Program in Italian College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Italian College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in Romance Languages at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University (SBU), located on Long Island's North shore, is a public research university formerly known as the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. It is the flagship campus of the SUNY system.

Stony Brook University's graduate program in European Studies, housed in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, offers the Master of Arts (MA) in Romance Languages degree in 2 areas of specialization, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) a Foreign Language degree. Both programs offer students a choice of writing a master's thesis or passing a comprehensive qualifying examination.

MA in Romance Languages -- Track A

The Master of Arts in Romance Languages degree Track A -- Specialization in Literature and Culture -- was developed for students who want to follow a traditional MA path and continue on toward a PhD in language, literature, arts, thought, and culture.

The flexibility of this track allows students to design a curriculum that includes studies in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies in any combination of 2 Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish).

The program requires at least 10 3-credit courses (8 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.

MA in Romance Languages -- Track B

The Master of Arts in Romance Languages Track B -- Specialization in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers -- is designed for 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.

Track B prepares students in their target language, literature, and culture and introduces research tools that enable teachers to create original curriculums. Faculty mentorship is essential in this specialization and is provided to every student.

MA Track B Includes Original Coursework Development

Upon completing 12 hours of graduate work, the student designs a course of study with a faculty member. Upon completion of all course work, under the supervision of a faculty adviser, the student develops an independent topic and study guide relevant to the issue of teaching a second language at the secondary school level.

The MA in Romance Languages for Secondary School Teachers consists of a total of 30 credits, to be completed with a B or better. Students take 3 core courses (9 credits) and 7 courses (21 credits) in their target languages.

Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages Leads to Certification

The MAT program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree, but little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience. The program consists of 44 credits, distributed among the areas of language, literature, and culture; target languages; and professional studies in education. All degree requirements for the MAT must be completed within 5 years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

The program prepares students for New York state certification for teaching Italian, French, or German in secondary schools. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires a minimum of 36 credits in the content field in order to be certified. Stony Brook University admits to the MAT program only candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in the content field. This major must be equivalent to a similar major at Stony Brook.

Additional MAT Program Requirements

Prior to their supervised student teaching in high school and middle schools, MAT candidates must complete 100 hours of field experience. This includes practicing for interacting with parents, experiences in high-need schools, and experiences with each of the following: socio-economically disadvantaged students, students who are English language learners, and students with disabilities.

They also are required to participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking.

Combined BA/MAT Option

Students interested in obtaining a combined BA and MAT degree will be admitted into the program in their junior year if their grade point average is 3.0 or above. Education courses begin at the undergraduate level and are completed at the graduate level. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a combined degree.

Language Competency Requirement

Competence at the intermediate level in a language other than the student's language of specialization (preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin) is required in both tracks. Students opting for a combination of 2 Romance languages automatically satisfy the requirement. A departmental examination or a suitable language course designed for graduate students may also satisfy the requirement.

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SBU Campus and Surroundings

Stony Brook University is situated on 1,362 suburban acres in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island's North Shore -- about 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk. The university's Research and Development Park is located on 246 acres adjacent to the main campus. Stony Brook also has branch campuses in Manhattan and Southampton, on Long Island's east coast.

Location & Contact

Program in Italian

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Prof. Nicholas Rzhevsky


Phone: 631-632-7440
Fax: 631-632-9612

Mary Wilmarth


Phone: 631-632-7442
Fax: 631-632-9612

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Italian Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 4
    • Accepted 4
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 2
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students5
    • Female Percentage100%
    • Male Percentage0%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students5
    • Part-time Percentage80%
    • Full-time Percentage20%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino20%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian60%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown20%