M1 & M2 in LLCER – Specialization in English and American Studies : Early Modernities

Early Modernities (16th to 18th centuries)

This program, the only one of its kind in France, aims to introduce French and international students to a significant period of western modernity using an innovative, historical approach.

The program blends its seminars with those of other master’s programs. Our students will receive thorough, multidisciplinary training that will not only make them highly sought-after specialists of the modern Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romanticism periods, but also competent analysts of the contemporary period who are able to examine major issues in light of the ideas and mentalities of the era. Graduates of our program will be adequately prepared to pursue doctoral studies, such as a joint program with one of our partner universities abroad, or sit competitive national entrance exams.

Download the 2023-2024 course brochure for the Early Modernities program here

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Compulsory pre-requisite 

A degree in Anglophone Studies (or equivalent, submitted to the agreement of the Admissions Committee).


Excellent oral and written English (C1 minimum). If you’re not from a EU country and not from an anglophone country, you’ll need to provide an internationally recognized language test certificate (eg scores: 7 for IELTS, 100 for TOEFL, 130 for Duolingo, or the Cambridge Proficiency certificate).

Ability to argue a point in English; excellent knowledge of the cultures and literatures of the anglophone world. Autonomy and self-reliance.

French Language

French proficiency is not required for the Research Programmes, but a basic command of French is recommended. 

General criteria for admission

The Admissions Commission will pay particular attention to the student’s undergraduate curriculum and grades (especially third-year results), and to the cover letter, which must be written in English. Extra-curricular activities (projects, internships, volunteer work…) may also be taken into account. 

Guidelines to help you write your cover letter

Make sure you don’t write a standard chatGPT-style cover letter. Avoid clichés and instead try to give an idea of who you are, what your interests are. You can try answering these kinds of questions:

  • why do you wish to attend this programme ? What aspects of the syllabus interest you most?
  • what types of objects are you most interested in (poetry, theatre, text and image, etc.), and why. Try not to stick to your tastes, but explain why you’re interested in this or that genre.
  • What are your cultural practices and activities (which kinds of books, podcasts, cultural venues, museums, etc.). Here too, explain why.
  • Think of thesis subjects you might like to explore: choose two topics and describe them in a few lines each (what medium, what period, what corpus, what issue…), and sketch the approach you would adopt (what type of sources would be relevant, what methodologies, what theoretical works?). Note that faculty members will help you find and formulate your final thesis topic across the first semester. Your thesis advisor will then supervise your research.
  • Are you a native English-speaker, or have you visited or lived in anglophone countries? If so, for how long?

Head of Program

Ladan Niayesh