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College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Modern Languages and Literatures: French and Francophone Studies


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Courses

Faculty

JEAN-VINCENT BLANCHARD, Professor
MICHELINE RICE-MAXIMIN, Associate Professor 
CARINA YERVASI, Associate Professor and Section Head3
ALEXANDRA GUEYDAN-TUREK, Associate Professor and Section Head
BENJAMIN CHEREL, Lecturer
ARNAUD COURGEY, Visiting Lecturer


Absent on leave, 2017-2018.


In French and Francophone Studies, you will learn French and acquire global competence in the Francophone world. Students are introduced to France and a variety of countries such as Algeria and Senegal. They can expand their knowledge of the diversity of French-speaking cultures by developing an appreciation of literary value and filmic expression. Our courses also pay careful attention to the major social and political developments that have shaped France, and its former colonies, thus providing an opportunity to understand the forces underlying these various cultures, literatures, and films. Students in our program explore interests as diverse as critical theory, film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, or the Islamic world, and work directly with primary sources in their original language.

The Academic Program


French and Francophone Studies is offered as a major or minor in the Course Program and as a major or minor in honors. The prerequisite to take upper-level courses (numbered 20 and higher) for both course and honors students is FREN 014  or FREN 015 , the equivalent, or evidence of special competence.

All French and francophone studies majors and minors, including students preparing a secondary school certificate, are required to complete a study abroad program in a French-speaking country.

Majors and minors in the Course and Honors Programs are expected to be proficient in spoken and written French, and to do the larger part of their work in French, i.e., discussions and papers in courses and seminars and all oral and written examinations, including oral defense of the senior paper and Honors examinations.

Course Major


Requirements


  1. Complete eight advanced courses or seminars numbered 014 or above for a minimum of 8 credits. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the major. FREN 016  can only count once to fulfill the major credit requirement.
  2. Off-campus study is required for all majors. Students who participate in preapproved programs may only count 3 credits toward their major. See the "Off-Campus Study " section for rules on transfer of credit. 
  3. Take Senior Colloquium (FREN 091 ) in the senior year. This includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 30 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor and adviser or one other professor in the program. The defense of the paper with the entire French and Francophone faculty takes place at the end of the spring semester.

French and Francophone Studies also offers courses in French literature in translation, but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the major.

To graduate with a major in French and Francophone studies, students must have a grade average of C or better within the discipline, have studied in a French-speaking country, and have completed our culminating exercise (FREN 091  ), described above.

Acceptance Criteria


To be accepted as a course major, students must have taken French 014 or the equivalent, earning grades no less than a C.

Course Minor


Requirements


  1. Complete 5 credits in courses or seminars numbered 014 or above. Three of these credits must be completed on the Swarthmore campus (See #2 below). Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the minor. FREN 016  can only count once to fulfill the minor credit requirement.
  2. Minors are strongly encouraged to complete at least a six-week summer program of study in a French-speaking country. Students who participate in preapproved programs may only count two credits toward their minor. See the "off-campus study" section for rules on transfer of credit.
  3. Complete Senior Colloquium (FREN 091 ) in the senior year, which includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 20 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor.

French and Francophone studies also offers courses in French literature in translation, but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the minor.

To graduate with a minor in French and Francophone studies, you must have a grade average of C or better within the discipline, studied in French-speaking country, and have completed FREN 091  Senior Colloquium.

Acceptance Criteria


To be accepted as a course minor, you must have taken French 014 or the equivalent, earning grades no less than a C.

Honors Major


Requirements


Majors in the Honors Program are expected to complete the requirements of majors in course, including taking Senior Colloquium (FREN 091) in the senior year.

  1. Complete eight advanced courses or seminars numbered 014 or above for a minimum of 8 credits. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the honors major. FREN 016  can only count once to fulfill the honors major credit requirement.
  2. Off-campus study in a francophone country, for one semester is required for all honors majors. See the "off-campus study" section for rules on transfer of credit.
  3. Complete one advanced course with a Francophone component.
  4. Complete Senior Colloquium (FREN 091 ) in the senior year. This includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 30 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor and adviser or one other professor in the program. The defense of the paper with the entire French and Francophone faculty takes place at the end of the spring semester.

Complete at least one advanced course (above FREN 015 ) before taking a seminar.

Work on three preparations, two of which must be done through seminars while the third may be a seminar, a two-credit thesis, or an approved paired course preparation.

French and Francophone Studies also offers courses in French literature in translation but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the honors major.

The Honors Exam for Majors and Preparations


Majors in the Honors Program must do three preparations (consisting of six units of credit). Two of the preparations must be done through seminars chosen from the list below. The third preparation may be a seminar, a two-credit thesis, or an approved paired course preparation.

Mode of Examination:


A three-hour written examination, and a one-half hour oral examination, both in French, will be required for each preparation.

Acceptance Criteria


Candidates are expected to have a "B" average in course work both in the department and at the College, have taken FREN 014  or the equivalent, and have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the study of literature or culture in the original language.

Honors Minor


Requirements


Minors in the Honors Program are expected to complete the requirements of minors in course, including taking Senior Colloquium (FREN 091) in the senior year.

  1. Complete 5 credits in courses or seminars numbered 014 or above. Three of these credits must be completed on the Swarthmore campus. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the minor. FREN 016  can only count once to fulfill the minor credit requirement.
  2. Complete at least a six-week program of study in a French-speaking country. It is strongly recommended that honors minors spend at least one semester abroad. See the "off-campus study" section for rules on transfer of credit.
  3. Complete Senior Colloquium (FREN 091 ) in the senior year, which includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 20 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor.
  4. Complete at least one advanced course (above FREN 015 ) before taking a seminar.
  5. Work on one two-credit seminar preparation or an approved paired course preparation.

French and Francophone studies also offers courses in French literature in translation but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the honors minor.

The Honors Exam for Minors and Preparations


Minors must do a single, two-credit seminar preparation (consisting of two units of credit) or an approved paired course preparation.

Mode of Examination


A three-hour written examination, and a one-half hour oral examination, both in French, will be required for the preparation.

Acceptance Criteria


Candidates are expected to have a "B" average in course work both in the department and at the College, have taken FREN 014  or the equivalent, and have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the study of literature or culture in the original language.

Special Major in Linguistics and Languages


1. Complete three credits numbered 014 or above

2. Two of the three credits must be completed on the Swarthmore Campus. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the credit requirement and FREN 016 can only be counted once. 

Thesis / Culminating Exercise


The culminating exercise in French and Francophone studies consists of completing FREN 091 Senior Colloquium in which you will write an independent research thesis of 20-30 pages and defend it in front of a panel of faculty members.

Application Process Notes for the Major or the Minor


To apply for a major or minor in French and Francophone Studies, speak with the chair or one of your professors in French and Francophone Studies to discuss your options and then follow the process described by the Dean's and Registrar's Offices for your Sophmore Plan.

If after applying you are deferred, you may apply again in the spring by addressing the reasons for your deferral.

Off-Campus Study


Study abroad programs are vital to the French and Francophone program. Majors may count up to 3 credits toward their French major. Minors may count 2 of these credits toward their French minor. Any student who wishes to receive more than one credit from study abroad must take a 1- or 2- credit advanced course in French and Francophone Studies numbered 40 or higher in the semester in which they return to campus. Students should contact a French faculty member to obtain the current list of preapproved programs. Students wishing to seek credit from other disciplines must consult the rules in the appropriate credit-granting department. There are also other options to study abroad available to students who have completed course work above the equivalent of fourth semester.

Any student attending a preapproved program in a non-francophone country, and planning to enroll in a French course there, may petition for one credit upon their return to campus. To earn this credit, students must take a one-credit French course in the semester immediately following their return to campus.

Preapproved Summer Programs


Any student may study in a preapproved summer program that is at least 6 weeks long and earn 1 credit in MLL (French). Only Minors in French and Francophone studies may have this credit count towards the completion of their course requirements.

Research and Service-Learning Opportunities


Both independent research and service-learning student-teaching are important ways to continue using your language and critical analysis skills.

Summer Opportunities


Students are encouraged to use the summer to travel to Francophone countries and explore research for their senior thesis papers. Please speak with French and Francophone studies faculty to find out about options for doing this summer work.

Teacher Certification


Students may choose to use French and Francophone studies as a specialization in a teacher certification program or for a special major in educational studies. Although students may develop their own course of study, they must complete FREN 015, or the equivalent, and study abroad for at least one semester in a French-speaking country.

Life After Swarthmore


Opportunities for a major/minor in French and Francophone studies after graduation are varied. Our curriculum provides students with valuable skills in cultural analysis, communication in another language, and the ability to understand and adapt to cross-cultural situations. Many majors and minors in French and Francophone studies continue their research with Fulbright awards, go to graduate school, law school, medical school, and follow diverse career paths in teaching, journalism, business, and NGOs. Recent French and Francophone alumni who are Fulbright recipients are continuing their studies in North Africa and the Middle East; those who have gone to graduate school are studying French, library science, comparative literature, ethnomusicology, French history, public policy, educational policy, and public health. Many alumni are in education, law, business, journalism, medicine, the arts, and international affairs, among other fields.

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