French Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts
This major gives students a variety of perspectives not only on French culture but also on Francophone cultures worldwide. A major in French studies prepares graduates to negotiate successfully the economic reality of an increasingly international job market, and provides them with a wide range of career prospects after they leave the University.
The major consists of 44 credits in French courses numbered 631 or above and of cross-listed courses in other departments, including the requirements below. Coursework for the French Studies major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Core Courses (6 courses/24 credits)
These courses must be taken at the Durham campus.
|FREN 631||Advanced French Conversation and Composition I||4|
|FREN 632||Advanced French Conversation and Composition II||4|
|FREN 651||Readings in French Literature||4|
|FREN 652||Readings in French Literature||4|
|FREN 675 OR
FREN 676 OR
|Topics in French Civilization OR
Topics in Francophone Culture OR
France in the European Union
|FREN 790*||Advanced Language and Style||4|
*FREN 790 fulfills the Discovery Program Capstone Requirement.
Elective Literature Courses (2 courses/8 credits)
Two 700-level French or Francophone literature courses.
Elective Cultural Studies Courses (3 courses/12 credits)
At least three elective courses (12 credits) closely related to French and Francophone cultural studies are required.
These are to be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser from among the following departments: history, geography, or anthropology, one 600- to 700-level course; art history or music, one 600- to 700-level course; economics, political science, or education, one 600- to 700-level course.
Majors are required to spend at least one semester in a French-speaking country. The department offers a UNH-managed program at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France (see FREN 690). This program spans either the fall or spring semester or the entire academic year and is open to all qualified UNH students who have completed, with a grade of B- or better, FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652 by the end of the semester preceding their departure. Early consultation with the director of the program is urged. Non-credit orientation meetings are required during the semester prior to departure. It is also possible to study in another French-speaking country through a program approved by the Center of International Education.
Summer Study in Dijon
For French Studies double majors unable to spend a semester abroad for documented reasons we offer an eight weeks of intensive French literature, culture, and civilization courses at the CIEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises) in Dijon, France (FREN 691). Students must have completed, with a grade of B- or better, FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652. By petition only.
Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program.
Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.
To complement their major, students are strongly encouraged to take either HIST 647 or 648 and courses in the literature of other countries as well as in fields such as music, art, philosophy, history, political science, and sociology that provide insight into nonliterary aspects of culture.
Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, students may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.
Graduating with Honors
Students with a 3.25 GPA overall and in their major are eligible to work for honors in the major. Requirements include at least one French course for honors (H) at the 600-level, two such courses at the 700-level, and a senior honors thesis (two semesters of FREN 799). Learn more