A student majoring in French will achieve fluency in reading, writing, and speaking French. They must take ten courses (at least 30 credits) above the introductory level and write a senior evaluation. With approval from the Chair, one course can be taken in another department, provided it deals significantly with French art, music, history, and culture.
The senior evaluation is written over two semesters of the senior year. French majors register for a 1-credit Senior Evaluation I during the first semester of their senior year and, in consultation with the French Coordinator, develop a topic for their thesis, collect primary and secondary sources and write a detailed outline. During the second semester of their senior year, majors register for Senior Evaluation II and write their thesis.
French Minor Requirements
There are two options for minoring in French: the regular French minor and the French Studies minor.
Students who minor in French must take five courses (at least 15 credits) above the introductory level, one of which must be at the 3000-level. All courses must be in French.
French Studies Minor
Students who minor in French Studies must take six courses. Four of the six courses must be in French, above the introductory level, and one must be at the 3000-level. Two courses can be taken in English provided they deal significantly with French thought, literature, art, music, history or culture (see list below).
Current courses in English that can count toward the French major (maximum of one) or French Studies minor (maximum of two) with approval from the French Coordinator:
AFS/HIS 3125: Europeans and Americans through African Eyes
ll course work counted toward the major and minor must be taken for a letter grade and must receive a grade of C- or better.
ARH 2009 – 19th Century European Art
ARH 3032 – Impressionism
ARH 2018- 20th Century Painting
ENG 3107: Writing Africa: Col/Post Col
ENG 2077: Caribbean Literature
HIS 2044: French Revolution and Napoleon
FRN 2055: French Cinema: From the Nouvelle vague to the cinéma de banlieue (3 credits) (taught in English)
FRN 2055A: French Cinema: Readings and Discussion (1 credit) (taught in French, for French majors and minor. To be taken in conjunction with FRN 2055).
PHL 2067 20th-Century Philosophy
PHL 3014: Descartes
PHL 3029: Heidegger and Sartre
Departmental Honors are conferred upon graduating seniors who have maintained grade point average in French of 3.5 and have received a minimum grade of A- for Senior Evaluation I and II.