The one-year bilingual master degree in World Literatures and Cultures has had many successful graduates. Find out what our graduates said about their experience and where it has taken them.
“The Master in World Literatures and Cultures really helped me with my research and synthesis skills. As a result, I was able to complete a research project over several months with the help of my professors and classmates. Because of the diversity of specialization of the program’s professors, each student could realistically write their major research paper on a subject that they were passionate about. For me, comic books weren’t viewed favourably by the French literature department, even despised. The bilingual aspect of the program also helped me improve my translation skills. In short, having worked as a translator, a professor of French as a second language, a professor of translation, and a professor of literature (my current position), I can confirm without a shadow of a doubt that the Master in World Literatures and Cultures helped me a lot from a professional standpoint. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing.” – Nicolas Bilodeau (translated from French)
“The World Literatures and Cultures (WLC) program was a wonderful experience. I made great friends and connected with others from different cultures, while together we engaged in the course material and developed our intercultural competence skills together. The one thing I appreciated the most in the program was the small class sizes and the emphasis on discussions in our courses. Every class, I looked forward to hearing the opinions and interpretations of my classmates, as well as those of the professors. Unlike my undergraduate experience, I felt like the WLC program provided the encouragement to challenge our assumptions and share our thoughts in an open and encouraging environment. Secondly, I also appreciated the freedom given to us to pursue our own research and academic interests in the program. For instance, I combined literary research with interviews I conducted, which was all overseen by my supervisor in a social sciences department. I highly valued the flexibility the program provided. Finally, I can say with confidence that the skills and knowledge I developed in the WLC program helped me to land a wonderful job working in the settlement and immigrant services sector in Ottawa.” – Zac Tabler
“I was fortunate to attend a multidisciplinary program like the Master of Arts in World Literatures and Cultures at the University of Ottawa over the course of a year. All the courses were different but shared many common themes such as literatures, cultures, migration and immigration, linguistics and languages. The subject material was always relevant to what was happening in the world and the class discussions were a great way to share different perspectives and theories. The program length (one year only) was perfect because I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time and quickly insert myself into the workforce. The cohort was great as well, we were all friends and enjoyed coming to class each week to discuss new themes together. I appreciated the fact that there were two classes that focused on research and writing at the masters level which helped towards producing my major research project (MRP). The skills that I learned in this program have carried through into my second masters degree and into my career as well. I am thankful to have had this enjoyable academic experience that has taught me so much. The class sizes were small and intimate and the professors were passionate about their subject material. In conclusion, I would recommend this program to those who wish to pursue further education in humanities across a wide range of disciplines.” – Katarina G.
“My experience while pursuing the one-year MA in World Literatures and Cultures was truly an unforgettable one. I had the pleasure of working with professors that are experts in their field who were bilingual, supportive, and gave me and my cohort many opportunities to explore an array of subjects – some of which we had never even considered.
Not only that, my cohort was comprised of highly engaged, brilliant students with strong foundations in many fields our diverse ideas and perspectives in the classroom created an atmosphere for constructive, intellectually challenging, and memorable discussions about history and today’s world.
As someone that previously came from Social Sciences, I felt that I had a lot to learn, but ultimately, I graduated from the program feeling confident about my ability to engage with film, art, literature and other forms on media.
For anyone thinking about pursuing this program, I would say don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to get an unmatched education at the Master’s level. With the tools and theories I’ve been equipped with, activities such as watching foreign films and travel have new meaning. This fall, I’m starting my PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University; and I can say that this MA made this academic pursuit possible and renewed my passion for humanities and social sciences.” – Marcelle-Anne Fletcher
“I am currently pursuing my doctorate in the PhD in Humanities Program at York University. I am hoping to explore digital diasporas and digital activism (within the scope of Digital Humanities) during the course of my dissertation. I am a student as well a teaching assistant (TA for Foundations Course “Science and Humanities”). The Masters program in World Literatures and Cultures has helped me immensely by providing me with the academic exposure I needed to get into the current program. Being a truly interdisciplinary master program of one year only, it opened up an assortment of fields to choose from. Finally, the program has truly exceptional professors and staff members who strive to support your needs throughout the whole program and after.” – Nanditha Narayanamoorthy
“I am one of the Italian students who took part in a joint agreement between the University of Ottawa and the University of Udine in Italy.
I’m currently teaching English at Honda Italia (although the employment situation in Italy is not ideal, I was able to get a job right after getting back from my year of study in Canada in the World Literatures and Cultures (LCM) master program). The LCM degree enriched my curriculum and broadened my views and observations about various topics we covered in the courses. Accomplishing the LCM degree was mandatory to complete my studies in Italy. It was a challenging year and adapting to a totally new culture and different study system in Canada was somewhat difficult, but I’m very proud I’ve made it! Now I know the door is open for me to numerous future opportunities in Canada, even though, at the moment, I would like to spend some time in Italy or in Europe (but you can never tell what the future holds for you!).” – Eliana Fortunato
“This program was ideal for me because it united areas of study that interested me. It also allowed me to take classes part-time, in the evening after work. Starting in September 2012, I finished in August 2016 with the submission of my Major Research Project. I encourage all who are in the job market and who wish to do a part-time Master’s degree to consider the LCM program. In a few words, it’s internationalization at home! This program allows you to expand your horizons thanks to the international and intercultural element. A big, very big, thank you to the professors who taught me and who shared their knowledge and their passion unreservedly: May Telmissany and Douglas Clayton (Fall 2012); Agatha Schwartz (Winter 2013); Rebecca Margolis (Fall 2014); Richard Sokoloski (Winter 2015) and Joerg Esleben (Winter 2016). Special thanks to Professor Margolis, my MRP supervisor, and Professor Schwartz, the second reader.” – Line Bissonnette (translated from French)
“I currently work as a data analyst for a global company that was looking for someone polyvalent and able to quickly learn multiple new concepts. The intensive quality of the World Literatures and Cultures program is what put me at the front of the pack. The fact that the program touches upon so many disciplines was also an advantage because it demonstrated that I have diverse interests and that I am capable of juggling many different concepts (in my job I have to be able to analyse problems from every department, from print production to sales, from client service to logistics, all while taking into account human, technical, and financial factors).” – Agostino Delannoy (translated from French)
“The Master’s in World Literatures and Cultures let me discover one of my passions – cultural identity (especially in bilingual situations). This allowed me to learn about myself and about how bilingualism can have an effect on a person’s identity. Today, I’m living in Spain and I’m teaching English as a Second Language to young Spaniards, all while learning a new language myself. I am always immersed in bilingualism, even trilingualism!” – Julie Mongeon (translated from French)