Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

French and Italian

Undergraduate Degrees

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French

For the lower division, FREN 250 French IV is required. The upper-division requirements include four core courses plus an additional five courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser (no more than two of which may be in English) are required.

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 Writing about Literature 4
FREN 351 Early Modern French Cultures, or
FREN 352 Modern French Cultures 4

Six upper-division French courses to be chosen from the following:
FREN 310 French Pronunciation and Conversation 4
FREN 320 French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present 4
FREN 347 Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature 4
FREN 351* Early Modern French Cultures 4
FREN 352* Modern French Cultures 4
FREN 360 Business and Technical French 4
FREN 370 Equality and Difference Around the Enlightenment 4
FREN 375 Global Narratives of Illness and Disability 4
FREN 381 Studies in an Author 4, max 8
FREN 383 French Women Writers 4
FREN 385 Colloquium: French Literature 4, max 8
FREN 386 Autobiographical Writing 4
FREN 400 20th-Century France 4
FREN 410 Actualités Françaises (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 432 French Theatre (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 445 Studies in Gender and Feminism 4
FREN 446 Contemporary French Thought 4, max 8
FREN 447 Decadence 4
FREN 449 Studies in French Civilization (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 464 Colloquium: French Civilization 4, max 8
FREN 470 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature 4
FREN 471 Readings in 17th Century French Literature 4
FREN 472 Readings in 18th Century French Literature 4
FREN 473 Readings in 19th Century French Literature 4
FREN 474 Readings in 20th Century French Literature 4
FREN 490x Directed Research 1–8, max 12
FREN 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

*Elective if not taken as a requirement.

French Minor Requirements

The department offers a French minor for students majoring in other disciplines. University requirements for minors are described on this page. The department minor requirements are listed below. No more than one course conducted in English may be counted toward the minor.

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 Writing about Literature 4

Remaining three upper-division courses to be chosen from the following:
FREN 310* French Pronunciation and Conversation 4
FREN 320 French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present (in English) 4
FREN 347 Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature 4
FREN 351 Early Modern French Cultures 4
FREN 352 Modern French Cultures 4
FREN 360* Business and Technical French 4
FREN 370 Equality and Difference around the Enlightenment 4
FREN 375 Global Narratives of Illness and Disability 4
FREN 381 Studies in an Author 4, max 8
FREN 383 French Women Writers 4
FREN 385 Colloquium: French Literature 4, max 8
FREN 386 Autobiographical Writing 4
FREN 400 20th-Century France 4
FREN 410 Actualités Françaises (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 432 French Theatre (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 445 Studies in Gender and Feminism 4
FREN 446 Contemporary French Thought (in English) 4, max 8
FREN 447 Decadence 4
FREN 449 Studies in French Civilization (Paris semester only) 4
FREN 464 Colloquium: French Civilization 4, max 8
FREN 470 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature 4
FREN 471 Readings in 17th Century French Literature 4
FREN 472 Readings in 18th Century French Literature 4
FREN 473 Readings in 19th Century French Literature 4
FREN 474 Readings in 20th Century French Literature 4
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. No more than one course conducted in English may be counted toward the minor.

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.

Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Italian

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

Required Courses — Upper Division (6 courses) units
No more than two courses conducted in English may be counted toward the major. A maximum of three courses may be completed outside the department.

Core course:
ITAL 320 Writing About Italian Literature 4

Remaining 5 upper-division Italian courses to be chosen from the following:
ITAL 330 Advanced Italian Composition and Style 4
ITAL 340 Italian Literature from Unification to Fascism (in English) 4
ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy (in English) 4
ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) 4
ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers 4
ITAL 435 Ruins, Magic and Melancholy: Italian Literature 1600–1860 4
ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy 4
ITAL 446 Italian Cinema and Society (in English) 4
ITAL 450 Dante 4
ITAL 461 Theatre, Spectacle, Drama and Performance in Italy 4
ITAL 462 The Novella Tradition: Fables and Stories 4
ITAL 470 Modern and Postmodern Italian Literature 4
ITAL 480 Perceptions of the Exotic in Italian Culture 4
ITAL 490x Directed Research 1–8
ITAL 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8

Italian Minor Requirements

The department offers an Italian minor for students majoring in other disciplines. No more than one class conducted in English may be counted toward the major.

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 Writing About Italian Literature (or equivalent) 4

Plus 3 upper-division courses to be chosen from the following:
ITAL 330 Advanced Italian Composition and Style 4
ITAL 340 Italian Literature from Unification to Fascism (in English) 4
ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy (in English) 4
ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) 4
ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers 4
ITAL 435 Ruins, Magic and Melancholy: Italian Literature 1600–1860 4
ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy 4
ITAL 446 Italian Cinema and Society (in English) 4
ITAL 450 Dante 4
ITAL 461 Theatre, Spectacle, Drama and Performance in Italy 4
ITAL 462 The Novella Tradition: Fables and Stories 4
ITAL 470 Modern and Postmodern Italian Literature 4
ITAL 480 Perceptions of the Exotic in Italian Culture 4
ITAL 490x Directed Research 1–8
ITAL 499 Special Topics 2–4, max 8