Requirements for the Major
A French Studies major requires a minimum of eight courses above FREN033 (Intermediate French), or equivalent, plus a senior thesis. Four of the courses must be taken at Scripps, Claremont McKenna College or Pitzer College. Exceptions must be approved by a French adviser. The eight courses must include:
Required Courses (two)
Elective Courses (six)
These elective courses can be taken at any of the Claremont Colleges and abroad. Please note, however, that half of your major (i.e. four courses) must be taken either at Scripps, CMC, or Pitzer. At least one of the six courses must be taken pertaining to a period prior to the year 1900.
At least one semester in France, or a Francophone country, is required for the major. Courses taken in France or a Francophone country, up to a maximum of four, may be counted towards the French Studies major. French language courses taken abroad qualify for the major requirement only if they are at the upper-division level. All other courses taught in French taken abroad count as an elective.
Senior thesis written in French. If a student is a dual major, the requirement to write in French may be waived if the second reader does not read French. An Honors thesis must be written in French.
As early as the first semester of the junior year and up until October 1st of the senior year, a student, upon consultation with the French faculty, may choose to become a candidate for the Honors Program in French Studies. The Honors Program includes:
- The normal course requirements as stated above;
- A two-semester thesis written in French;
- A successful oral thesis defense, in French, before the French faculty;
- Obtain a GPA of A- (11.0) or better in the major; and
- Earn a senior thesis grade of A– (11.0) or better.