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French Honors Major

If you are qualified, you may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of your junior year (or at the beginning of your senior year following participation in a junior year study-abroad program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French.

Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only.

Prerequisites to entering RLL's honors major in French

  • Demonstrated superior ability in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a French Major GPA of 3.5 are required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French

Requirements in the program

  • Normal concentration requirements in French must be completed
  • Three additional credits in French and Francophone Studies at the level of 300 or above
  • Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages
  • Enroll in ROMLANG 498 or French 491 (if RomLang 498 is not offered) in the fall term of their senior year: this course counts as 3 credits toward the completion of the major at the 300-level or higher
  • Enroll in FRENCH 492 in the winter term of their senior year: this course counts as 3 credits toward the completion of the major at the 300-level or higher
  • A presentation and discussion of your thesis and of an agreed-upon set of related readings with members of the faculty (Thesis defense)

If you wish to participate, you should contact Linda Burger, for the contact information of the current Honors advisor in French and fill out an application form. Upon successful completion, your faculty advisor will send a report to the Honors program with your thesis title and a recommendation of honors, high honors or highest honors in French.

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Faculty Interests

David Caron:

  • LGBT literature, cultures and film
  • HIV/AIDS in literature, culture and film
  • Jewish Studies
  • The Holocaust
  • The extreme-right in France
  • The Dreyfus Affair
  • French colonial Indochina
  • Francophone literature related to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
  • Asian minority communities in France, including Southeast Asian and Chinese
  • Cities, neighborhoods and other topics on urban life and history
  • The everyday
  • Medicine and literature
  • Testimonial literature
  • The modern and contemporary French novel
  • French film

Peggy McCracken:

  • Animals, animality and the human
  • Gender and sexuality in medieval French narratives
  • French feminist theory
  • Film adaptations of medieval narratives
  • Gender and translation
  • Medieval medicine

Jarrod Hayes:

  • French Sephardic studies
  • New Novel, New Wave, Theater of the Absurd
  • Coming of Age in the French Colonies
  • The gender of race in the French Americas
  • Detective fiction in French
  • Transgender identities in the Francophone world
  • Queer cinema in the Francophone world
  • The homoerotics of Orientalism
  • Marseille in literature and film
  • The French slave trade and its aftermath
  • Immigrant writing in Quebec
  • Montreal, French American city
  • Reading Proust

George Hoffmann:

  • Montaigne’s essays and the essay form in general
  • The Reformation
  • Early modern court entertainment
  • The Algerian war
  • French Polynesia
  • French Melanesia
  • Theories of objects
  • Secularism and laïcité
  • Early modern travel literature
  • French influence on Shakespeare
  • Early conceptions of exoticism
  • Rabelais and early modern humor
  • History of atheism

Michèle Hanoosh:

  • Nineteenth-century literature, art, and culture
  • Relations between the arts (literature, art, music, theater, opera): illustration, adaptation, art criticism, writer-artists and artist-writers, etc.
  • Representations of the city
  • Caricature, satire, parody
  • Censorship and trials of literature and art
  • History and theory of modernity
  • Representations of history
  • The bohème
  • Technology
  • Autobiography
  • Representations of revolution
  • Fashion, dandyism
  • The grotesque