Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)
Major in French
The prerequisite for
admission to the program is a satisfactory knowledge of the French
language. This is normally interpreted as the satisfactory completion
of Conversation and Composition (FREN-UA 30) with the grade of B- or
better (or an equivalent course or exam). No grade lower than C may
be counted toward the major. The overall GPA in French courses must
be 2.0 or above.
The major consists of
nine 4-point courses (36 points), distributed as follows:
Contemporary French (FREN-UA 105). Advanced Composition (FREN-UA
9106, taught in Paris) may be substituted.
- Three core courses.
Every major must take at least one course in the two-course sequence
Readings in French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to the French
Revolution (FREN-UA 120) and Readings in French Literature II: From
1800 to the Present (FREN-UA 121). The other core courses to choose
from are: Approaches to Francophone Literature (FREN-UA 145), French
Society and Culture from the Middle Ages to 1900 (FREN-UA 163), and
Contemporary France (FREN-UA 164).
- Four electives. Up
to two electives may be advanced language courses chosen from:
Phonetics (FREN-UA 103), Translation (FREN-UA 107), Advanced
Techniques of Translation (FREN-UA 108), Acting French (FREN-UA 109),
and Business French (FREN-UA 110). The other electives must revolve
around French and Francophone literature and civilization. With
permission of the adviser, students may take some electives at the
same time as core courses. With permission, students may also
substitute additional core courses, or a graduate course, for
electives. Approved courses taken in French universities may count as
- A Senior Seminar.
The Senior Seminar (FREN-UA 991, 992) is typically taken in the fall
or spring of senior year.
At least one of the
courses completed in fulfillment of the major (either a core course
or an elective) must focus on the period preceding 1800. Majors may
count one of the department's English-language courses toward the
major, but only if they do the written work in French.
Transfer students must
complete at least five courses (20 points) of the nine courses
required for the French major at the College of Arts and Science or
at NYU Paris.
A student who fulfills
the requirements above may thereby fulfill the state minimum of 24
credits required for certification to teach French in New York State
junior or senior high schools. For information on minors in
education, please see the section Cross-School Minors in this
Major in Romance
See the Romance Languages section of this Bulletin for details and requirements.
Major in French and
This joint major
requires a total of nine 4-point courses (36 points).
The French part of this
major is satisfied by taking four 4-point courses (16 points) as
- One advanced
language course chosen from the following:
- Phonetics (FREN-UA 103)
- Translation (FREN-UA 107)
- Acting French (FREN-UA 109)
- Business French (FREN-UA 110)
- One course in
advanced written French (usually Written Contemporary French, FREN-UA
- Two courses in
French literature (in French), to be determined in consultation with
the director of undergraduate studies
The linguistics part of
this major is satisfied by taking the following five courses (20
- One introductory
course: Language (LING-UA 1) or Language and Mind (LING-UA 28)
- Sound and Language
Analysis (LING-UA 13)
- A total of two
additional courses from two different fields of linguistics, chosen
from the following (please see Linguistics in this Bulletin for
course titles and descriptions):
- Historical linguistics (LING-UA 14, LING-UA 17, LING-UA 76)
- Sociolinguistics (LING-UA 15, LING-UA 18, LING-UA 30, LING-UA 38)
- Phonology (LING-UA 12)
- Syntax and Semantics (LING-UA 4)
- Computational linguistics (LING-UA 3, LING-UA 24)
- Psycholinguistics (LING-UA 5, LING-UA 43, LING-UA 54)
Minors in French
All students who wish
to minor in the Department of French must declare with the department
and consult a departmental adviser prior to any registration.
Students may choose one
of four programs of study. They may minor in French studies, French
literature in translation, literature in translation, or Francophone
Four courses (16
points) conducted in French. This minor normally consists of four
courses above the intermediate level, to be determined in
consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. No grade
lower than C counts toward this minor.
French Literature in
Four courses (16
points) in French literature in translation offered by the
department, to be determined in consultation with the director of
undergraduate studies. Not open to French majors. No grade lower than
C counts toward this minor.
See the section
Literature in Translation in this Bulletin.
Four courses (16
points) in Francophone studies, to be determined in consultation with
the director of undergraduate studies. No grade lower than C counts
toward this minor.
Honors in French
A student must spend a
minimum of three full semesters in residence at the College of Arts
and Science. Attendance at NYU Paris counts toward
such residence. The student must maintain a general GPA of at least
3.65 and a major average of 3.65 or higher. Students who wish to
pursue honors should apply to the departmental director of honors
during their junior year.
- Completion of all
major requirements (above).
- In addition to
enrollment in a Senior Seminar (FREN-UA 991, 992), candidates for
French honors must enroll in Honors Thesis (FREN-UA 995), a 4-point
course taken over both semesters of the senior year (2 points in the
fall, 2 points in the spring). This Honors Thesis course sequence
cannot count toward completion of the credit requirements for the
- The honors thesis
should be a work of scholarship and/or criticism in the field of
French literature, culture, or Francophonie. The thesis is ordinarily
written in French (25 pages minimum); exceptionally, students may
petition to write it in English (40 to 60 pages). The seminar
professor and the thesis adviser determine based on this work and an
oral defense whether to recommend the student for an honors degree. A
grade of at least A- is required for the award of honors in French.
In addition to the
basic requirements for the major, students also have the opportunity
to participate in internships sponsored by the Department of French.
Recent internships have been completed at the French cultural
services office, the French music office, and the French film office.
For more information, please contact the undergraduate administrative
aide. Internships and independent studies do not count toward the
French major, except with special permission of the department.
B.A./M.A. Program in French or French Studies
The Department of
French and the Institute of French Studies offer qualified students
the opportunity to earn the B.A. and M.A. degrees in a shortened
period of study. While still undergraduates, students enrolled in the
program may earn up to 12 points toward the M.A. by completing three
graduate courses in the Department of French or at the Institute of
French Studies. To earn advanced standing, these points may not be
counted toward an undergraduate degree, but must be in excess of the
128 points required for the B.A.
circumstances, this can be achieved by students who register for the
maximum allowable number of points in their senior year. Earned in
this manner, advanced standing has the additional advantage of
enabling qualified students to start graduate work at an earlier
stage and in the most cost-efficient way.
Admission to the
program is open to students who have completed between 48 and 96
credits with a GPA of at least 3.5 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or
higher in the major. Application to the program can be made through
the director of undergraduate studies in French. Final acceptance
into the graduate sequence of the program is contingent on successful
completion of the B.A., formal admission into the Graduate School of
Arts and Science, and acceptance of the student's application. For
more information on the B.A./M.A. in French studies, please consult
The University has two
special facilities for students of French.
La Maison Française
This attractive house
in the old and picturesque Washington Mews is open to students of
French. It has a comfortable lounge, a small reading room opening
onto a terrace, and a soundproof music room. Programs of lectures and
recreational activities free to all students interested in French are
Institute of French
Adjacent to La Maison
Française in Washington Mews, the institute offers graduate courses
in contemporary French society and culture that are open to
undergraduates with special permission. The institute has a large
newspaper and periodical collection and a wide range of videotapes;
it also organizes frequent lectures and seminars by visiting
scholars, political personalities, and business and administrative
leaders from France.
For NYU Paris, see
information under the Study Away section in this Bulletin.