French & Francophone Studies

The Special Field of French and Francophone Studies emphasizes French language, literature, and culture, including influential recent work in various fields of the humanities and social sciences. Courses on Francophone subjects encourage students to explore the literatures and cultures of French-speaking nations and regions outside of Europe. Students are encouraged to develop individual programs of study. Some students may wish to focus on the evolution of fiction, drama, or film, or the literary history of a particular period; others may opt for cultural, theoretical, or sociological issues. All concentrators acquire proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking French, a familiarity with the long French literary tradition, and an awareness of current intellectual and sociological trends.


A. Courses in language and culture (minimum 2 courses or proficiency in French; maximum 3 courses)

Recommended courses (or equivalent as approved by the Special Field Adviser in French and Francophone Studies): 

FRENCH 40, FRENCH 50, FRENCH 55, FRENCH 59, and any course in the FRENCH 61 series.

B. Introductory courses in literary and cultural history (minimum 2 courses)

Recommended courses (or equivalents as approved by the Special Field Adviser in French and Francophone Studies):


C. Sophomore Tutorial (1 course)

      Recommended course:  FRENCH 97 or ROM-STD 97

D. Courses in RLL/FRENCH at the 80, 90, 100 and 200 levels (4 courses)

At least three of these courses must be taught in the target language. At least two must be at the 100-level or above.  N.B. At least one course in category B or D should deal with literature and culture before 1800.

E. Courses in related fields (minimum 2, maximum 4)

Content must be clearly related to French and Francophone Studies. Special Field Adviser or DUS may require that individual research related to the course, such as final paper, incorporate French or Francophone content.

F. Elective course (maximum 1 course)

Category A, B, D, E course, or approved Gateway or General Education course.

G. HONORS track (2 courses)

Students who qualify for the Honors track may elect a thesis or no-thesis option. See section on Honors track for details.

Use this worksheet to create and track a Plan of Study with your faculty adviser. Click here for the downloadable version of this page.


Image: Lance, Christopher. "Petite Paris, the Sorbonne" (detail). Creative Commons attribution.