Degree Options

Plan A Majors

All Plan A students must choose to follow either a “French Language and Literature” track or a “French Studies” track within their major, which must normally be selected before the senior year, and specifically approved by the adviser. All Plan A majors are encouraged to study in an approved program in some part of the Francophone world.
 
All Plan A majors are required to have 11 courses beyond FREN 102. The following five are required: FREN 241. Advanced Composition and Style; FREN 251. French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to Romanticism; FREN 252. French Literature II: Modern French Literature (no more than one of these three may be by transfer credit); at least one FREN 355 course from the special topics cycle to be taken at Trinity College, and FREN 401.
 
The Writing Intensive Part II requirement for this major is fulfilled by FREN 401. Senior Seminar: Special Topics.
 
For Plan A majors choosing the “French Language and Literature” track, two courses among the remaining six elective courses may be taken in another discipline (numbered at other than the 100 level), focusing on France or on some aspect of Francophone studies. These courses may be found, for example, among the offerings of such departments or programs as English, history, fine arts, international studies, music, political science, the other sections of the Language and Culture Studies Department, or the equivalents of such offerings in any approved foreign study program.
 
For Plan A majors choosing the “French Studies” track, three such courses among the remaining six elective courses may be taken in another discipline (numbered at other than the 100 level).
 
Those choosing the “French Studies” track will develop a coherent concentration in close consultation with their adviser. Such concentrations might focus, for example, on the arts (including film) by including courses from the fine arts and the music departments, or the various film offerings inside and outside the French section; on literary studies by including courses from the classics and the English departments, or one of the other foreign cultures taught in the Language and Culture Studies Department (whether in the original language or in English); or on society by including courses from the history and the political science departments. Many other combinations are possible. 
 

Plan B Majors

Plan B majors whose primary concentration is French are required to have seven courses in French beyond FREN 102; the following are required: FREN 241, FREN 251 and 252, at least one French 300-level course (to be taken at Trinity College), and FREN 401. Among the remaining two elective courses, one course not offered under a French rubric (numbered at other than the 100 level) focusing on France or on some aspect of Francophone study may be counted toward the major (see examples under Plan A major above). 
 
Plan B majors whose secondary concentration is French are required to have five courses in French beyond FREN 102; the following are required: FREN 241, FREN 251, and FREN 252.
 
All Plan B majors are encouraged to study in an approved program in some part of the Francophone world.
 
The Writing Intensive Part II requirement for the French major is fulfilled by: FREN 401. Senior Seminar: Special Topics in French (required of all majors).
 
Honors—Students qualifying for honors in their French majors must attain a cumulative average of A- or better in all courses counting toward the major, including FREN 401.
 

Language Concentration ("Minor") in French

For students who wish to minor in French, this is a sequence of 5.5 credits beyond FREN 102 designed to develop linguistic skills and to give an appreciation of Francophone culture and civilization. The five required courses in French must include FREN 281. Conversational French: Current Events and can include, but are not limited to, FREN 250, 251, 252, or a 300-level course in French. The additional .5 credit can be achieved throughthe French Film Festival course (with written work done in French), or another 1-credit French course. A maximum of one course taught in English under the Language and Culture Studies rubric may be counted toward the minor, only if written work done in French. No more than one transfer credit taken in a program other than Trinity-in-Paris may be applied to the minor.
 
To declare a minor in French, contact Karen Humphreys, Jean-Marc Kehrès, or Sara Kippur. Students interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Francophone culture are referred to the French studies interdisciplinary minor.
 

French studies interdisciplinary minor

Coordinator: Assistant Professor Sara Kippur and Borden W. Painter, Jr., ’58/H’95 Professor of European History Kathleen Kete

The minor in French studies has at its heart a travel-abroad experience in France, because living abroad is so centrally important to the understanding of another culture. This minor gives students the opportunity to integrate their study-abroad experience with courses taken at Trinity both before and after their study abroad. Students who participate in the Paris Program are strongly encouraged to pursue this minor as are those who have taken a freshman seminar on Paris.

Course requirements:

The minor consists of six courses distributed as follows:

  • At least two courses must be taken at the Trinity home campus.
  • At least two courses taken as part of the Paris Program or other approved study abroad-programs in France on French topics or language.
  • At least one French course above FREN 202 or PARI 202 taken at the Trinity home campus.
  • A capstone course that must be completed after the return from study abroad and will allow students to integrate their experience abroad with their academic program at Trinity. Ordinarily, this course will originate in LACS. Other courses may substitute with the approval of the coordinators of the Minor.

Courses must be drawn from at least three categories of inquiry:

  • The arts
  • History, Politics, and thought
  • Language and Literature