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Contact Undergraduate Advising Head for French and Francophone Studies, Michael Randall.


Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) for 2017–2018 are:


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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 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 good use.

In French and Francophone Studies, students pursue their interests in French language, as well as in French and Francophone literature, film, and culture, while learning to express themselves clearly and effectively when they speak and write. Students develop strong analytical and interpretive skills as they discover the historical depth and geographical breadth of literary and cultural expression in French, enhance their sensitivity to cultural difference, and deepen their understanding of the linguistic, cultural, and political complexities of the French-speaking world in Europe, North America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

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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 language course, they are advised to enroll in FREN 104b, the first course in the sequence that counts toward the minor.
  • Students who scored 620–710 on the French SAT II exam, 4 on the French Advanced Placement exam, or 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, 5 on the French AP exam, or 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.
  • 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 French and Francophone Studies courses numbered 110 or above. Only one of the seven may be satisfied with a cross-listed course. FREN 92a and 97a may satisfy this requirement according to the guidelines listed below.

D. At the end of their studies in French and Francophone Studies (usually during the spring semester of the senior year), all students pursuing a major will participate in an oral presentation and discussion of a sample of their work that best demonstrates their proficiency in and knowledge of French and Francophone Studies.

Notes:
  • No grade below a C- will be given credit toward the major.
  • No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.
  • 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 the fall of their 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 of the Undergraduate Advising Head.
  • Students may receive credit for an elective for the major for one cross-listed or related course taught in English with prior permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head.

All students pursuing a French and Francophone Studies major will be assigned an advisor in the department, usually the Undergraduate Advising Head.

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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. FREN 106b (The Art of Composition).

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

C. Three electives from French and Francophone Studies courses numbered 104 or above. FREN 92a may satisfy this requirement according to the guidelines listed below. Cross-listed courses may not be used to satisfy the minor requirements.

Notes:

  • No grade below a C- will be given credit toward the minor.
  • No course taken pass/fail may count toward the minor requirements.
  • 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, usually the Undergraduate Advising Head.

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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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