French Major

Additional Information on the Department of French and Italian

The major in French introduces students to the literature, culture, and thought of France and the Francophone world, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Students may also explore Creole and Cajun languages in linguistics classes and field work. The junior year and semester abroad programs are integral to the majors in French and Italian and are also encouraged for non-majors.

(eleven courses, 33 credits)


Group I Basic Core Courses (15 credits)

Group II Advanced Courses (six courses, 18 credits, which includes Senior Seminar; for double majors, five courses, 15 credits, including the Senior Seminar)

Five advanced courses at the 400- or 600-level (four for double majors), which may include one literature in translation course at the 300 level or one elective at the advanced level in a related field outside the department, e.g., a course in French art or French history. JYA students must take at least one of these advanced courses on Tulane campus.


Francophone Area Studies Concentration

Students with a strong interest in the histories, cultures, and literatures of French-speaking peoples outside of Europe (the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Viet Nam, Louisiana) and the linguistic particularities of those areas can pursue a Francophone Studies Concentration within the French major. Students will take at least three courses in Francophone Area Studies from the list of catalog courses below. Students may also seek approval for relevant special topics courses (recent examples of which are listed below). The completion of the Concentration will appear on students’ transcripts.


Courses in the Francophone Area Studies Concentration

Catalog Courses:

Recent Special Topics Courses: