occasionally in other areas. Teaching assistantships are also offered to selected students specializing in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the WVU Intensive English Program. Students may be awarded an assistantship in an area that is different from their area of study.

Tuition waivers and scholarships are also available for qualified candidates. For more information about financial aid, visit Graduate Scholarships.