- Take eight advanced courses or seminars numbered 004 or above for a minimum of 8 credits. Note that AP, IB credits and FREN 005 will not count toward the major. FREN 007 can only count once to fulfill the major credit requirement.
- Foreign study is required for all majors. It is strongly recommended that majors participate in the Swarthmore Program in Grenoble. See the Study Abroad section for rules on transfer of credit.
- Take one advanced course with a Francophone component.
- Take Senior Colloquium (FREN 091) in fall semester of senior year. This includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 30 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor and advisor or one other professor in the program. The defense of the paper with the entire French and Francophone faculty takes place at the end of the fall semester.
French and Francophone Studies also offers courses in French literature in translation, but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the major.
To graduate with a major in French and Francophone Studies, you must have a grade average of C or better within the discipline, have studied in a French-speaking country, and have completed our culminating exercise, described above.
Culminating Exercise: Thesis
The culminating exercise in French and Francophone studies consists of completing French 091, Senior Colloquium in which you will write an independent research thesis of 30 pages and defend it in front of a panel of faculty members.
To be accepted as a course major, you must have taken French 004 or the equivalent, earning grades no less than a C.