Requirements

The French and Francophone studies program offers a major (with the possibility to pursue an honors track), a supplementary major with two tracks (language and culture or language and literature), a French International Economics major, and a minor. We also offer the opportunity for undergraduate first majors to complete our graduate program in one year following the conferral of the B.A. through a combination B.A./M.A. degree in French.

Major Requirements

French Composition Class Outside

The full major in French and Francophone studies requires 30 credits or ten courses at the 20202 level or above including: French and Francophone Studies Major Advising Worksheet

  • 3 required courses:
    • The Art of Interpretation
    • Expressions of France (Middle Ages to the Revolution)
    • Overview of French Literature and Culture I (The Modern Era)
  • 3 electives at or above the 20202 level
  • 1 elective at the 30000 level or above (Advanced Composition: The Art of Writing is highly recommended)
  • 2 courses at the 40000 level in literature/culture
  • 1 Senior Seminar (offered in the Spring)

*Honors Track: 1 graduate seminar at the 63100 level or above OR an Honors Senior Thesis

Please note: At least half of the major courses must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. ROFR 30310 (The Art of Interpretation) should be taken before ROFR 30710-30720 (literary and culture 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 DUS in conjunction with the Undergraduate Coordinator in French. One elective course may be taken in English with pre-approval. AP credits may not be applied to the major.

Supplementary Major Requirements

The full major in French and Francophone Studies requires 24 credits and eight courses at the 20202 level or above including: French and Francophone Studies Supplementary Major Advising Worksheet

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

Language and Culture track

  • 2 required courses:
    • The Art of Interpretation OR Advanced Composition: The Art of Writing
    • Expressions of France (Middle Ages to the Revolution) OR Overview of French Literature and Culture II (The Modern Era)
  • 2 electives at or above the 20202 level
  • 1 elective at the 30000 level or above (Advanced Composition: The Art of Writing is highly recommended)
  • 1 course at the 306XX level in culture
  • 1 course at the 406XX level in culture
  • 1 course at the 40000 level in literature/culture

Please note: At least half of the courses must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. 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 below, or Undergraduate Bulletin). Any other substitutions will require the approval of the DUS in conjunctions with the Undergraduate Coordinator in French. AP credit may not be applied to the major.

Language and Literature track

  • 3 required courses:
    • Art of Interpretation
    • Expressions of France (Middle Ages to the Revolution)
    • Overview of French Literature and Culture II (The Modern Era)
  • 2 electives at or above the 20202 level
  • 1 elective at or above the 30000 level (Advanced Composition: The Art of Writing is highly recommended)
  • 2 courses at the 40000 level in literature/culture

Please note: At least half the courses must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. ROFR 30310 (The Art of Interpretation) should be taken before ROFR 30710-30720 (literary and culture 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 DUS in conjunction with the Undergraduate Coordinator in French. One elective course may be taken in English. AP credits may not be applied to the major.

Minor Requirements

The full minor in French and Francophone Studies requires 15 credits and five courses at the 20215 or above including: French and Francophone Minor Advising Worksheet 

  • 1 required course chosen between the 3 below: 
    • The Art of Interpretation
    • Expressions of France (Middle Ages to the Revolution)
    • Overview of French Literature and Culture II (The Modern Era)
  • 2 electives at or above the 20300 level
  • 1 elective at the 30000 or 40000 level
  • 1 course at the 40000 level

Please note: At least half of the minor courses must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. Although it is expected that the chosen required course be taken in residence at Notre Dame, an equivalent course from international study programs or other universities may be substituted, as explained in the Undergraduate Bulletin. The 40000 level course must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. No course may be taken in English. AP credits may not be applied to the minor.