Major/Minor

Major

French Major information

The major provides structure and coherence while also preserving flexibility so that students can chart their own way through upper-level courses, defining areas of particular interest. Students work to develop advanced proficiency in French, while also building knowledge and skills in the following general areas:

  • Literature and film
  • French culture, history and society
  • Cultures, history, and societies of the francophone world (beyond France)
  • Critical thinking and research
  • Experiential learning and international engagement

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 that majors may place out of FREN 201, FREN 203, and FREN 216, depending on their high school preparation in French. In addition, appropriate courses taken as part of study abroad may replace core courses (contingent upon approval by department).

II. Majors are required to take at least six electives at the 200-level or above. Appropriate courses taken abroad may count as electives. At least two 300-level electives must be taken on campus. 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 are encouraged to discuss study abroad opportunities early on with departmental faculty members and with the Off-Campus Study staff. Students completing a semester in France or another French-speaking country may count up to four courses taken abroad toward the major. When registering for courses abroad, students are encouraged to select courses taught in French (and not in English). Please refer to the list of College-endorsed study abroad programs in the French-speaking world. In particular circumstances, students may request permission to participate in a non-endorsed program.

IV. All majors complete the Independent Study sequence:

  • FREN 451: Senior Independent Study
  • FREN 452: Senior Independent Study

V. Special notes

  • Only grades of C- or higher are accepted for the major
  • Only one course taught in English may count toward the major
  • Majors are not permitted to take courses in the department on a S/NC (pass/fail) basis

Minor

French Minor Information

Minors take a minimum of six 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 that minors may place out of FREN 201, FREN 203, and FREN 216, depending on their high school preparation in French. In addition, appropriate courses taken as part of study abroad may replace core courses (contingent upon approval by department).

II. Minors also take a certain number of electives (the number will vary) at the 200-level or above. At least one 300-level elective must be taken on campus. Please see the course catalogue for a full list of offerings.

III. Study abroad is strongly recommended, without being a formal requirement for the minor. Students are encouraged to discuss study abroad opportunities early on with departmental faculty members and with the Off-Campus Study staff. Students completing a semester in France or another French-speaking country may count up to three courses taken abroad toward the minor. When registering for courses abroad, students are strongly encouraged to select courses taught in French (and not in English). Please refer to the list of College-endorsed study abroad programs. In particular situations, students may request permission to participate in a non-endorsed program.