For More Information

Contact Undergraduate Advising Head for French and Francophone Studies, Martine Voiret.


Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) for 2014-2015 are: Leslie Kamel, Anjulika Sahgal, and Jessica Steindler.


Looking for a study group? Check out B.U.G.S.


Want to investigate what you can do with a French and Francophone Studies major/minor? Visit the Hiatt Career Center here!


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La Table Française

October 6th at 6:30 pm
Upper Usdan
Join the Brandeis French and Francophone Club for dinner and practice your French language skills! La Table Française is open to all levels of language competency.


French and Francophone Studies

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The dragon gargoyle atop Notre-Dame in Paris, France.

In today’s world of globalization it is crucial for students to have an understanding of a broad range of cultures and languages. The French and Francophone studies program at Brandeis offers students a chance to study the Francophone world from a historical as well as a more contemporary perspective. By combining courses that span the geographical and cultural diversity of the modern Francophone world with more historically determined courses that plumb the earliest reaches of French cultural history, students can achieve a unique understanding of these rich and politically significant cultures. 

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Learning Goals for French and Francophone Studies



Curriculum Overview

As Michel de Montaigne wrote, "Learning to speak, read, write, and think in a new language teaches us to knock off our rough corners by rubbing our minds against other people's." The French and Francophone Studies program puts Montaigne's advice to use by allowing students to study the development of French and Francophone cultures throughout the world.

The French and Francophone Studies curriculum is designed to teach students to express themselves clearly and effectively in written and oral French, as well as to acquaint them with the historical depth and geographical breadth of literary and cultural expression in French.

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How to Become a Major or a Minor:

Students considering a French and Francophone Studies major or minor should complete the language requirement as soon as possible.
  • After students complete a 30-level French course, they are advised to enroll in FREN 104b.
  • Students who scored 620–710 on the French SAT II exam, who scored 4 on the French Advanced Placement exam, or who scored 5 on
  • the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam are usually advised to enroll in FREN 105a.
  • Students who scored 720 or above on the French SAT II exam, who scored 5 on the French AP exam, or who scored 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam should enroll in FREN 106b, the first course in the sequence that counts toward the major or minor.
  • Normally, students should take FREN 106b, FREN 110a, and/or FREN 111a before taking courses numbered above FREN 111.

Students interested in learning more about the major or minor are encouraged to speak with the French and Francophone Studies Undergraduate Advising Head.

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The major consists of nine semester courses:

A. FREN 106b (The Art of Composition).

B. FREN 110a (Cultural Representations) or FREN 111a (The Republic).

C. Seven electives from FREN courses numbered 110 or above.

Notes:
  • Students who take FREN 110a and FREN 111a may count one of them as an elective.
  • French and Francophone Studies majors have the option of writing a Senior Essay (FREN 97a) in fall of senior year as one of their electives.
  • Students may receive credit for courses in French taken abroad with prior permission from the Undergraduate Advising Head.
  • A French and Francophone Studies major who wishes to do an internship in a French or Francophone environment on or off campus may enroll in FREN 92a. Students arrange their own internships with prior permission from the Undergraduate Advising Head.
  • Students may count one cross-listed or related course taught in English as one elective for the major with prior permission from the Undergraduate Advising Head.

All students pursuing a French and Francophone Studies major will be assigned an advisor in the department.

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Honors

To be considered for departmental honors upon graduation, students must successfully complete FREN 97a (Senior Essay) in the fall of their senior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all French courses, and apply to the department for permission to enroll in FREN 99b (Senior Thesis) in the spring of their senior year. Departmental honors are awarded based on cumulative excellence in all courses taken in the major, including the senior essay and thesis (for complete information about the FREN Senior Essay/Honors Thesis, please click here).

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The minor consists of five semester courses:

A. Three electives from FREN courses numbered 104 or above.

B. FREN 106b (The Art of Composition).

C. FREN 110a (Cultural Representations) or FREN 111a (The Republic).

Notes:

  • Students who take FREN 110a and FREN 111a may count one of them as an elective.
  • Students may receive credit for courses in French taken abroad with prior permission from the Undergraduate Advising Head.
  • A French and Francophone Studies minor who wishes to do an internship in a French or Francophone environment on or off campus may enroll in FREN 92a. Students arrange their own internships with prior permission from the Undergraduate Advising Head.

All students pursuing a French and Francophone Studies minor will be assigned an advisor in the department.

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Career and Education Opportunities

Students who have pursued French and Francophone studies have gone on to have successful careers in the Foreign Service, and in the areas of international development, international business and academia. The Hiatt Career Center has a page devoted to French and Francophone studies, which has a host of information specific to majors. For sample internships, alumni career paths, transferable skills, and links to professional websites, please visit the Hiatt French and Francophone Studies Page.

The Hiatt Center has also compiled student destination data from Post-Grad surveys over the last five years. To discover career paths other students have pursued, please visit the First Destination Data Page.

More information can be found on the Internship & Job Opportunities section of the ROMS website.

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