French and Francophone Studies

Basic Requirements: 12 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Two survey half-courses: French 70a and either French 70b or French 70c.

    2. French 97: Sophomore Tutorial.

    3. A maximum of two of the following advanced half-courses in language: French 42, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 60, or 65. Note: Must be passed with grade of B+ or better. See language proficiency requirement below. Courses taken outside Harvard may be substituted upon approval by the undergraduate adviser in French. Concentrators who present advanced language proficiency on entering the concentration should take one or two additional half-courses in French literature in lieu of half-courses in language.

    4. A minimum of five half-courses in French that are numbered 100 or above or are tutorials. At least one of these half-courses must treat literature before 1800, and at least three must be taught in French.

    5. Up to two half-courses in related fields: These include courses in African and African American studies, the Core Curriculum, the Program in General Education, history, history of art and architecture, etc. Upper-level language and literature courses in French and other Romance languages or Latin may also count as related fields. The undergraduate adviser in French must approve all courses to be counted as related fields.

  2. Tutorial: Sophomore year: French 97 (one term) required of all concentrators. Small-group instruction. Letter-graded.

  3. Thesis: Required of honors candidates only.

  4. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: Courses counting for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail.

    2. Language requirement: Concentrators must demonstrate advanced proficiency in French. Proficiency may be demonstrated by a perfect score (800) on the SAT or Harvard Placement Test, by completion of one advanced language course (French 42, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 60, or 65) with a grade of B+ or higher, or by passing an oral competency examination administered by the Undergraduate Adviser in French. Concentrators are expected to demonstrate advanced language proficiency by the end of the junior year.

    3. Freshman Seminars: With the approval of the undergraduate adviser, up to one Freshman Seminar, for which the student has received a Satisfactory evaluation, may be counted in category 1d.

    4. Combining French with one or two other Romance languages and literary traditions: See Romance Studies track.

French and Francophone Studies
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 half-courses

Honors candidates must take one term of French 98: Junior Tutorial with weekly one-on-one instruction. This will count toward the requirement listed in item 1c of Basic Requirements.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, honors candidates are required to take two terms of French 99 (graded SAT/UNS) and complete a thesis. A thesis proposal is made by the honors candidate and approved by the undergraduate adviser in French in conjunction with other faculty members and members of the tutorial board in the spring term of the junior year.

Also, at the end of their senior year, normally during the Reading Period in May, all honors candidates must take a three-hour written examination, as well as an hour-long oral examination.

French and Francophone Studies
Joint Concentration Requirements

Upon approval from the undergraduate adviser in French, honors candidates may combine a concentration in French and Francophone Studies with a concentration in another department significantly related to some aspect of French or Francophone literature or culture. Ordinarily, only students with a strong concentration GPA and a clearly formulated project bridging the two disciplines will receive approval. In recent years, programs in French and Linguistics, French and English, French and Classics, and French and History of Art and Architecture have all been approved. During the senior year, completion of an honors thesis is required, as are written and oral general examinations in French. A total of six half-courses in French and Francophone Studies, in addition to the senior thesis, is required of joint concentrators:

  1. Required courses:

    1. Two survey courses: French 70a and either French 70b or 70c.

    2. Sophomore Tutorial: French 97.

    3. Junior Tutorial: French 98, or equivalent.

    4. Two half-courses in French at the 100 level or above.

    5. Senior Thesis: Either two semesters of French 99 or the senior thesis tutorial in the related department.

For further information, please consult the undergraduate adviser in French.