Program Information

The Department of French offers courses in language and literature. By following a carefully designed program, French students learn to communicate; to think and write critically; and to appreciate the literary, social, and cultural traditions of the Francophone world. The department is committed to the concept of foreign study and strongly encourages students to participate in overseas programs in France, Africa, Quebec, or the French Caribbean islands.

Requirements for the French & Francophone Studies Major (10 Credits)

No more than 3 credits toward French major may be earned through off-campus or foreign study programs.

French majors are required to complete 10 credits of course work beyond the intermediate-level language courses, including the core courses, 3 credits in Literature, and 3 courses from ELECTIVE areas (1 from Arts and Humanities, 1 from Social Sciences, and 1 from either).

Core courses

  • FREN 331W French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 336 (TH) French and Francophone Studies I (1)
  • FREN 337 (IT) French and Francophone Studies II (1)
  • FREN 492W Research and Discussion of Selected Topics in Literature (1)

Three credits in French literature, from the following (3)

  • FREN 241 (4th Sem Lang Req) Topics in French History Through Film (1)
  • FREN 340 (IT) Readings in French Literature (1)
  • FREN 341 (IT) Oral Tradition and Performance in African Literature (1)
  • FREN 430 (IT) Civilization and Its Critics (1)
  • FREN 432 (US) Language in Society (1)
  • FREN 438 (TH) Topics in Cinema (1)
  • FREN 439 (IT) Advanced Topics in French Literature (1)
  • IDS 322 (IT) The Idea of Europe

Three courses may be selected from ELECTIVE areas: one course from the Arts and Humanities; one course from the Social Sciences; and one from either

  • ANTH 232 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Africa (1)
  • ARTH 246 (TH) Modern Art [Europe and America]: 1890-1945 (1)
  • ARTH 247 (TH) 18th- and 19th-Century Art History (1)
  • ARTH 259 (TH) Western Medieval Art and Architecture (1)
  • CLHI 250 (IT) Introduction to Comparative Literature and the History of Ideas (1)
  • HIST 119 Introduction to Modern African History (1800-present) (1)
  • HIST 254 20th-Century Europe (1)
  • HIST 273 Africa Since 1945 (1)
  • HIST 320 European Intellectual History: The Enlightenment (1)
  • HIST 321 European Intellectual History: The 19th-Century (1)
  • HIST 322 European Intellectual History: The 20th-Century (1)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)
  • PHIL 238 Existentialism (1)
  • POLI 316 The Politics of International Justice (1)
  • POLI 370W Europe and the International System (1)
  • POLI 384 Transnational Feminist Politics (1)
  • POLI 387 Africa and the World (1)
  • REL 230 Modern European Christian Thought (1)

Requirements for the French & Francophone Studies Minor (5 Credits)

No more than 3 credits may be earned through off-campus or foreign study programs.

Core courses

  • FREN 331W French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 340 (IT) Readings in French Literature (1)

One course from the following (1)

  • FREN 336 (TH) French and Francophone Studies I (1)  OR
  • FREN 337 (IT) French and Francophone Studies II (1)  OR
  • FREN 430 (IT) Civilization and Its Critics (1)

Two additional credits in French

  • Numbered electives at the 300 or 400 or above level (2)

The department strongly urges its students to improve their language competency and broaden their education through off-campus study in approved programs. Of special interest to students of French is the Willamette semester abroad in France, CIDEF in Angers and CUPA in Paris. The CIDEF (Centre International D’Etudes Françaises) is an intensive language and culture program which places students into the appropriate level courses based on their current language ability. The CUPA program (Center for University Programs Abroad) is recommended to highly motivated juniors and seniors interested in individualized programs of study at the leading Parisian universities and institutes.

Credits earned in Willamette University's off-campus study programs, or in other pre-approved foreign study programs, may be substituted for required courses in the French Department. Students should consult in advance with the Department Chair to assure such substitution.

The French Department also offers an assistant language exchange program in cooperation with the French Ministry of Education

Language students enjoy the use of a state-of-the-art Language Learning Center featuring multimedia stations, foreign language word processors, foreign television programs transmitted by satellite, and up-to-date communication technology.