Honors Opportunities and Awards
The Honors Track
The honors track major consists of 33 credits or 11 courses. In addition to the general requirements for the major, honors track students must complete an eleventh course at the graduate-level with a grade of A- or higher, in which they will write a substantive research paper which constitutes the honor's thesis. By invitation only, highly motivated students may consider the option of taking a semester-long Directed Reading Tutorial as the eleventh course, completing an honors thesis under faculty direction.
French majors are admitted to the honors track by invitation, although qualified students may petition for admission in the second semester of their junior year. To be eligible for the honors track, students must be first majors with a minimum GPA of 3.8 in French and have completed at least seven courses toward the major by the end of their junior year. They must also receive the written support of a professor in one of the required language, culture, or literature courses (ROFR 30310, ROFR 30320, ROFR 30710, ROFR 30720, or ROFR 37500). For full consideration, students should contact the Assistant Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures no later than March 15 of their junior year; applications from eligible seniors will be accepted through October 1st.
National French Honor Society
The Program in French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is proud to be a member of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, since May 2000.
The purpose of the society is:
- to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures;
- to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world;
- to stimulate and encourage French and Francophone cultural activities.
As a member of Pi Delta Phi, you...
- become part of a vibrant community united by the appreciation of francophone cultures;
- enhance your academic achievements by belonging to a national honor society;
- enhance your professional portfolio by highlighting your excellence in French;
- become eligible to apply for Pi Delta Phi sponsored scholarships
Scholars in Notre Dame's Chapter, Mu Phi, have been selected for this honor because they have demonstrated excellence in the study of the French language and of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Pi Delta Phi members nationwide have gone on to excel in education, business, and public service.
Our Chapter normally invites third- and fourth-year undergraduate students as well as graduate students at any level, with the understanding that they will continue to perform at a superior level and that they will assume a leadership role in promoting French on campus in at least one of the following ways: through activities of the “Cercle français” student club, through participation in a French play or other cultural performance on campus, through humanitarian work on behalf of French-speaking peoples (with the Center for Social Concerns, for example), or other. All Honor Society inductees are requested to publicize their efforts in as many ways as possible, for instance via the “Cercle français” listserve, the French bulletin board, and the Romance Languages Facebook page.
General requirements for undergraduate students:
1.Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all academic course work;
2.Completion of at least two French courses at the 300 level or above (three courses in the case of senior students), in residence at Notre Dame, with a GPA of at least 3.5 in French, with no grade lower than B.
Students welcomed into the French Honor Society will be invited to participate in a simple ceremony during the fall semester.
The formal induction ceremony for members of the National French Honor Society at Notre Dame is held once a year, for graduating seniors and graduate students, during Commencement week. In addition to remission of their diploma and honor insignia at the induction ceremony, graduating members of Pi Delta Phi receive the tri-colored cord and are recognized, along with their families, at the Department's recognition ceremony.
Those inducted will pay a one-time fee of $ 40.00 for life membership in the Society.
For all questions pertaining to the Honor Society, please contact the Faculty Advisor, Father Gregory Haake