French Studies Major (B.A.)
This major gives students a variety of perspectives not only on French and Francophone literature but also on a variety of other issues pertaining to the Francophone world. 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. Check out our alumni stories here.
The major consists of 44 credits in French courses numbered 631 or above and of cross-listed courses in other departments, including the following requirements:
|FREN 631||Advanced French: Reading and Writing||4|
|FREN 632||Advanced French: Listening and Speaking||4|
|FREN 651||Readings in French Literature||4|
|FREN 652||Readings in French Literature||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Topics in French Civilization|
|Topics in Francophone Culture|
|France in the European Union|
|FREN 790||Advanced Language and Style||4|
|Select two 700-level courses in French or Francophone literature||8|
|Select at least three elective courses (12 credits) closely related to French and Francophone cultural studies 1||12|
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.
Coursework for the French studies major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The UNH-managed study abroad program in Dijon is highly recommended. It offers both year- and semester-long programs. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in close consultation with a major adviser and the UNH Center for International Education. Students in majors with inflexible curricula who wish to complete a second major in French studies should consult with a French adviser about alternate means of satisfying the study abroad requirement.
Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.
The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style.
The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.
Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.
French studies majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.