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Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts at UL Lafayette include four Masters of Science programs (Communication, Counselor Education, Psychology, and Speech Pathology and Audiology), three Masters of Arts programs (English, French, and History), and three Ph.D. programs (English, Francophone Studies, and Applied Language and Speech Sciences). Together these graduate programs produce nearly 100 graduates a year.

Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Sciences

This doctoral program studies communication processes, language use and acquisition, communication disorders, and related areas. Students are expected to concentrate their work in one or more areas of active faculty research. The program is designed to produce research professors for colleges and universities and/or researchers for schools, clinics, and hospitals.

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M.S. in Communication 

The M.S. in Communication degree program provides concentrations in Advertising; Interpersonal/Organizational Communication; Mass Communication (journalism); and Public Relations. Each concentration incorporates substantial preparation in research, theory, and communication management, and prepares students for high-level professional careers in their respective fields.

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Ph.D. in English

The Ph.D. program in English affords students close professional contact with and guidance from a diverse and accomplished graduate faculty, distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research. All doctorates in English receive a foundation in studies of British and American language and literature, part of a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise.  Students have the flexibility to fashion a unique course of study in a number of specialized areas which may include critical theory, African American literature, women's folklore and literature, children's literature and many more.

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M.A. in English

The degree of Master of Arts with a major in English is designed to satisfy the needs of a variety of students; those who wish to prepare themselves for college teaching on the freshman and sophomore levels or for continuation into doctoral studies; those who are currently high school English teachers and wish to broaden their knowledge of their specialty; those who plan to enter high school teaching; and those who wish to receive training in professional writing. Students may concentrate in English or American literature and language; in creative or professional writing; in rhetoric; in linguistics or ESOL studies; in folklore; or in American culture, which emphasizes American literature with additional coursework in other American studies such as history or sociology.

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M.A. in French

The Master's program in French is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the French language, literature and culture. Students may elect to focus on France exclusively or on the Francophone world, with France as a primary area, as well as Francophone Europe, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Maghreb, and the Mediterranean. Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are available.

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Ph.D. in Francophone Studies

The doctoral program in Francophone Studies is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the Francophone world, including France, Francophone Europe, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Maghreb, and the Mediterranean. The program offers a variety of approaches: literary, linguistic, critical, ethnographic and historical. Courses offered through the departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology and English (Folklore) complement those taught in the French and Francophone Studies Program.

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M.A. in History 

The M.A. program in history provides intensive graduate training in European, Latin American, United States, and Public history. It prepares the student to teach history at the secondary, community or junior college levels, or to find employment in public history or some other related field.  It also provides a rigorous study in the humanities for those in non-academic professions.

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M.S. in Psychology

The graduate program in psychology offers a Master of Science degree. Students may take courses in general-experimental psychology or in applied psychology. Courses in the general-experimental track are appropriate for students preparing for doctoral work. Courses in the applied track are appropriate for students pursuing a terminal Master of Science degree. Although students taking courses in the applied track have occasionally gone on to doctoral programs, applied psychology students would normally seek professional employment in community service agencies or in educational settings at all levels. The program also works in conjunction with the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Master of Science in the Counselor Education program. The objectives of the program are to provide academic knowledge, technical skills, and experience under professional supervision for persons interested in entering the field and profession of psychology.

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M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Master's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology introduces students to advanced study and specialization in communicative disorders, instructs them in methods of independent investigation, enables them to satisfy the academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and to acquire the requisite skills to become responsible professionals in Speech-Language Pathology.

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For more information about these and other graduate programs, contact

Graduate School
P.O. Box 44610
Lafayette, LA, 70504-4610
Telephone: 337/482-6965