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Honors Majors


  • Majors in the Honors Program are expected to complete the requirements of majors in course, including taking Senior Colloquium (FREN 091) in the spring semester of the senior year.
  • Complete eight advanced courses or seminars numbered 14 or above for a minimum of 8 credits. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the Honors major. FREN 16 can only count once to fulfill the Honors major's requirement.
  • Study abroad is required for all honors majors. See the Study Abroad section.
  • Take one advanced course with a Francophone component.
  • Take Senior Capstone (FREN 091) in spring 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 spring semester.
  • Complete at least one advanced courses (above FREN 15) before taking a seminar.
  • Work on three preparations, two of which must be done through seminars while the third may be a seminar, a two-credit thesis, or an approved paired course preparation.

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 Honors major.

The Honors Exam for Majors and Preparations

Majors in the Honors program must do three preparations (consisting of six units of credit). Two of the preparations should be done through seminars chosen from the list below. The third preparation may be a seminar, a two-credit thesis, or an approved paired course preparation.

Seminars (Fall semester only, not all are offered every two years):

FREN 102. Le monde comique de Molière
FREN 104. La littérature et les sciences de la vie au 19e siècle (Automne 2022)
FREN 106. La Modernité
FREN 108. Littérature et cinéma modernes et contemporains 
FREN 109. Queering North American Subjectivitites (Automne 2021)
FREN 110. Histoires d'îles
FREN 111. Représentations coloniales 
FREN 112. Ecritures francophones
FREN 113. Re-Contons L'Histoire: Post-colonialité et fiction d'écritures françaises
FREN 116. La pensée géographique


Mode of Examination:

A three-hour written examination, and a one-half hour oral examination, both in French, will be required for each preparation.

Acceptance Criteria

Candidates are expected to have a "B" average in course work both in the department and at the college, have taken French 014 or the equivalent, and have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the study of literature or culture in the original language.

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