The major provides structure and coherence while also preserving flexibility so that students can chart their own way through upper-level courses. The major focuses on the following areas of learning and student growth:
- Language proficiency in French
- Critical thinking
- French/Francophone literature and film
- French culture, history and society
- Understanding of the francophone world beyond France
- Experiential learning
Majors take a minimum of eleven courses beyond the introductory level.
I. The common core consists of the following courses:
- FREN 201: French Conversation (fall semester)
- FREN 203: French Composition (spring semester)
- FREN 216: Advanced French (fall semester)
- FREN 224: Studies in French/Francophone Culture and Society (spring semester)
- FREN 220: Introduction to French and Francophone Texts (fall semester)
** Please note: majors may place out of FREN 201, FREN 203, and FREN 216, depending on their high school preparation in French.
II. Majors are required to take a selection of electives (at the 200-level or above) within the department. Please see the course catalogue for a full list of offerings.
III. Study abroad is strongly recommended, without being a formal requirement for the major. Students completing a semester in France or another French-speaking country may count up to four courses taken abroad towards the major. Please refer to the list of College-endorsed study abroad programs.
IV. All majors complete the Independent Study sequence:
- FREN 401: Junior Independent Study
- FREN 451: Senior Independent Study
- FREN 452: Senior Independent Study