French Language and Literature Major

Majors in French language and literature will take a minimum of ten courses numbered FREN 1502 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II and higher, and at least six upper-level courses numbered 3000 and above. (Courses numbered lower than 1502 will not count toward the major or minor.)

Students majoring in French language and literature should prepare their schedules in consultation with the assigned departmental major adviser.

These ten courses, to be completed all in French, normally include:

Course Title Credits
One course in Advanced Language, Communication, and Cultural Studies4
FRANCE: LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND CIVILIZATION 1
One course in Medieval and Renaissance Periods (Middle Ages through 16th Century)4
One course in 17th and 18th Centuries (Classicism or the Enlightenment)4
One course in 19th and 20th/21st Centuries (Modern Literature)4
One course in Francophonie 24
Five additional courses 318 to 20

Students who place out of FREN 1502 or FREN 2001 must replace that course with an upper-level elective course.

Courses applying toward each requirement area are listed below. Additional courses that are not listed below may count toward the major with the approval of the major adviser.

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Medieval and Renaissance Periods (Middle Ages through 16th Century) courses

Courses in this group have the FRME attribute.

Course Title Credits
FREN 3100MEDIEVAL FRENCH LITERATURE4
FREN 3101WORD AND IMAGE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE4
FREN 3125MAPPING THE NATION4
FREN 3175FRENCH RENAISSANCES4
FREN 3290EARLY AUTHORS MODERN THEORY4
FREN 3340NEO-CLASSICAL FRENCH WOMEN WRITERS4
FREN 3350THINKERS AND MORALISTS4

 17th and 18th Centuries (Classicism or the Enlightenment) courses

Courses in this group have the FRMI attribute.

Course Title Credits
FREN 3030WHAT IS WRITING? THE INSCRIPTION OF CULTURE FROM PAGE TO SCREEN4
FREN 3300THE ENLIGHTENMENT4
FREN 3301FRANCE AND GLOBAL ENLIGHTENMENT4
FREN 3333TABLEAUX: ART AND THEATER: 1700S4
FREN 3340NEO-CLASSICAL FRENCH WOMEN WRITERS4
FREN 3350THINKERS AND MORALISTS4
FREN 3360FRENCH AUTOBIOGRAPHY4
FREN 3555MAN: BEAST OR MACHINE4

19th and 20th/21st Centuries (Modern Literature) courses

Courses in this group have the FRMO attribute.

Course Title Credits
FREN 3125MAPPING THE NATION4
FREN 3275DOCUMENTARY AND STORYTELLING IN THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD4
FREN 3290EARLY AUTHORS MODERN THEORY4
FREN 3360FRENCH AUTOBIOGRAPHY4
FREN 3453THE FLANEUR IN PARIS4
FREN 3460POSTCOLONIAL REPRESENTATIONS4
FREN 3464FRENCH FILMS D'AUTEUR4
FREN 3465WOMEN ON THE MARGINS4
FREN 3466DISCOVERING FRENCH CINEMA4
FREN 3471FRANCOPHONE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA4
FREN 3476CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CINEMAS4
FREN 3478THE ESSAY FILM4
FREN 3479THE NEW WAVE ARRIVES4
FREN 3480FRANCOPHONE CARIBBEAN LITERATURE4
FREN 3500FRENCH LITERARY THEORY4
FREN 3565FRENCH CONTEMPORARY NOVEL4
FREN 3637FRANCOPHONE MIDDLE EAST4
FREN 3675"AMERICA!" FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE PERSPECTIVES4

Francophonie courses

Courses in this group have the FRAN attribute.

Course Title Credits
FREN 3460POSTCOLONIAL REPRESENTATIONS4
FREN 3471FRANCOPHONE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA4
FREN 3476CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CINEMAS4
FREN 3480FRANCOPHONE CARIBBEAN LITERATURE4
FREN 3630FRANCOPHONE VOICES FROM NORTH AFRICA4
FREN 3631NORTH AFRICAN FRANCE4
FREN 3637FRANCOPHONE MIDDLE EAST4
FREN 3675"AMERICA!" FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE PERSPECTIVES4

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to study abroad for one or two semesters. Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by the French language and literature major adviser prior to their going abroad. Students studying abroad for one year may apply up to five study abroad courses toward their major. Students studying abroad for one semester may apply up to four study abroad courses toward their major. Additional study abroad credits accepted by Fordham University may be applied as elective credits toward graduation, but not toward the French language and literature major.

Honors

Students who exhibit exceptional potential and intellectual curiosity and have a minimum GPA of 3.67 in the major may choose to write a senior thesis for Honors in French language and literature. Students should consult their French major adviser for advice and guidelines on this option early in their junior year.

Availability

The major in French language and literature is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in French language and literature only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day classes at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.