Goals for the Major
The French Department expects linguistic competence of its majors at graduation; students should be able to express themselves with a considerable degree of sophistication and near-native accuracy both orally and in writing. They should also be able to conduct rigorous in-depth research using primary as well as secondary sources on both literary and cultural topics.
- The two required courses in the major are French 211 (or for students entering in 2014 or later, French 210), which develops students' literary analysis and writing skills in the context of an intensive grammar review, and French 308, which focuses on translation and stylistics.
- All majors are expected to take at least one culture course (or spend a semester studying in a French-speaking country) and to take at least one literature course, no matter what the primary focus of their major.
- During her senior year, each major is expected to take at least one 300-level course other than 308 as a capstone experience to further develop her linguistic and analytic skills.
Requirements for the Major
For students entering before fall 2017, the major in French requires a minimum of eight semester courses above FREN 201, one of which must be FREN 210, FREN 211, or FREN 212. For students entering in fall 2017 or later, the major in French requires a minimum of nine semester courses above FREN 201, one of which may be a course taught in English in the French Department, and one of which must be FREN 210 or FREN 212. For all students, the major in French requires at least two 300-level courses taught in French, one of which must be during their senior year.
FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 103, and FREN 201 count toward the degree but not toward the French major. The language courses FREN 202, FREN 203, FREN 205, FREN 206, FREN 211 and FREN 226 count toward the French Major. All majors must take at least one culture course (FREN 207, FREN 220, FREN 222, FREN 225, FREN 227, FREN 229, FREN 230, FREN 232, FREN 233, FREN 237, FREN 300, FREN 314, FREN 322, FREN 323, FREN 324, FREN 332) or spend one semester studying in a Francophone country, and at least one literature course (FREN 208, FREN 209, FREN 213, FREN 214, FREN 217, FREN 221, FREN 224, FREN 228, FREN 235, FREN 237, FREN 241, FREN 278, FREN 302, FREN 303, FREN 306, FREN 307, FREN 308, FREN 313, FREN 315, FREN 317, FREN 330, FREN 333, FREN 356). For students entering before fall 2017, FREN 210 and FREN 212 also satisfy the literature requirement.
FREN 350, 360 and 370 do not count toward the minimum requirement of two 300-level courses for the major. No more than two courses taken credit/noncredit at Wellesley College may be applied to the French major. Students planning to major in French should consult with the chair of the French department. The department does not offer a minor.