Major in French & Francophone Studies

The major consists of 12 French courses above French 200. To declare a major, students should meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator and the Undergradute Chair, who will approve a course of studies.

Required Courses

At least 50% of the courses required for the major must be taken at Penn.

Advanced Language- Choose One

(Must be taken in the department at Penn)

French 212: Advanced Grammar and Composition

French 214: Advanced Composition and Conversation

History & Culture- Choose Two

(At least one course must be taken in the department at Penn)

French 226: French History & Culture Until 1789

French 227: French History & Culture 1789-1945

French 228: Contemporary France

French 229: French in the World

Literature & Arts- Choose Two

(Both must be taken in the department at Penn)

French 230: Masterpieces of French Cinema

French 231: French Literature (Focus on "Love and Passion")

French 232: French Literature (Focus on the "Individual and Society")

French 233: Francophone Literature and Film

Electives

Seven (7) additional french courses are required for the completion of the major; five (5) must be taken at the 300-level. Of the five 300-level courses, at least two (2) must be completed in the department at Penn. Up to three French courses may be completed on study abroad programs. The remaining two (2) credits may be major-related or French courses, taken either at the 200- or 300-level. All courses, except major related, must be taught in French. 
NB: French courses taught in English (e.g., French 250) can only count toward the major as major-related courses.

Research Requirement

All French Studies majors will be required to complete a research paper of 12-15 pages in French with bibliography and notes. Students can choose to do this in any 300-level course taken at Penn during the senior year, and should consult with the instructor, who will certify that the student has completed the research requirement. One copy of the paper must be submitted to the Undergraduate Chair before the major certification is approved for graduation.

 

Requirements Prior to 2016 (to be utilized by students graduating in Spring 2016)

Required Courses

French 212 or 214: “Advanced Grammar and Composition” or “Advanced Composition and Conversation” or equivalent

French 221 or 222: “Perspectives in French Literature,” the former focused on passion, the latter on the relationship between individual and society

French 226: “French Civilization from its Beginning to 1789”

French 227: “Modern France from 1789-1945”

Elective Courses

Eight (8) additional french courses are required for the completion of the major; six (6) must be taken at the 300-level. Of the six 300-level courses, two (2) must be completed in the department at Penn. Four French courses may be completed on study abroad programs. The remaining two (2) credits may be major-related or French courses, taken either at the 200- or 300-level. All courses, except major related, must be taught in french. At least 50% of the courses required for the major must be taken at Penn.
NB: French courses taught in English (e.g., French 250) can only count toward the major as major-related courses.

Research Requirement

All French Studies majors will be required to complete a research paper of 12-15 pages in French with bibliography and notes. Students can choose to do this in any 300-level course taken at Penn during the senior year, and should consult with the instructor, who will certify that the student has completed the research requirement. One copy of the paper must be submitted to the Undergraduate Chair before the major certification is approved for graduation.