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MA and PhD studies at the University of Alberta, Canada (Media & Cultural Studies, Transnational & Comparative Literatures, Translation, Applied Linguistics)

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta is proud to invite applications to its new innovative MA and PhD Programs. We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and transcultural focus
  • collaborative, student-centred programs
  • dual emphasis on academic and professional development

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers MA and PhD degree programs in four major areas: Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and Transnational and Comparative Literatures.  Students develop and explore research questions in a creative, dynamic, and international learning environment that emphasizes both academic and professional training. Our large and distinguished faculty can guide diverse theoretical approaches to research—including gender and sexuality theory, visual cultural theory, urban studies, folklore, film theory, digital and internet studies, discourse analysis, second-language acquisition, and more—in time periods ranging from the premodern to the contemporary, in a wide range of languages, and in diverse cultural regions. In addition to research-focussed, thesis-based MA and PhD programs, we offer a course-based MA focussed on professional development. All of our programs feature interdisciplinary and transcultural seminars, a student-designed professional development portfolio, and colloquia that support collaboration and accelerated time to degree completion.

MA and PhD studies in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta means exposure to and engagement with a broad range of linguistic, national, and cultural perspectives in a setting that encourages collaborative problem solving, creative risk-taking, and critical reflection. Uniquely equipped with skills in cultural communication and a commitment to diversity, our graduates pursue careers in government, business, and academia as educators, researchers, communication experts, and global leaders.

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Applications open Oct. 1, 2017- Jan. 15, 2018

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