Combined Major in English and French
Required: 14.5 units, including a senior writing project or portfolio, distributed as follows:
- FREN 305 Writing in French through Literature and Culture
- FREN 320 Literature in Context
- Two courses selected from
- FREN 324 Francophone Cultures and Literatures
- FREN 325 Medieval and Early Modern Society
- FREN 326 Revolution in France
- FREN 327 The Question of Modernity
- Three 400-level courses in literature/culture
- ENGL 297 Literature in Context: Genre and Mode
- ENGL 298 Literature in Context: Texts in History
- One 300-level course from Group A (Literature Before the Early to Mid-19th Century)
- One 300-level course from Group B (Literature After the Early to Mid-19th Century)
- Two additional courses at the 300-level
- ENGL 400 Junior/Senior Seminar
A senior writing project (taken for one half unit as IDST 379) on a comparative topic dealing with literatures in English and in French is required. The paper, written in English or in French, will 20–30 pages, will make significant use of primary and secondary materials in both languages, and will be conducted through independent study.
By the time the student selects a focus for the senior writing project, which should be no later than spring of the junior year, s/he should select an appropriate supervisor in each discipline and designate one as the primary supervisor. The primary supervisor will have final responsibility for determining the student’s grade on the senior writing project after considering an evaluation and a suggested grade supplied by the second supervisor. If there is sharp disagreement between the two supervisors over the final grade, the chairperson of the primary supervisor’s department will appoint a third reader/grader, whose decision will break the deadlock between the first and second supervisors.
When a student declares the Combined Major, he or she will be assigned to an advisor in each department. Each advisor will be responsible for advising the student on the selection of courses in the advisor’s department. Study abroad in a French-speaking country is very strongly recommended.
This major should be recommended only to students who enter the university with a sufficient background in French to begin their course of study at the Intermediate level or beyond. The minimum level expected, and the longest timeline for entering the major, should be the following:
- First-year fall: French 221 Intermediate Intensive French (COM2)
- First-year spring: French 305 Composition
- Second-year fall: French 324, 325, 326, or 327
- Second-year spring: begin advanced English courses
Note: A grade of C (2.0) is required in all coursework comprising the major.