Area of Concentration Requirements

French language is taught in a five-semester sequence after which students can enroll in courses and tutorials on literary and cultural topics. Beginning French I & II and Intermediate French I & II focus on oral and written communication.

Advanced French, which is offered each fall, is both a systematic review of grammar and an introduction to the study of literature in French. A placement test is offered at the start of the fall term so that students who have previously studied French can be placed at the appropriate level. After completing Advanced French, students are prepared to enroll in literature courses and tutorials in which they will read, discuss, and write in French.

Each spring one seminar is offered that is conducted entirely in French. These thematic surveys (L’amour interdit, Le rire à travers les siècles, Contes et conteurs, Représentations de l’enfance) expose students to a wide range of literary styles. In addition, one other literature course is offered each semester that is open both to students who can read French as well as to those who read in translation.

Students may complete an Area of Concentration in French with a focus in either French Literature or French Studies. In both cases, students are required to have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written French, as demonstrated by the completion of Advanced French or the equivalent, and strongly satisfactory evaluations in courses conducted in French.

Students are strongly encouraged to arrange an Independent Study Project or off-campus semester in a French-speaking country or region.

For a concentration in French Literature, students:

  • need to demonstrate, by means of courses and tutorials, familiarity with literature of different genres (long and short prose fiction, poetry, and drama) and historic periods (pre-1700; 1700-1899; 1900-present), including at least one course or tutorial in Francophone literature;
  • must complete one course or tutorial in literary theory;
  • are encouraged to undertake relevant course work in related fields, such as history, art history, music, philosophy, or political science.

Students are expected to complete at least 8-10 semesterlong courses or tutorials for the AOC, with as much coursework as possible in French.

For a concentration in French Studies, students need to complete courses and/or tutorials focused on France or the Francophone world in at least three different disciplines (in addition to literature, students may work in fields including art history, philosophy, political science, history, anthropology, etc.), with at least two semester-length projects in each discipline. Students are expected to complete at least 8-10 semester-length courses or tutorials for the AOC, with as much coursework as possible in French.

For either version of the French AOC, students are expected to complete at least 8-10 semester-long courses or tutorials, or 6-8 courses or a combined (joint) AOC. Only courses at the level of Advanced French or beyond count toward the AOC.

For courses taught in English that contribute to the AOC, students should focus their written work on topics related to France and/or the Francophone world, and use source materials written in French where possible.

For both tracks, only courses at the level of Advanced French or beyond count toward the AOC. Students are strongly encouraged to include study abroad (during a semester, ISP or summer) as part of their curriculum.

VIEW FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACT

VIEW FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED IN LAST 5 YEARS

Recently offered courses

  • Stories: Historic/Heuristic Fictions;
  • World War II France in Film and Fiction;
  • Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past;
  • The Twentieth-Century French Novel;
  • The French Renaissance: Humanism and Humor;
  • Twentieth-Century Drama;
  • Literary Movements of the Nineteenth Century;
  • Giving Voice to Identity: Francophone Literatures from the Americas;
  • African Stories: Fiction from Francophone Africa;
  • L’ amour interdit; Le rire à travers les siècles;
  • Contes et Conteurs;
  • Représentations de l’enfance.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for French Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Intermediate French I (LAC)Student's choiceIntermediate French II
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
Year 2Advanced FrenchStudent's choice OR French/ Francophone Literature6th-semester thematic survey: L'Amour interdit OR Contes et conteurs/conteuses OR Représentations de l'enfance OR Le rire à travers les siècles
Bilingual Literature Seminar (English Section)Literary Theory Course/ Tutorial
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
Year 3Bilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)French/ Francophone Literature OR Off-Campus ISP in a French-Speaking RegionBilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)
French Literature TutorialLAC/ other OR Off-Campus Study in a French-Speaking Region
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ other OR Off-Campus Study in a French-Speaking RegionLAC/ other
Year 4Thesis TutorialThesis Tutorial
Bilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)Bilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ otherLAC/ other

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for French Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Bilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)French/ Francophone LiteratureL'Amour interdit OR Contes et conteurs/conteuses OR Représentations de l'enfance OR Le rire à travers les siècles
Literary Theory Course/ TutorialTutorial: French/ Francophone Literature
OtherOther
OtherOther
Year 4Bilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)French/ Francophone LiteratureBilingual Literature Seminar (French Section)
Tutorial: French/ Francophone LiteratureTutorial: French/ Francophone Literature
Thesis TutorialThesis Tutorial
OtherOther