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CURRICULUM

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French and Francophone Studies

The French and Francophone Studies department at HWS offers integrated courses in language, culture and literature that reflect the rich diversity of French-speaking cultures throughout the world.

The French and Francophone Studies department offers a disciplinary major and minor as well as an interdisciplinary major and minor.

Departmental instruction is in French (FRE); except for courses offered in English (FRNE).

Course List

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in French and Francophone Studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue. You can also find online forms here.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRADITIONS FRANÇAISES TRACK FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)

disciplinary, 10 courses

FRE 241, FRE 244, FRE 251, and FRE 252, before the senior year; one Francophone course at the 200- or 300-level; two FRE 300-level French literature courses taught in French, one in the senior year; and three additional FRE electives selected in consultation with the adviser. French majors pursuing this track are strongly encouraged to pursue off campus study in France.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARCOURS MUTICULTURELS TRACK FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)

disciplinary, 10 courses

FRE 242, FRE 243, FRE 251 or FRE 252, and FRE 253, before the senior year; one French 200- or 300-level course; two departmental 300-level Francophone courses, one in the senior year; and three French and Francophone electives, selected in consultation with the adviser. French majors pursuing this track are strongly encouraged to pursue off-campus study in Sénégal.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES MAJOR (B.A.)

interdisciplinary, 14 courses

The sequence of courses consists of 1) eight departmental courses including two FRE 240-level courses; two FRE 250-level courses to be taken before the senior year; a minimum of two FRE 300-level courses, two French and Francophone electives selected in consultation with the advisor, and 2) six courses from other disciplines chosen in consultation with the advisor. No more than one French/Francophone literature and culture course taken in English may count toward the major. When declaring an interdisciplinary major, students will begin a portfolio that they will formally present in the spring semester of their senior year.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES MINOR

disciplinary, 6 courses

One FRE 240-level course; one Francophone course at the 200- or 300-level; and one 200- or 300-level French course. At least one of the FRE 200-level courses must be a FRE 250-level course taken before the senior year. Three additional FRE courses in consultation with the adviser. No more than one French/Francophone culture or literature course taught in English may count toward the minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONCENTRATION IN FRENCH MINOR

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

This minor combines a semester abroad with courses taken before and after that semester in an uninterrupted sequence. Requirements include one or two courses in French preceding the semester abroad, a semester abroad and four courses in Aix-en-Provence or Saint Louis du Sénégal, or another French department program abroad, and one or two courses upon returning from abroad. The minor may begin at any level of language acquisition, including the 100- level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES MINOR

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

Six courses selected in consultation with the adviser. These courses will include one course at the French 240-level, one course at the French 250-level, the latter to be taken before the senior year; two courses in other disciplines approved by the adviser; and two additional FRE courses approved by the adviser. A semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence or Rennes, France; Quebec, Canada; Saint-Louis, Sénégal; Geneva, Switzerland; or Hanoi, Vietnam, is strongly recommended.

 

Major/Minor Declaration and Audit Forms

COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with an understanding of the language and cultures of French-speaking countries.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making French and Francophone Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

FRE 121 Intermediate French I

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Arc de Triomphe de l'√Čtoile, Paris

Practice the fundamentals of French grammar while learning about French culture, art, history, literature and cinema. Then, enroll in HIST 264, Modern European City, and examine the transformation of administrative and cultural centers such as Paris and Vienna.

FRE 230 Senegal: An Orientation

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The Great Mosque at Touba, Sénégal

Study Senegalese history, religion, economics, customs, arts, food, sports, geography, wildlife and vegetation, while preparing to study abroad in Senegal. Expand your knowledge of African cultures and enroll in ALST 150, Foundations of Africana Studies, and examine race, gender and class issues from an African-centered perspective.

FRE 355 Francophone Caribbean Literatures

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The French Caribbean

Learn how writers represent their society in a context of deep alienations, and how they try to reinvent themselves and their community througt the diversity of their unique culture. Discover more about the political history and liberature of the Caribbean in LTAM 222, Caribbean Literature and Politics.