This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
A major in French is a program of study of French language and literature. It consists of a minimum of eight courses at the 300 and 400 levels. It must include FREN 361, and five 400-level literature courses. Two courses at the 350 level are required before any 400-level literature course may be taken. Exceptions to this rule can be made only with the approval of the department chair. The 400-level courses are divided into the following categories: French: Pre-1800 (category 1) and Post-1800 (category 2).
Independent study courses are permitted only when the above distribution requirements are met. FREN 490 is open only to candidates who are studying independently for honors. Majors who qualify are strongly encouraged to participate in the France Study Group.
Pre-1800 (category 1)
- FREN 421 - The Classical Stage
- FREN 423 - The 18th-Century Epistolary Novel in France
- FREN 425 - Libertine Fiction of the French 18th Century
- FREN 427 - Literature of the Renaissance
- FREN 429 - The Age of Enlightenment
- FREN 431 - Molière and La Fontaine
- FREN 433 - The Court of Louis XIV
- FREN 481 - Major French Authors
Post-1800 (category 2)
- FREN 430 - Literature of Adventure and Quest
- FREN 441 - Readings in French Poetry I
- FREN 445 - 20th-Century French Autobiography
- FREN 447 - The French Novel in the Romantic Period
- FREN 449 - The Realist and Naturalist Novel
- FREN 453 - Contemporary Literature in French
- FREN 455 - Francophone Voices from North Africa
- FREN 482 - Major French Authors
- FREN 485 - Words into Paintings: Paintings into Words
The following regulations apply:
- With some restrictions, only 300- and 400-level courses in language and literature may be counted.
- FREN 361 may be taken for major credit on campus only. An exception is made for students who have received credit for this course by scoring 5 on the AP language exam.
- A student who has completed a 400-level course may not take a 350-level survey course.
- No course with a grade of less than C– is credited toward a major. For graduation, the minimum GPA required in courses counting toward a major is 2.00 (C); all departmental courses taken in the major are used to calculate this average.
- No more than two departmental courses counting toward a major or may be taken in any one term. Exceptions to this rule can be made only under very unusual circumstances and with the approval of the department chair.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Romance Languages and Literatures department page.
Romance Languages and Literatures Department
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Romance Language and Literatures department catalogue page.