French and Italian Studies
Co-Directors of Program: Associate Professor Patrick Mensah, Assistant Professor Michael Papio. Professors Maddox, Mazzocco; Associate Professor Sears; Assistant Professors Lachman, Lamb, Ludovico; Lecturers Baillargeon, Bouvier, Figliola, LoRusso-Dillon, Tarr; Adjunct Faculty Berkovitz, Gordon, Moebius, Portuges, Rearick.
French and Francophone Studies
314 Herter Hall
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Director: Patrick Mensah
The field of French and Francophone Studies encompasses not only the mastery of language skills but also the study of the literature and thought, culture, history, and institutions of France, French Canada, and other Francophone countries in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Along with a high level of competence in an important world language, majors acquire a broad knowledge of one of the world’s most dynamic cultural traditions and its complex relations with other countries around the world. Requirements are flexible enough to allow students to combine the liberal arts and skill oriented components of their major with other related programs of study, including majors and minors in other fields and certification programs. An academic-year or semester program in Paris, France, is sponsored by the department and is recommended for all students interested in French language and culture. Students are also encouraged to pursue double majors.
The prerequisite to the French and Francophone Studies major is proficiency in French at the elementary level (FRENCHST 120 or 126 or equivalent).
Advanced Language Proficiency
Introduction to Literature and Culture
Literature and Culture
Note: 345 Introduction to Medieval Studies will not satisfy the Literature and Culture requirement.
Additional courses at the 300 level or above to complete the 36 credit major are electives.
493A Senior Seminar
Junior Year Writing: 303 Writing on Language (fulfills the university requirements only).
The Major With Concentration in Teaching
Students planning to teach French at levels 5-12 should apply formally through the STEP program at the School of Education, Furcolo Hall. The application should be submitted as early as possible in order to plan the program, which includes both the foreign language major and the necessary courses in professional education.
Admission to Program
Admission to Practicum
The following are the education-related courses:
EDUC 524 The Work of the Middle and High School Teacher
Students completing this program receive the Initial License, which enables them to find a teaching post. They then have five years in which to complete coursework for the Professional License, which often entails the completion of a master’s degree or other advanced graduate work.
Other Optional Concentrations
Students are encouraged to develop concentrations and programs for certificates in other areas. Each generally requires the completion of additional credits. A great variety of programs is available at the university and in the Five Colleges. Among these are the concentrations in Journalism, Social Thought, Modern European Studies, African Studies, Film Studies, and the certificate in General Language Interpretation.
An academic year or semester program in Paris, France, is sponsored by the department and is recommended for all students interested in French language and culture. Depending upon interests and abilities, students enroll in programs offered by the Université de Paris VII, the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, and the Université de Paris-Dauphine. Students may also take semester or year-long programs of study in Quebec universities, with favorable tuition rates offered through the Quebec-New England Student Exchange program.
French majors are encouraged to combine their major in French with courses of study that may prepare them for graduate school in different fields or for careers in international business and management, journalism, travel, and government service. French majors may also complete the department’s teacher training program, which prepares students for certification in Massachusetts.
Prerequisite: Same as prerequisite for the major. A total of 15 credits are required for the French minor. FRENCHST 240 (with a grade of A- or better) or FRENCHST 250 will count for three credits towards the minor. A total of 12 credits must be earned at the 300 level or above (with a grade of C or better in each course). This shall include FRENCHST 371 Advanced Grammar, FRENCHST 473 Composition, and at least one 300-level course in literature or culture. Some transfer credit from other institutions or foreign programs may be applicable.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The major in Italian Studies provides opportunities to study the field of Italian culture from several interdisciplinary perspectives and across several centuries. Students gain knowledge of Italian language and literature together with aspects of Italy’s art, culture, cinema, architecture and design, economy, geography, history, institutions, politics, and thought; Italian-American studies are a component. The program offers both scholarly and career orientations.
Students may pursue a broad curriculum in general Italian Studies, or combine Italian Studies with a particular emphasis. Courses focusing on Italian Studies offered in other departments may be included with the approval of the Undergraduate Adviser.
The prerequisite to the Italian Studies major is proficiency in Italian at the intermediate level (ITALIAN 240 or 246 or equivalent).
Majors complete 36 credits above 246.
Two core courses (6 credits): 371 Advanced Grammar and Composition; and one introductory course in the selected emphasis (e.g., 324 Introduction to Italian Literary Studies I or 325 Introduction to Italian Literary Studies II.
Education Abroad Siena Program
The minor in Italian Studies requires completion of 21 credits beyond 246.
324 Introduction to Italian Literary Studies I, or
Minors may also be able to take further electives from any one emphasis area. However, no more than one may be conducted in English without special permission.