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Honors Minors


Minors in the Honors Program are expected to complete the requirements of minors in course, including taking Senior Capstone (FREN 091) in the spring semester of the senior year.

  • Complete 5 credits in courses or seminars numbered 14 or above. Three of these credits must be completed on the Swarthmore campus.  Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the Honors minor. FREN 16 can only count once to fulfill the Honors minor's requirement. 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 minor.
  • Complete at least a six-week program of study in a French-speaking country. See the Study Abroad section.
  • Complete Senior Capstone (FREN 091) in the spring semester of the senior year, which includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 20 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor.
  • Complete at least one advanced course (above FREN 15) before taking a seminar.
  • Work on one two-credit seminar preparation or an approved paired course preparation.


The Honors Exam for Minors and Preparations

Minors must complete a single, two-credit seminar preparation (consisting of two units of credit) 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 the 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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