Ten 4-credit courses or the equivalent at the 200 level or above, including:
- The basis for the major in French Studies: FRN 230;
- One language course at the advanced level;
- One course on literature or culture before 1900;
- Three additional four-credit courses in French Studies at the 300 level or higher, of which two must be taken in the senior year.
In consultation with her major adviser, a student may count toward the major four four-credit courses in appropriate departments other than French studies; at least two of these four courses must be taught in French.
All students are encouraged to fulfill requirement #3. It will be in effect beginning with the class of 2020.
No more than one course counting toward the major may be taken for the grade of S/U. Students considering graduate school in the humanities are encouraged to take CLT 300 Literary Theory and Literary Practice: Conflicts and Consensus.
- As students learn and master the French language, they gain the ability to listen and speak articulately, read and analyze texts, cultural artifacts and digital media critically, and write clearly.
- As they explore French and Francophone cultures, society, history, institutions and thought, they develop historical and comparative depth of perspective.
- As they take courses in other departments and/or programs, they build an interdisciplinary framework to develop a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the French and Francophone world.
- As they engage with communities beyond Smith through study, internships, volunteer and other work opportunities abroad, they become global citizens who value tolerance, appreciate diversity and thereby become prepared to face the challenges of living in a rapidly changing world.