French and Francophone Studies is offered as a major or minor in the course program and as a major or minor in Honors. Starting with an intensive three-semester language sequence, the program prepares students to take advanced courses conducted entirely in French by their sophomore year. Students normally complete the sequence 14-15 before taking advanced classes taught in French. The section also offers an array of classes taught in English, including courses studying literature in translation, critical theory, and film studies. Taken together, our program offers a full complement of courses designed to accommodate the needs and interests of all students, both majors and non-majors.
All French and Francophone Studies majors and minors, including students preparing for a secondary school teaching certificate, should complete a study abroad program in a French-speaking country.
Majors and minors in the course and Honors programs are expected to be proficient in spoken and written French and to do the larger part of their work in French, i.e, discussions and papers in courses and seminars and all oral and written examinations, including oral defense of the senior paper and Honors examinations.
To apply for a major or minor in French and Francophone Studies, speak with the chair or one of your professors in French and Francophone Studies to discuss your options and then follow the process described by the Dean's and Registrar's Offices for your Sophomore Plan.