Pre-2016 Requirements

The following requirements apply for students who declared a major or minor track in French before 2016, unless an explicit request was made to graduate under the new set of requirements.

Requirements for the Major in French

Requirements for the major in French consist of successful completion of 11 courses beyond the Intermediate level (210.201–202) and culminating in the senior thesis [Note: This thesis requirement was waived for all classes graduating in May 2016 and later]. These include:

  • Two semesters of Advanced Writing and Speaking in French (210.301–302)
  • Two semesters of Introduction to French Literature (212.333–334)
  • Eloquent French (210.417)
  • At least five additional courses at the 300 or 400 level
    • Of the five courses, at least three must be in French literature (212 prefix). No more than two can be taken under the French cultural studies prefix (211).
    • These courses must be chosen with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies and of the student’s faculty adviser from the French section so as to form a coherent intellectual concentration.
  • Senior Seminar (212.430). The Senior Seminar must be taken in the final semester of study. The semester preceding the Senior Seminar, students must register for the 1-credit Thesis Prep (212.429), which does not count as one of the 11 required courses for the major. [Note: This requirement was waived for all classes graduating in 2016 and later.]

All the requirements for the major in French, including credit equivalents for study abroad, can be found in the old French major chart.

Please contact the director of undergraduate studies for French, Professor Sara Miglietti, with any questions about the major or minor in French.

Requirements for the Minor in French Literature

Requirements for the minor in French literature consist of successful completion of seven courses beyond the Intermediate or High Intermediate level (210.201–202 or 210.203–204), including:

  • Two semesters of Advanced Writing and Speaking in French (210.301–302)
  • Both semesters of Introduction to French Literature, I and II (212.333–334)
  • Three other advanced courses at the 300 or 400 level. The student may elect three courses under the French literature prefix (212) OR two courses under the French literature (212) and 210.417 Eloquent French.

Requirements for the Minor in French Cultural Studies

The minor in French cultural studies fosters deep understanding of French and Francophone societies and cultures grounded in exceptionally advanced training in the French language. Faculty help students master key components of French that enable rich and complex expression, such as linking words, idioms, and registers of style and diction, as well as to appreciate grammatical differences between French and English.

Upper-level courses in French cultural studies explore how the French and Francophone world perceives and addresses leading contemporary issues including class and power, gender and sexuality, religion and belief, education, the environment, conflict, and solidarity. Through distinctly French approaches to analyzing visual and written materials, students learn to decipher and contextualize the signs, features, and behaviors innate to any foreign culture.

Requirements for the minor in French cultural studies consist of successful completion of seven courses beyond the Intermediate level (210.201–202), including:

  • Two semesters of Advanced Reading and Writing in French (210.301–302)
  • Two semesters of La France Contemporaine (211.401-402), which explores French and Francophone society, politics, and culture through a wide variety of media: fiction and nonfiction readings (graphic novels, news periodicals, popular magazines), films, music, art, websites, and podcasts.
  • Either Eloquent French (210.417) or Real French (211.420) (only one of these can count toward the minor).
    • Eloquent French focuses on sophisticated forms of expression used in formal situations, along with some features of familiar speech.
    • Real French, which includes most components of Eloquent French, trains students to understand both the formal and familiar (slang) levels of everyday communication.
    • Both courses are unique to Johns Hopkins and cannot be taken elsewhere.
  • Two advanced courses in 211.3xx-4xx (French culture) or 212.3xx-4xx (French literature).
    • Only one of these courses may be taken during study abroad.

Please contact the director of undergraduate studies for French, Professor Sara Miglietti, with any questions about the minor in French cultural studies.