About the Graduate Program

CL/CS M.A. students study in the World Languages Commons in Ortega Hall

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures offer a transition into advanced literary and cultural study. Dedicated to fostering innovative critical approaches to literature and culture, the LCL graduate programs help students build from their existing intellectual strengths and often diverse backgrounds.

Students benefit from both individualized faculty attention and involvement in an interdisciplinary research community. In their courses, they encounter the paradigms, major movements and emerging areas of study critical to their own disciplines — French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, and within the CL/CS, the concentrations in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies. They receive professional training focused on developing their own research profiles, compiling a portfolio of teaching techniques, and strengthening their writing and communication skills, including proficiency in foreign languages.

Most importantly, our programs provide a time, a set of intellectual and creative resources, and a place for becoming actively involved in debates about why and in what ways literature and culture matter. As Abdourahman A. Wabari wrote recently in For a World Literature:

It is not insignificant to point out that the most engaging writers and thinkers of recent decades have by and large been teaching in North America. From the campuses of New York, UCLA, and Albuquerque, they have been cultivating the larger world, embracing their communities, mixing genres and inventing livable dreams for tomorrow.

All graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support. We offer M.A. and Ph. D. students the opportunity to teach courses in French, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian and other languages, as well as to assist in large Humanities courses taught in English. Students are also eligible for Teaching Assistantships in other disciplines, including English and Religious Studies.

Please explore the LCL Graduate Programs section for more information.

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures (LCL) offers the following graduate degrees:

All graduate programs are administered by a Graduate Committee composed of three members of the LCL graduate faculty, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chairperson of LCL. Except for the internal regulations and requirements outlined below, all degree programs are subject to the terms of The University of New Mexico Catalog in effect at the time a student is admitted into a specific program.

All graduate students must demonstrate proficiency in another language either through a four-semester sequence of course work, a proficiency exam, or proof of equivalent knowledge acquired elsewhere.

How to Apply to LCL Graduate Programs

Our online application will allow you to upload all your necessary documents for application to the program of your interest. Within the application, make sure to click the Application Instructions to see program specific requirements.

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Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (Lorenzo F. Garcia Jr.) or the graduate advisor for the individual program in case you have any further questions about the material to be submitted.

Graduate Advisors

ProgramAdvisor Name
Director of Graduate StudiesLorenzo F. Garcia Jr.
ClassicsLorenzo F. Garcia Jr.
Comparative Literature & Cultural StudiesRajeshwari Vallury
French & French StudiesPim Higginson
German StudiesKatrin Schroeter