BA in French Language, Literature, and Culture

The French major offers a rigorous course of study that builds analytical, writing, and linguistic skills. Our program centers on the discipline of literature as a gateway to culture – it is a vehicle for the exploration of complex ideas in ways that develop and hone understanding of French and Francophone culture and French language.

Note: AP credits do count toward French major or minor. You must take the required number of courses.

The French major focuses on three main objectives:

  1.     Students acquire a thorough knowledge of the French literary tradition.
  2.     Students strengthen their analytical and writing skills at each course level.
  3.     Students are exposed to the multiplicity of cultural and linguistic perspectives in the French and Francophone world.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite courses:
FREN 1001Basic French I
FREN 1002Basic French II
FREN 1003Intermediate French I
FREN 1004Intermediate French II
FREN 2005Language, Culture, and Society I
Required for the major:
30 credits including:
FREN 3100Introduction to French Literature
FREN 4910Proseminar: Readings for the Major
FREN 4920WProseminar II
Select seven additional upper-division courses numbered 2006 and above, of which four must be in French literature and culture and, with approval of the major advisor, two may be in a related field. Two of the six additional courses must be from the French 4000 series.
FREN 3010WAdvanced French Grammar and Style
FREN 3020Contemporary France
FREN 3100WIntroduction to French Literature
FREN 3210Medieval and Early Modern French Literature in Context
FREN 3220Modern French Literature
FREN 3290Textual Analysis
FREN 3300Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation
FREN 3400Studies in Genre
FREN 3520The Age of Classicism
FREN 3530The Age of Enlightenment
FREN 3550Studies in Twentieth-Century French Literature
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
FREN 3600Special Topics in French Literature
FREN 3700History of French Cinema
FREN 4135Folger Seminar
FREN 4470Writing Women
FREN 4500Studies in Medieval French Literature
FREN 4510French Literature of the Renaissance
FREN 4540Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
FREN 4600Special Topics in French Literature

French Major Advising

Masha Belenky

“I think the French major is a gem in a sea of overly-perused concentrations at GW. Besides its many strengths, it becomes extremely personalized when there are only 7 of you in a 2500-person class. The Proseminar was the only course I looked forward to attending every week and its intimacy made each and every one of us feel special. I'm not exaggerating when I say I learned the most about a subject I was passionate about from that class."

Annabel de Braganca, Class of 2011