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Major in French
Requirements for the French major consist of 10 courses as follows:
- FR 21 and 22, or equivalent.
One high school acceleration credit, appearing on the student's
Tufts transcript, may be counted as equivalent to FR 21.
- FR 31 and 32, or equivalent.
Students who go abroad before taking FR 31 and/or FR 32 will
have appropriate literature courses taken abroad recognized as
equivalents. On their return, they should register in
"l00-level" literature courses in order to complete the major.
N.B. An equivalent for FR 31 is a French literature course
dealing with texts written prior to the nineteenth century; an
equivalent for FR 32 deals with texts from the nineteenth
century or later.
- Four "100-level" courses in literature.
- One "100-level" course to be selected from among the various
offerings in advanced language and culture, including FR 121,
122, 124, 125, 130, 140, 150, or their equivalents; or one
additional 100-level course in FR literature.
Students participating in programs abroad may count toward the
satisfaction of this requirement a wide range of courses in
language, literature, art history, geography, history,
civilization, and other areas, taught in the language of the
- One course, taught in French, in a related field, or one
additional 100-level course in French.
This requirement may be satisfied in several ways:
Students having questions about the acceptability of particular
courses should consult their major advisers well before their degree
sheets are submitted.
- by taking as the tenth course an offering at the "100-level" in
the major, whether taught in French on the Medford campus or taught
in French in an accredited overseas program;
- by taking a course taught in French, regardless of subject
matter, in an accredited overseas program (possible fields include
anthropology, art history, economics, history, political science,
psychology, sociology, etc.).
Please note: No more than one credit in Independent Study may be
counted toward the major. No more than two credits combining an
Independent Study and an honors thesis may be counted toward the
major. All courses taken for credit in the major must be completed
with a grade of C- or better.
French Major Concentration Checklist >
The Senior Year
The Department highly recommends that seniors returning from
overseas programs enroll in two "100-level" courses on the Tufts
campus during their final year of study. Normally it is expected
that at least one of the four required "100-level" literature
courses will be taken during the senior year on the Tufts campus
The survey courses 31, 32, 34, and 35 are not appropriate options
for senior majors; those who have not completed the required survey
courses should see their adviser to choose suitable equivalents at
the "100" level.