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College of Arts and Sciences

French Major and Minor

romance languages and literatures

Major Requirements

30 credits (10 three-credit courses) which must include:

12 credits (4 foundation courses) to be chosen from among the following:

  • FREN 3305 Introduction to Drama and Poetry
  • FREN 3306 Introduction to Narrative Forms
  • FREN 3307 Masterpieces of French Literature
  • FREN 3308 Advanced Language Studies in French
  • FREN 3309 Topics in French Culture and Civilization

Please note: Students may repeat a semester of FREN 3307, FREN 3308, or FREN 3309 as an elective with the permission of the instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

12 credits (4 advanced courses) in French language, literature, or culture at the 4000 level or above.

6 credits (2 elective courses) to be chosen among the following:

  • FREN 2210 French Composition, Conversation and Reading II (as entry level courses only)
  • Additional Courses at the 3000 or 4000 level in French
  • Related courses with departmental permission

Notes and Conditions

  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a major: 15 credits (5 three-credit courses) for one year of study, 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) for one semester of study. No RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad conducted in English taken during a semester or academic year program.
  • Students who do not study abroad are allowed a maximum of two related courses outside the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Students who transfer a minimum of 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) from study abroad must take their remaining courses towards the major in the department.
  • All RLL majors are required to enroll in an advanced course each semester of their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the ten-course requirement for the major.

Minor Requirements

18 credits (6 three-credit courses), which must include:

6 credits (2 foundation courses) to be chosen from among the following:

  • FREN 3305 Introduction to Drama and Poetry
  • FREN 3306 Introduction to Narrative Form
  • FREN 3307 Masterpieces of French Literature
  • FREN 3308 Advanced Language Studies in French
  • FREN 3309 Topics in French Culture and Civilization

3 credits (1 advanced course) at the 4000 or 7000 level

9 credits (3 elective courses) to be chosen among the following

  • FREN 2209 and FREN 2210 French Composition, Conversation and Reading I and II (as entry level courses only)
  • Additional Courses at the 3000 or 4000 level in French

Notes and Conditions

  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a minor: nine credits (3 three-credit courses) for one year of study, 6 credits (2 three-credit courses) for one semester of study. No RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad conducted in English taken during a semester or academic year program.
  • All RLL minors must enroll in one advanced course during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the six-course requirement for the minor.
Ship reproduction, Hermione

A faithful reproduction of the "Hermione," the eighteenth-century ship that brought the Marquise de Lafayette to the United States came to Boston after its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. (photo: F. Mormando)