Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers graduate degree programs that foster interdisciplinary research and transcultural collaboration. Our MA (course- and thesis-based) and PhD programs are divided into four specializations: Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and Transnational and Comparative Literatures. Student and faculty research is diverse, broad, and includes an array of national, cultural, and linguistic areas. Built into each program are individually tailored professional development modules (academic, creative, non-academic) resulting in a unique portfolio. Our programs have a robust structure to encourage accelerated time to degree. The department offers extensive mentoring throughout the course of study, including support for the development of grant applications, academic writing, and skills in research and teaching. Competitive funding packages are available.
Applied Linguistics involves research in one of the following areas: second language acquisition and pedagogy, discourse studies, sociolinguistics, and multilingualism. Students will engage in research in a language other than English chosen from any of the languages in which the Department has sufficient current expertise.
Media and Cultural Studies involves the analysis of different media using theories of cultural studies. Areas of emphasis include: folklore studies, gender and sexuality studies, native studies, popular culture, game and design studies, and urban studies.
Translation Studies involves research in one or more of the following: cultural translation, history of translation, literary translation, multilingual translation, translation theory and criticism.
Transnational and Comparative Literatures involves the study of global literature, criticism, theory, and their intersections with language, art, and culture, either within a single language or across languages.