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.

Honors students beginning their language study may choose the accelerated course sequence French F115 and F265 to quickly move into the study of culture and literature. Students planning to earn an honors degree in French are expected to enroll in F499, "Reading for Honors," and to prepare an honors thesis during the 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 (12 credits maximum) P: Consent of a faculty member.
  • X490 - Individual Readings in French Literature (1-3 credits) P: Consent of individual faculty member. May count for the honors major at the discretion of the Honors Advisor. May be repeated. 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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