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Major in French
Requirements for the French major consist of 10 courses as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Four "100-level" courses in literature.
  4. 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 major.
  5. 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:
    1. 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;
    2. 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.).
    Students having questions about the acceptability of particular courses should consult their major advisers well before their degree sheets are submitted.

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.

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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 itself.

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.