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Bachelor of Arts in French

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French and Italian Programs

The department offers the major in French, an option in Italian, and an option in French and Italian studies. Prospective majors should consult the department during or before the second semester of the sophomore year.

Students pursuing a major in French or an option in Italian are encouraged to take courses in European studies, European history, art history, and philosophy, as well as English and foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics. Students often combine a major in French or the option in Italian with majors in business, humanities, journalism, the sciences, premedicine, or prelaw.

Language majors are useful in a variety of careers. The study of languages, literatures, and cultures enhances personal growth and broadens professional horizons, allowing fuller participation in an increasingly global community.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

The normal course progression for first- and second-year students considering a major in French is FREN 110, FREN 120, FREN 230, and FREN 240. FREN 230 and FREN 240 may be replaced by FREN 234. Eligible students are encouraged to enroll in honors sections of third-semester French (FREN 231) and fourth-semester French (FREN 241). FREN 300 is the prerequisite for all other 300-level courses, although FREN 300 and FREN 375 may be taken concurrently. FREN 326 is the prerequisite for all 400-level courses. The normal course progression for first- and second-year students considering the option in Italian is ITAL 110, ITAL 120, ITAL 230, and ITAL 240. Eligible students are encouraged to enroll in intensive sections of first-semester Italian (ITAL 155) and second-semester Italian (ITAL 156).

Requirements for the B.A. Major

French Major

A total of 30 hours is required, as follows:

Option in Italian

At least 24 credit hours are required beyond ITAL 240. Among these are

  • ITAL 300 Composition and Conversation (3)
  • ITAL 315 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3)
  • 6 credit hours earned through any combination of the following: (6)
    ITAL 301 Introduction to Italian Literature I (3)
    ITAL 302 Introduction to Italian Literature II (3)
    *ITAL 495 Directed Readings in Italian (3)
    *ITAL 695 Graduate Directed Readings in Italian (3)
  • At least 12 hours chosen from the following courses: (12)
    ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians I (3)
    ITAL 336 Italy and the Italians II (3)
    ITAL 405 Italian Literature in Translation: _____ (3)
    ITAL 410 19th- and 20th-Century Short Stories (3)
    ITAL 420 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry (3)
    ITAL 430 Dante’s Masterpiece (3)
    ITAL 440 Italian Renaissance and Early Modern Literature (3)
    ITAL 465 19th- and 20th-Century Novels I (3)
    ITAL 466 19th- and 20th-Century Novels II (3)
    ITAL 502 Dante’s Divine Comedy I (3)
    ITAL 503 Dante’s Divine Comedy II (3)
    *ITAL 495 Directed Readings in Italian (3)
    *ITAL 695 Graduate Directed Readings in Italian (3)
    *by permission of the Italian adviser only

The following courses do not count toward the maximum limit of 40 hours in the option: ITAL 110, ITAL 120, ITAL 155, ITAL 156, ITAL 230, ITAL 240, ITAL 303, and ITAL 304.

Option in French and Italian Studies

A total 30 hours is required, with courses in three areas of each language and culture, as follows:

Language Area

  • FREN 300 Intensive Review of French Grammar (3) or
    FREN 350 Applied French Grammar and Composition I (3) or
    FREN 352 French for Journalism and Business (3)
  • FREN 375 Intermediate French Conversation (3) or
    FREN 376 Advanced French Conversation (3)
  • ITAL 300 Composition and Conversation (3)
  • ITAL 315 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3)

Literature Area

Civilization Area

  • One 3-credit-hour course chosen from the following: (3)
    FREN 410 Survey of French Culture I
    FREN 420 Survey of French Culture II
    FREN 430 La France d’Aujourd’hui
    FREN 431 French-Speaking World (Outside France)
    FREN 440 Studies in French Culture: _____
    FREN 592 French Culture Through Film I, Beginnings to 1950
    FREN 593 French Culture Through Film II, 1950–Present
  • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians I (3) or
    ITAL 336 Italy and the Italians II (3)

The appropriate language adviser may allow students to replace a course they do not need with a course at the appropriate level chosen from within the major or concentration. Students must complete 15 hours in each language.

Graduation Plans

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for French, Italian, or French and Italian studies.

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