Honors in French

The Honors Program in French offers talented majors the opportunity to take an active role in their own learning and to pursue their interests in-depth. Honors courses and independent study help students develop key skills of life-long learning, especially those involving critical thinking, writing, and research that will be useful in graduate study or future careers.

Qualified and interested students should enroll in honors versions of French courses (when available) and complete the normal requirements for a French major. To complete an honors degree in French, a student normally selects a thesis advisor and a topic by the end of his/her junior year. A student may enroll in F399 during the junior year in order to do this preliminary research, or the exploration can be done informally. A student may have an additional faculty advisor outside the French program, depending on the nature of the project. Students are required to enroll in F499, "Reading for Honors," and to prepare an honors thesis during their senior year.

Foreign travel is strongly encouraged for honors students, and credit may be earned for intensive study or research projects done abroad. Interested students should also contact the Office of Overseas Studies and the Hutton Honors College. The Honors College offers International Experience Grants to encourage study and service abroad. Students with strong research proposals are encouraged to enter the competition for research grants offered through the Honors College as well.

Because of our department's belief that honors students have distinct needs that must be met through ongoing dialogue and mentoring from faculty, they may participate in designing some aspects of their curriculum. Those interested in earning honors in their French majors should contact Professor Barbara Vance.

Requirements for Departmental Honors

  • An overall G.P.A. of 3.3
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 in all French courses
  • Enrollment in F499 "Reading in French for Honors" for at least one semester in order to finish writing an Honors Thesis under the direction of a faculty member. F499 may be taken for a maximum of 6 credits in French

Other courses, while not required, do give students the opportunity to research their thesis topics:

  • F399 - Reading for Honors (1-12 credits) P: Consent of a faculty member.
  • X490 - Individual Readings in French (1-3 credits) P: Consent of individual faculty member. May be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours. Does not count as 400-level course in residence for major or minor.
  • For F399/499 and X490, please fill out the permission form here.
  • F496 - Foreign Study in French (3-8 credits) P: consent of chairperson. Course involves planning a research project during the school year preceding summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study. May be taken once only. Does not count as F400-level course in residence for major or minor.
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