Jan 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Scripps Catalog 
2022-2023 Scripps Catalog

French and Francophone Studies Major

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Requirements for the Major

A French and Francophone 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)

  • FREN 044  or equivalent.
  • FREN100   Introduction to French and Francophone Studies

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 in the Intercollegiate Program in French at Scripps, CMC, or Pitzer. At least one of the six courses must pertain to a period prior to the year 1900.

Study Abroad

At least one semester in France, or a Francophone country, is required for the major. Courses taught in French taken in France or a Francophone country, up to a maximum of four, may be counted towards the French and Francophone 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

A senior thesis written in French and Francophone Studies must be 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.

Honors Requirements

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 and Francophone Studies.In order to fulfill the Honors Program requirements student must:

  • Complete the normal Major course requirements as stated above;
  • Write a two-semester thesis in French;
  • Pass an oral thesis defense, in French, before the French faculty;
  • Obtain a GPA of  3.67 or better in the major; and
  • Obtain a  senior thesis grade of A–  or better.

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