University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

French and Italian

Undergraduate Degrees

Advisement

All French and Italian department majors should consult with the department student adviser and with our faculty adviser for French and Italian. Students should seek an appointment early in each semester so that an advisement file may be established for each student.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French

For the lower division, FREN 250 French IV is required. The upper-division requirements include three core courses plus an additional six courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser (no more than two of which may be in English). Of the additional six courses, at least two must be at the 400 level.

Lower Division units
FREN 250 French IV 4

upper division (9 courses) units
Required core courses:
FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition 4
FREN 330 Critical Writing in French 4
FREN 351 Introduction to Research in French and Francophone Cultures 4

Six upper-division French courses to be chosen from the following and to include at least two 400-level courses:
FREN 310 Media French 4
FREN 320 French Cinema 4
FREN 347 Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature 4
FREN 360 Business and Technical French 4
FREN 370 Equality and Difference Around the Enlightenment 4
FREN 373 Remembering Loss, Writing Memory 4
FREN 375 Global Narratives of Illness and Disability 4
FREN 382 Paris Avant-Gardes (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 383 French Women Writers 4
FREN 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies 4, max 8
FREN 393 Seminar in French Thought and Theory 4
FREN 401 Studies in Early Modernity 4, max 8
FREN 402 Studies in Modernity 4, max 8
FREN 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism 4, max 8
FREN 404 Studies in an Author 4
FREN 410 Actualités Françaises (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 432 French Theatre (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 445 Studies in Gender, Feminism and Sexuality 4
FREN 446 Contemporary French Thought 4, max 8
FREN 448 France and Islam 4
FREN 449 Studies in French Civilization (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 464 Colloquium: French Civilization 4, max 8
FREN 490x Directed Research 1–8, max 12
FREN 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

French Minor Requirements

For the lower division, FREN 250 French IV is required. The upper-division requirements include two core courses plus an additional three courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser (no more than one of which may be in English). One of the three required upper-division courses must be at the 400 level. FREN 310 and FREN 360 may not both be taken for credit toward the minor in French.

Lower Division units
FREN 250 French IV 4

Upper Division (5 courses) units
Required core courses:
FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition 4
FREN 330 Critical Writing in French 4

Remaining three upper-division courses to be chosen from the following:
FREN 310* Media French 4
FREN 320 French Cinema 4
FREN 347 Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature 4
FREN 351 Introduction to Research in French and Francophone Cultures 4
FREN 360* Business and Technical French 4
FREN 370 Equality and Difference Around the Enlightenment 4
FREN 373 Remembering Loss, Writing Memory 4
FREN 375 Global Narratives of Illness and Disability 4
FREN 382 Paris Avant-Gardes (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 383 French Women Writers 4
FREN 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies 4, max 8
FREN 393 Seminar in French Thought and Theory 4
FREN 401 Studies in Early Modernity 4, max 8
FREN 402 Studies in Modernity 4, max 8
FREN 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism 4, max 8
FREN 404 Studies in an Author 4
FREN 410 Actualités Françaises (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 432 French Theatre (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 445 Studies in Gender, Feminism and Sexuality 4
FREN 446 Contemporary French Thought 4
FREN 448 France and Islam 4
FREN 449 Studies in French Civilization (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 464 Colloquium: French Civilization 4, max 8
FREN 490x Directed Research 1–8, max 12
FREN 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

*FREN 310 and 360 cannot both be taken for credit toward the minor in French.

Honors Program

The B.A. in French with Honors is available to students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses counted for major credit. To complete the honors program the student must complete three 400-level courses and write an honors thesis of 25–30 pages in French in one of the 400-level courses. The topic of the thesis must be agreed upon with the instructor.

French Honors Society: Pi Delta Phi

Qualifications

Undergraduate students must have completed one semester of upper-division French with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in French and overall. Graduate students must be candidates for advanced degrees in French.

Sequence

A placement test is required of all students resuming French after high school courses in French.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Italian

The upper-division requirements include one core course plus an additional five courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser (no more than two of which may be in English). Of the additional five courses, at least two must be at the 400 level. A maximum of three courses may be completed outside the department.

Required Courses — Lower Division units
Some or all of these courses may be waived by examination.
ITAL 120 Italian I 4
ITAL 150 Italian II 4
ITAL 220 Italian III 4
ITAL 224 Italian Composition and Conversation 4

Upper Division (6 courses) units
Core course:
ITAL 320 Critical Writing in Italian 4

Five upper-division Italian courses to be chosen from the following and to include at least two 400-level courses:
ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy (in English) 4
ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) 4
ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film 4
ITAL 360 Italian Cinema (in English) 4
ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers 4
ITAL 381 Storytelling in the Italian Tradition (in English) 4
ITAL 382 Dante (in English) 4
ITAL 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies (in English) 4
ITAL 393 Seminar in Italian Thought (in English) 4
ITAL 401 Studies in Early Modernity 4, max 8
ITAL 402 Studies in Modernity 4, max 8
ITAL 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism 4, max 8
ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy 4
ITAL 461 Italian Theatre 4
ITAL 490x Directed Research 1–8
ITAL 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

Italian Minor Requirements

The upper-division requirements include one core course plus an additional three courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser (no more than one of which may be in English). Of the additional four courses, at least one must be at the 400 level.

Lower Division Units
Some or all of these classes may be waived by examination.
ITAL 120 Italian I 4
ITAL 150 Italian II 4
ITAL 220 Italian III 4
ITAL 224 Italian Composition and Conversation 4

Upper Division (4 Courses) Units
Required core course:
ITAL 320 Critical Writing in Italian 4

Three upper-division Italian courses to be chosen from the following and to include at least one 400-level course:
ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy (in English) 4
ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) 4
ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film 4
ITAL 360 Italian Cinema (in English) 4
ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers 4
ITAL 381 Storytelling in the Italian Tradition (in English) 4
ITAL 382 Dante (in English) 4
ITAL 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies (in English) 4
ITAL 393 Seminar in Italian Thought (in English) 4
ITAL 401 Studies in Early Modernity 4, max 8
ITAL 402 Studies in Modernity 4, max 8
ITAL 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism 4, max 8
ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy 4
ITAL 461 Italian Theatre 4
ITAL 490x Directed Research 1–8
ITAL 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

Honors Program

The B.A. in Italian with Honors is available to students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses counted for major credit. To complete the honors program the student must complete three 400-level courses and write an honors thesis of 25–30 pages in Italian in one of the 400-level courses. The topic of the thesis must be agreed upon with the instructor.

Italian Honors Society: Gamma Kappa Alpha

Qualifications

Undergraduate students must have completed one semester of upper division Italian with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Italian and overall.

Sequence

A placement test is required of all students resuming Italian after high school courses in Italian.