Majors

DECLARING A MAJOR
The student is expected to declare her option by the end of the junior year. Programs may include additional courses in French literature, culture, and language, or in other subjects which may vary with the interest of the student. Certain courses in the French and Romance Philology Department at Columbia University may be substituted with the approval of the Chair. A student who elects French as part of a combined double or interdisciplinary major will establish her individualized program with the departments concerned. All combined or interdisciplinary majors require approval from the Committee on Petitions and Academic Standing.
 
Eleven (11) courses are required for each specific major:
 
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE:
This program emphasizes the language, culture, and literature of France and other French-speaking countries.
 
  • Three language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
  • One of the following sequences: FREN BC3021 and FREN BC3022; or FREN UN3420 and FREN UN3421
  • Two courses, chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3036
  • Three courses, chosen from FREN BC3037 - FREN BC3110
  • One-term Senior Thesis FREN BC3091
 
TRANSLATION AND LITERATURE:
This program teaches students to translate from French into English and English into French, within a context of French culture and literature.
 
  • Four language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
  • One of the following sequences: FREN BC3021 and FREN BC3022; or FREN UN3420 and FREN UN3421
  • Four literature courses, chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3110
  • One-term Senior Thesis FREN BC3091
  • Students majoring in Translation and Literature are strongly encouraged to take Professor Connor's CPLT BC3110 Introduction to Translation Studies as well as FREN BC3014 Advanced Translation.
 
FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES:
This program emphasizes the historical and contemporary interrelationship between France and the French-speaking world in their social, literary, and cultural aspects.
 
  • FREN UN3420 and FREN UN3421
  • Two language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
  • Four courses selected from FREN BC3028 - FREN BC3110 (of which at least two must come from FREN BC3070 - FREN BC3078)
  • Two courses selected from other departments at BC or CU pertaining to the major and chosen in consultation with the adviser
  • One-term Senior Thesis FREN BC3091