Italian Studies Academic Program at Stony Brook
The Undergraduate Program in Italian
The following graduate programs are available to prospective graduate students in Italian:
M.A. in Romance Languages
Track A: Students who wish to follow a traditional M.A. program with the intention of proceeding toward further study on the Ph.D. level. Its flexibility allows students to design a curriculum that includes studies in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies in one of the Romance languages or in a combination of two Romance languages. This track gives the students a choice of writing a Masterís Thesis or passing a Comprehensive Examination to qualify for the degree.
Track B:. Students who have completed the provisional requirements to teach languages in secondary schools, and are required by state regulations to complete a Master degree. The new track for secondary school teachers is specifically designed for those students who have completed the Teacher Preparation Program in Foreign Languages at the undergraduate level. It allows secondary school teachers to further concentrate in language and cultural studies in one of the Romance languages or in a combination of two Romance language through additional study in the language(s) they teach. It also engages students in a research project that is relevant to their profession. This project is academically equivalent to the M.A. Thesis in Track A.
All courses will be offered no earlier than 5:30 P.M. to meet the time constraints of secondary school teachers.
Track A: Specialization in Literature and Culture
This track is designed for students who wish to proceed subsequently toward a Ph.D. program in language, literature, arts, thought, and culture. Emphasis is the study of literature, language and linguistics, and culture.
The M.A. requires a specialization in French, in Italian, or in a combination of two Romance Languages (French, Italian, Spanish). It requires at least ten three-credit courses (eight courses for students who opt to write a Thesis) to be completed with a grade average of B or better, for a total of 30 credits.
The following courses are required:
Total credits: 30
Total credits: 30
Romance Languages: (e.g. French and Italian, French and Spanish, Italian and Spanish)
Total credits: 30
Competence at the intermediate level in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement This requirement may be fulfilled through a departmental examination or a suitable language course designed for graduate students.
M. A. Examination or M. A. Thesis (students will choose either option A or B)
A. ó M.A. Thesis: Students write a Masterís Thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor, along with a second faculty member in his/her major program and a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion of the thesis, the student prepares a formal presentation of the thesis.
B. ó M. A. Examination: Students who opt not to write a Master Thesis must complete a four-hour written examination and a one-hour oral examination. The examination is based on a comprehensive reading list in the studentís area of specialization. Three faculty members will serve as examiners.
Track B: Specialization in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers
Goals: The M.A. in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers is designed to meet the needs of students who have already received provisional licensing in French, Italian and/or Spanish, but need to fulfill the state requirement to obtain a Master's degree in order to be granted permanent certification. The aims of this degree are the following.
A cornerstone of the program is faculty mentorship. Upon completing 12 hours of graduate work, each student designs a course of study with a faculty member. Upon completing all course work the student develops an independent research topic relevant to the issue of teaching a second language at the secondary school level. The faculty advisor serves as supervisor of the project.
The M.A. in Romance Languages for Secondary School Teachers consists of a total of 30 credits. Students will take three core courses (9 credits) and 7 courses (21 credits) in their target language(s).
Students must maintain a B average, and receive at least a B in their language courses (FRN 507, ITL 508, SPN 515).
Core Courses (9 credits):
Total Credits ó Core courses: 9
Course of Study for Areas of Specialization are available for the following languages (21 credits):
Total Credits: 21
Total Credits: 21
3. Romance Languages
Students may choose two of the three Romance Languages taught at Stony Brook, with one as major and one as minor. Configuration of courses will be developed on an individual basis according to the student=s needs. The following courses are required:
Total credits: 21
Note: Culture and linguistics courses could be substituted with permission of the department if not available when they are needed.
Competence in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Competence will be determined by departmental examination, or by completing specific graduate courses approved by the department. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement. For non-native English language speakers, fluency in English is required.
Students must complete a Research Project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and subject to approval by a second faculty member in his/her major program and by a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion, the student prepares a formal presentation of his/her research.
For further information e-mail Prof. CharlesFranco -- You may apply on-line by following this link: http://www1.applyyourself.com/aylogin.cfm?id=SUNYSB-GS&Package=A
The MAT (Master of Arts for Teachers)
Teacher Training Program is available level through the School of Professional Development with a curriculum leading to the M.A.T. degree. The program is available in French, German, Italian, and Russian. The following information is presented here with permission of the SPD Office.Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
The Master of Arts in Teaching is offered through the School of Professional Development in collaboration with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education in the following certifications: English (HEGIS 1501), French (HEGIS 1102), German (HEGIS 1103), Italian (HEGIS 1104), Russian (HEGIS 1106), Chemistry (HEGIS 1905), Earth Science (HEGIS 1917), Physics (HEGIS 1902), and Social Studies (HEGIS 2201). This degree is designed as a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching in the above mentioned fields for secondary schools, grades 7-12. The M.A.T. normally entails three semesters of study, excluding summers, of coursework in the content field, professional education courses, and a supervised student teaching experience. For information on admission to any of the M.A.T. programs, send an e-mail to Marvin J. Glockner, Assistant Dean, or call him at (631) 632-7055.
For further information, e-mail Sarah Jurdain, Director of the Foreign Language Teacher Training Program.