Requirements

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Major and Supplementary Majors

The Major in French and Francophone Studies

The requirements for a first major in French and Francophone Studies include demonstrated competency in the language and successful completion of 30 credit hours or 10 courses above ROFR 20201. At least half of the major courses must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. Of the 10 required courses, no more than 3 may be at the 20000 level (20202 and above) and 6 must be in literature/culture studies. Of these 6, a minimum of 2 must be at the 40000 level and one must be the Senior Seminar (ROFR 53000).

The following courses are required of all first majors: ROFR 30310, 30710, 30720, and 53000. ROFR 30310 (The Art of Interpretation) should be taken before ROFR 30710-30720 (literary overviews) and should be completed by the end of junior year. Although it is expected that these required courses be taken in residence at Notre Dame, equivalent courses from international study programs or other universities may be substituted for ROFR 30310, 30710, and/or 30720, as explained in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Any other substitution will require the approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator in French. One elective course may be taken in English. AP credits satisfy the language requirement only and may not be applied to the major.

French 1st Major Worksheet (PDF)  

The Supplementary Major in French and Francophone Studies: Two Tracks

There are two tracks available for students seeking a supplementary major: The Language and Literature track and the Language and Culture track

1. Language and Literature track

Requirements for the Language and Literature track consist of successful completion of 24 credit hours or eight courses above ROFR 20202. Of these eight courses, no more than two may be at the 20xxx level (20202 or above), one must be ROFR 206XX or above, and six must be in literature/culture studies, and at least half must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. Of these 5, a minimum of 2 must be at the 40000 level or above (one may be the senior seminar, 53000).

The following courses are required of all supplementary majors: ROFR 30310, 30710, and 30720. ROFR 30310 (The Art of Interpretation) should be taken before ROFR 30710-30720 (literary overviews) and should be completed by the end of junior year. Although it is expected that these required courses be taken in residence at Notre Dame, equivalent courses from international study programs or other universities may be substituted for ROFR 30310, 30710, and/or 30720, as explained in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Any other substitution will require the approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator in French. One elective course may be taken in English. AP credits satisfy the language requirement only and may not be applied to the major.

French Supplementary Major - Language and Literature (pdf)

2. Language and Culture Track

Requirements for the Language and Culture track consist of successful completion of 24 credit hours or eight courses above ROFR 20202.  Of these eight courses, no more than two may be at the 20xxx level (20202 or above), one must be ROFR 206XX or above, and six must be in language/culture/literature studies, and at least half must be taken in residence at Notre Dame.   Required among the eight courses are:  ROFR 30310 (The Art of Interpretation) or ROFR 30320 (Advanced Composition: The Art of Writing); one survey class of French literature (ROFR 30710 or ROFR 30720); ROFR 306XX (Contemporary Issues, Past and Present);  and ROFR 40000 (Timelessness and Modernity).   The overview class of French literature may be waived if students take both ROFR 373AF and ROFR 374AF in Angers—that is, two advanced courses on 19th- and 20th-century French literature.  Some courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers may also fulfill the required courses, as in the Language and Literature track (see above, or Undergraduate Bulletin).   Any other substitutions will require the approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator in French.  AP credit may not be applied to the major.

French Supplementary Major- Language and Culture Worksheet (pdf)