Download: French Studies Major Checklist

The major in French studies promotes the acquisition of superior language skills while offering an opportunity to explore, through a set of interdisciplinary approaches, the richness of French and Francophone cultures, which includes oral and literary traditions, the visual and performance arts, the history of ideas, medicine, and science as well as current social issues. Emphasis is placed on developing critical and analytical skills which enhance the appreciation of cultural history and on broadening and deepening students’ understanding of values foreign to their own.

The following are the requirements to complete the French Studies Major:

  • Students are required to take a minimum of 10* courses on campus and abroad to complete their major. A semester of study abroad as a junior major is required; a year is highly recommended.

* If you begin your study of French here at Colby in either 128 or 131, you need take only 9 other courses in French to fulfill the basic requirements for the major. If you begin somewhere in the required 125-126-127 sequence, you need take only 128 or 131 and another 8 courses.

  • Students are required to take at least one course (4 credit hours) conducted in French each semester. For those students returning from study abroad in their junior year, these courses must be numbered 300 and higher. Faculty welcome the opportunity to sponsor independent study with students wishing to examine a particular topic in greater depth. Such independent study pursued in a given semester or during the JanPlan, however, cannot substitute for any course (4 credit hours) required for the major or the requirement to take one course among those offered on campus in a given semester .
  • Courses at the 200-level
    • FR231
    • at least two other 200-level courses; all 200-level courses required for the major must be taken prior to studying abroad
  • One course needs to focus on early modern France (pre-1800)
    such as FR232, FR332, FR377, FR378, FR392
  • One course needs to focus on the Francophone world
    such as FR236, FR237, FR238, FR351, FR361, FR370, FR397
  • As of the class of 2020, one course needs to focus on the acquisition of critical tools and methods or application of theory
    such as FR 252, FR323, FR351, FR354, FR355, FR371, FR373, FR397
  • Students need to take the Senior Seminar (FR493) during their senior year by electing the seminar section of a 300-level course in the fall or the spring semester.
  • Courses taken abroad
    • Colby in Dijon courses are approved and grades count toward global entry students’ GPA; only FR233 (taught by Prof Weiss) counts toward the major in French studies.
    • Courses taken abroad in programs other than Colby in Dijon:
      • Must be approved by the major advisor. This can normally be done via e-mail after the program begins, when students know which courses are offered.
      • Count toward the major, but grades do not count toward the student’s GPA.
    • Up to 3 courses from a semester program abroad—and a maximum of 5 from a year-long program or from two semesters abroad—can be counted toward the major.