Director of undergraduate studies:
Christopher Semk, Rm 326, 82-90 Wall St., 432-4902
Language Program Director:
Françoise Schneider, Rm. 313b, 82–90 Wall St., 432-8855
Sonia Bauguil, Rm 311, 82-90 Wall St., 432-4902
FACULTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH
R. Howard Bloch, Edwin M. Duval (Acting DGS Sp 2014), Marie-Hélène Girard (Visiting), Alice Kaplan (Chair), Thomas Kavanagh, Christopher L. Miller (DGS; leave of absence Sp 2014), Maurice Samuels
Thomas Connolly, Christopher Semk(DUS), Yue Zhuo
Diane Charney, Alyson Waters
Post Doctoral Fellow
Kathleen Burton, Ruth Koizim, Soumia Koundi, Matuku Ngame, Lauren Pinzka, Françoise Schneider (Language Program Director), Constance Sherak, Candace Skorupa
Laure Andrillon (as of August 1), Juan Branco (as of August 1), Adelaide Delaplace (as of August 1), Audrey Hoffmann, Victor Serre (as of August 1), Gabrielle Stemmer (as of August 1), Vanessa Vysosias
The Department of French has two distinct but complementary missions: to provide instruction in the French language at all levels of competence, and to lead students to a broad appreciation and deep understanding of the literatures and cultures of France and other French-speaking countries.
The major in French is a liberal arts major, designed for those who wish to study one of the world’s greatest and richest literatures in depth. The department offers courses devoted to authors, works, and literary and cultural movements that span ten centuries and four continents. The curriculum also includes interdisciplinary courses on relations between literature and other areas of study such as history, law, religion, politics, and the arts. Majors are encouraged to explore all periods and genres of literature in French, as well as a wide variety of critical approaches.
Excellent knowledge of a foreign language and a mature, informed appreciation of a foreign literature open doors to many professions. The French major provides ideal preparation for careers not only in academics but also in a wide range of fields from law and diplomacy to journalism and the arts. Recent graduates have gone on to selective law schools and graduate programs in French and Comparative Literature. Others work in primary and secondary education, business, government, and a variety of nongovernmental agencies and international organizations.
French can be taken either as a primary major or as one of two majors, in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. Appropriate majors to combine with French might include, but are not limited to, African American Studies, African Studies, English, Film Studies, Global Affairs, History, History of Art, Humanities, International Studies, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Theater Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. (Regulations concerning the completion of two majors can be found in the Academic Regulations of Yale College).
Study abroad Students are encouraged to spend a year or a term abroad, for which appropriate course credit is granted. Summer study abroad may also, in some cases, receive course credit. Further information may be obtained from the Center for International and Professional Experience (www.yale.edu/yalecollege/international) and from Ruth Koizim, the study abroad adviser for the Department of French. The Kenneth Cornell Charitable Foundation provides some financial support for majors and prospective majors who undertake research projects related to their work in the major in France or a francophone country. Contact the director of undergraduate studies for details.
The major for the Class of 2015 and previous classes Students in the Class of 2015 and previous classes may fulfill the requirements of the standard or intensive French major that were in place when they entered the major, as described in previous editions of the Yale College Programs of Study. Alternatively, they may fulfill the requirements for the major as described below for the Class of 2016 and subsequent classes.
Prerequisite for the Class of 2016 and subsequent classes Candidates for the major should take FREN 150 or the equivalent during the freshman or sophomore year. Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to take at least one literature course numbered 170 or above before the end of the sophomore year.
The standard major for the Class of 2016 and subsequent classes The standard major consists of ten term courses numbered 160 or above, including a one-term senior essay (see below). One of these ten courses must be FREN 170 or the equivalent, which should be completed early in a candidate's studies; at least four must be Group B courses numbered 200 or above. Students may count no more than two courses in the FREN 180–199 range and no more than two courses conducted in English (Group C) toward the major. With prior approval of the director of undergraduate studies, a maximum of four term courses taught outside the Yale Department of French but bearing directly on the student's principal interest may be counted toward the major. Up to two of these may be taken in other departments at Yale, and up to four may be taken as part of a Year or Term Abroad or summer study abroad program. However, the combined number of courses from other departments and from study abroad may not exceed four. (The director of undergraduate studies may grant exceptions to this limit for students who spend two academic terms in an approved study abroad program.) Relevant freshman seminars may count toward the major, with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.
The intensive major for the Class of 2016 and subsequent classes The intensive major is designed for students who wish to undertake a more concentrated study of literature in French. It is recommended for students considering graduate study in French or in comparative literature. The intensive major consists of twelve term courses numbered 160 or above, including a one-term or two-term senior essay (see below). At least five courses must be from Group B and numbered 200 or above. The requirement of FREN 170 and the stipulations for courses in the 180–199 range, courses conducted in English, and courses taken outside the department are identical to those for the standard major.
Senior requirement All majors must write a senior essay showing evidence of careful reading and research and substantial independent thought. Essays may be written in either French or English and must be prepared under the direction of a ladder faculty member in the Department of French. Students planning to pursue advanced work in French after graduation are encouraged to write their senior essay in French.
Students writing a one-term essay enroll in FREN 491 in the senior year. A one-term essay may be written in either the fall or the spring term and should be approximately thirty pages in length. A preliminary statement indicating the general area to be addressed and the name of the adviser must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies by September 13 (fall-term essay) or November 8 (spring-term essay). A one-page prospectus and bibliography are due September 20 (fall term) or January 24 (spring term). A rough draft must be submitted to the adviser by November 1 (fall term) or March 28 (spring term). Two copies of the final essay are due in the department by December 2 (fall term) or April 21 (spring term).
Students electing a two-term essay for the intensive major must select their subject and adviser by the end of the junior year and enroll in FREN 493 and 494 during the senior year. The essay should be approximately sixty pages in length. A preliminary statement indicating the general area to be addressed and the name of the adviser must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies by September 13. A one-page prospectus and bibliography are due September 20. Students must submit an initial rough draft to their adviser by January 24 and a complete draft by March 28. Two copies of the final essay are due in the department by April 21.
All majors Students in the major are encouraged to take as many advanced courses as possible in all historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present. Candidates for the major should consult the director of undergraduate studies as early as the beginning of the sophomore year and no later than the fall term of the junior year. Schedules must be approved and signed by the director of undergraduate studies. Students planning to study abroad or to petition for completion of two majors should contact the director of undergraduate studies during the sophomore year. Courses taken Credit/D/Fail may not be counted toward the requirements of the major.
Special Divisional Major The department will support the application of qualified students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary course in French studies. Under the provisions of the Special Divisional Major, students may combine courses offered by the French department with subjects elected from other departments. Close consultation with departmental advisers is required; candidates for a Special Divisional Major should consult the director of undergraduate studies in French by the fall term of the junior year. For further information about the Special Divisional Major see under that heading in this chapter.
Group A courses (FREN 110–159) This group consists of language courses that lead directly to courses counting toward the major. Preregistration is required for all Group A courses except FREN 125 and 145. For further details, students should consult the departmental Web site under Placement and Pre-Registration, the Freshman Web site or see the director of undergraduate studies.
Group B courses (FREN 160–449, not including Group C courses) This group contains more advanced courses that are taught in French and count toward the major. FREN 160 and 170 are gateway courses that prepare students for courses numbered FREN 200 and above. Courses in the FREN 180–199 range are advanced language courses. Courses numbered 200–449 are advanced courses in literature and culture. The 200–299 range contains courses devoted to broad, general fields defined by century or genre; the 300–449 range contains courses devoted to specific topics within or across those general fields.
Group C courses This group comprises courses taught in English; readings may be in French or English. Two term courses from this group may be counted for credit toward the major.
Placement Proper placement is essential for productive language study. All students who have not yet taken French at Yale are expected to take the online departmental placement test. Students who study abroad during the summer with a non-Yale program must take the placement examination to qualify for credit for their study and to be placed in the appropriate more advanced course.
Please note that the online departmental placement test is given only once a year, over the summer. Details are posted on the departmental Web site under Placement and Pre-Registration.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE MAJOR (French Major information session on October 7th - info here)
Prerequisite FREN 150 or equivalent
Number of courses Standard major—10 term courses numbered 160 or above; Intensive major—12 term courses numbered 160 or above
Specific course required FREN 170 or equivalent
Distribution of courses Standard major—at least 4 courses in Group B numbered 200 or above; no more than 2 courses numbered FREN 180–199; no more than 2 courses conducted in English; Intensive major—same, plus 1 addtl Group B course numbered 200 or above
Substitution permitted With prior approval of DUS, up to 4 term courses outside French dept, as specified
Senior requirement Standard major—one-term senior essay in French or English (FREN 491); Intensive major—one-term (FREN 491) or two-term (FREN 493, 494) senior essay in French or English