Major in French and French Studies
The major in French and French Studies is an interdisciplinary program which examines the language, literature, history, culture, and society of France and of other Francophone countries. The minimum requirement for a major in French and French Studies is eight full courses numbered Fren 313 or higher (see the breakdown below). During their final semester, senior French and French Studies majors participate in the Fren 435 seminar where they research a French and French Studies topic of their choosing and complete a sustained piece of writing on the subject in French. In addition, majors must study in a French-speaking country for at least a semester, preferably the fall semester Sewanee in Paris Program (SIPP). In exceptional cases, the department is willing to offer one of the following two alternatives in fulfilling the study-abroad requirement: study abroad program for a summer (5 to 6 weeks, 2 course credits) approved by the department and one additional 400-level course taken in the department; or without any study abroad, two additional 400-level courses taken in the department. If a student doesn't study abroad, he or she must also offer in writing a satisfactory reason explaining the impossibility of studying in a French-speaking country.
French and French Studies majors take the following three courses:
- Fren 313: Writing and Speaking French
- Fren 314: Introduction to Literature, Culture, and History of the French-Speaking World
- Fren 435: French and French Studies Senior Seminar
French and French Studies majors take a minimum of three of the following courses:
- Fren 400: Directed Reading
- Fren 401: Early French Literature
- Fren 403: The Seventeenth Century
- Fren 405: The Eighteenth Century
- Fren 407: The Nineteenth Century
- Fren 409: Contemporary Literature
- Fren 411: Culture through History
- Fren 413: Modern France through Films and Other Texts
- Fren 415: History of French Cinema
- Fren 417: Topics of the French-Speaking World (may be retaken for credit when the topic is different)
- Fren 418: The Art of French-English Translation
- Fren 419: Introduction to French Linguistics
- Fren 444: Independent Study
Finally, French and French Studies majors take at least two related courses from a semester program in a French-speaking country, preferably our own "Sewanee Fall Semester in Paris” program (see the description below).
The Sewanee Fall Semester in Paris applies place-based learning abroad, using the City of Light as a rich field laboratory, thereby enabling on-site examination of that which can only be approached textually and via images and film on this side of the Atlantic. Classes meet at the center of our partnering institution, APA (Academic Programs Abroad), with instruction offered by a Sewanee faculty member and APA's excellent teaching staff. The Program consists of four full courses: Fren 322, "Langue, Littérature, Culture" in Paris; Advanced French Language and Oral Expression in Paris; Contemporary France; and 19th-Century French Painting and Sculpture in Paris. The program will also include two weekend trips, one to Burgundy and one to Mont Saint-Michel and Britanny, multiple one-day or afternoon excursions in and around Paris, and weekly cultural opportunities to attend plays, concerts, and dance performances in some of Paris's great performing arts centers.
All majors (and minors where possible) are expected to live in the French House for at least one semester; application forms are available in the department. La Maison Française also serves as the major site for most Cercle Français activity, and majors and minors are likewise expected to participate in the Cercle's cultural program, just as they should come regularly to the weekly Table Française.
Majors in French and French Studies may obtain honors by achieving a 3.5 departmental GPA. Only courses required for the major, including courses taken during the last semester of their senior year, will count.