French and Francophone Studies concentration
(10 required courses)
The concentration in French and Francophone Studies is committed to the pursuit of an interdisciplinary, linguistically rigorous, and textually informed understanding of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Concentrators engage actively through their coursework with a wide range of critical perspectives, pertaining to multiple literary genres, media, and contexts. They have opportunities to study different periods of French culture as well as Francophone cultures beyond France.
The concentration program is designed to encourage and support language-specific study. Literary texts and cultural documents are read principally in the original. Likewise, in most courses, French is the language of class discussions, presentations and research/critical papers. Concentrators thus achieve advanced proficiency in the language. By the time they graduate, they will have learned to read with knowledge and nuance and will have produced a varied body of critical work in French.
Our concentrators are strongly encouraged to spend one or two semesters (usually in their junior year) in France or in a Francophone country to derive the richest benefits of linguistic and cultural immersion.
Along with close reading and attentiveness to cultural context, effective writing—i.e. writing that is clear, rigorous, informed, nuanced and persuasive—is considered a key skill for the concentration in French and Francophone Studies. Thus all courses offered by the department (starting at the 600--level) are writing-intensive, designated WRIT, which means that they satisfy the University’s Writing Requirement. In our courses students have the opportunity to write at least two papers, and receive substantive feedback and advice as they develop their writing. (All Brown undergraduates must complete at least one approved WRIT course by the end of their 4th semester, and a second WRIT course during their 5th-7th semesters.) Students who have performed outstandingly in their concentration courses, have completed at least six concentration courses by the first semester of their senior year, and are highly recommended by two professors, are eligible to apply for admission to the honors program.
A minimum of 10 courses is required for the concentration in French and Francophone Studies. Concentrators must observe the following guidelines when planning their concentration. It is recommended that course choices for each semester be discussed with the department’s concentration advisor.
-- FREN 600 is accepted for concentration credit
-- Required courses:
• One course at the 700 or 800 level.
• FREN 1510 (no more than two may count for concentration credit)
• FREN 1900 (senior seminar)
-- Students may count up to four courses (taken in French) for concentration credit from a semester’s study abroad and up to five courses from a full year abroad. A year or semester of study abroad in France or a Francophone country is considered an integral part of the concentration and is therefore highly recommended. Students should consult the concentration advisor prior to going abroad to find out which types of courses will count for the concentration.
-- Seven electives, respecting the following criteria:
• A minimum of four courses offered in the Department of French Studies;
• At least two 1000-level courses offered in the Department of French Studies (in addition to FREN 1510 and FREN 1900) are required;
• Up to two 1000-level courses taught in English offered by French Studies or other departments at Brown are eligible for concentration credit. (Appropriate courses on French or Francophone topics from other departments must be approved by the concentration advisor. Departments in which electives are typically taken include Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, Linguistics, Modern Culture and Media);
• At least one course must cover a pre-Revolutionary period (FREN 1000, FREN 1030, FREN 1040, FREN 1050, FREN 1110 or another appropriate course) and at least one course a post-Revolutionary period (FREN 1060, FREN 1070, or another appropriate course).
The Concentration Advisor for the Department of French Studies, Prof. Thangam Ravindranathan, will be happy to discuss the concentration program in French Studies with interested students. She can be reached by e-mail, phone (401-863-2740) or in Room 208 during regular office hours.