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French, Francophone, and Italian Studies

french and francophone studies

CURRICULUM

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The French and Francophone Studies department at HWS offers integrated courses in language, culture and literature that reflect the rich diversity of French-speaking cultures throughout the world.

The French and Francophone Studies department offers a disciplinary major and minor as well as an interdisciplinary major and minor.

Departmental instruction is in French (FRE); except for courses offered in English (FRNE).

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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DISCIPLINARY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES MAJOR (B.A.)

disciplinary, 10 courses

All FRN courses numbered 225 or above count toward the major. One FRNE French/Francophone literature or culture course taken in English may count toward the major. Courses must include: two FRN 240-level courses (or equivalent); two FRN 250-level courses preferably before the senior year; two FRN 300-level courses, one in the senior year, as well as and three additional French or Francophone language, culture, or literature courses selected in consultation with the adviser. Upon declaring a disciplinary French and Francophone Studies major, the students may select an area of concentration. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted towards the major, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

Requirements for the Traditions Francaises Track for the Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 10 courses

FRN 241, FRN 244, FRN 251, FRN 252, and FRN 254 before the senior year; one Francophone course at the 200- or 300-level; two FRN 300-level French literature courses taught in French, one in the senior year; and three additional FRN electives selected in consultation with the adviser. No more than one French/Francophone literature and culture course taken in English (FRNE) may count toward the major. French majors pursuing this track are strongly encouraged to pursue off campus study in France. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the major, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

Requirements for the Parcours Muticulturels Track for the Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 10 courses

FRN 242, FRN 243, FRN 251,FRN 252 OR FRN 254, and FRN 253, before the senior year; one French 200- or 300-level course; two departmental 300-level Francophone courses, one in the senior year; and three French and Francophone electives, selected in consultation with the adviser. No more than one French/Francophone literature and culture course taken in English (FRNE) may count toward the major. French majors pursuing this track are strongly encouraged to pursue off-campus study in Senegal. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the major, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR (B.A.)

interdisciplinary, 14 courses

The sequence of courses consists of 1) eight departmental courses including two FRN 240-level courses; two FRN 250-level courses to be taken before the senior year; two FRN 300-level courses, and two French and Francophone electives selected in consultation with the adviser, and 2) six courses from other disciplines chosen in consultation with the adviser. No more than one French/Francophone literature and culture course taken in English (FRNE) may count toward the major. Upon declaring an interdisciplinary French and Francophone Studies major, the students may select an area of concentration. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the major, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES DISCIPLINARY MINOR

disciplinary, 6 courses

One FRN 240-level course; one Francophone course at the 200- or 300-level; and one 200- or 300-level French course. At least one of the FRN 200-level courses must be a FRN 250-level course taken before the senior year. Three additional FRN courses in consultation with the adviser. No more than one French/Francophone culture or literature course taught in English may count toward the minor. A semester abroad in one of the department programs is strongly recommended. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the minor, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONCENTRATION IN FRENCH INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

This minor combines a semester abroad with courses taken before and after that semester in an uninterrupted sequence. Requirements include one or two courses in French preceding the semester abroad, a semester abroad in one of our programs with four courses in any of the department programs, and one or two courses upon returning from abroad. The minor may begin at any level of language acquisition, including the 100- level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the minor, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

Six courses selected in consultation with the adviser. These courses will include one course at the French 240-level, one course at the French 250-level, the latter to be taken before the senior year; two courses in other disciplines approved by the adviser; and two additional FRN courses approved by the adviser. A semester abroad in one of the department programs is strongly recommended. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the minor, except under exceptional circumstances to be assessed by the department.