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Prosper Sanou, Director

A student wishing to major in French language and literature may choose between two concentrations. These concentrations are designed to allow maximum flexibility in the students' programs and to fulfill their varying needs and interests. All require as a basis a solid preparation in the language of the major. Students will choose one of the concentrations according to whether they wish to acquire a general humanistic background or to prepare for graduate study in literature (Concentration A); whether they wish to prepare for teaching on the secondary school level (Concentration A); or whether they wish to prepare for work in law, government, international relations, business, banking, hotel management, or translation and interpretation (Concentration A or B).

All courses for the major in French must be taken for a letter grade (except that S is acceptable for courses completed through Challenge credit). All upper-division courses offered for the major must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer students who wish to graduate with a major in French must take at least 12 credits of the major language in residence at Stony Brook.

Note: All students should consult with the appropriate departmental advisor. Students opting for Concentration B must obtain departmental approval for their program by submitting it in advance, after consultation with the advisor, to the director of undergraduate studies. In order to complement the major in French, students are encouraged to take upper-division courses in related fields: English, history, art, music, etc.


The Major in French

The major in French language and literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The following courses are required. Completion of the major requirements entails 36 credits (Concentration A) or 42 credits (Concentration B).

A. Concentration in Language and Literature

1. Required courses:

a. Language courses:

  • FRN 311 Conversation and Composition
  • FRN 312 Introduction to Stylistics
  • FRN 411 Phonetics and Diction
  • FRN 412 Stylistics

b. Literature courses:

  • FRN 395, 396 Readings in French Literature: Analysis and Interpretation

c. Electives Courses

  • 18 additional credits in FRN -courses beyond FRN 395, 396, of which 12 credits must be in literature (Two courses from among HUF 211, 216, 219, and HUL 424 are also acceptable)

3. Upper-division writing requirement: Consult the designated adviser for details.
 

B. Concentration in French and a Second Discipline

1. Required courses for a total of 30 credits:

  • FRN 311 Conversation and Composition
  • FRN 312 Introduction to Stylistics
  • FRN 395, 396 Readings in French Literature: Analysis and Interpretation
  • FRN 411 Phonetics and Diction
  • FRN 412 Stylistics
  • One additional course in French literature numbered 300 or above
  • FRN 441, or HUF 216, or HUF 219 French Civilization
  • Two additional FRN or HUF courses

2. Elective courses:

  • 12 additional credits (nine of which must be at the 300 level) to be chosen with the help of the designated advisor and approved by the department. Students normally choose a sequence of four courses in a department or program other than French.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement
In order to demonstrate proficiency in writing English, students majoring in Italian must present a dossier of a minimum of two papers of at least three to five pages each. The dossier must be submitted before the end of the second semester of the junior year to the designated faculty advisor for French. The dossier consists of papers previously composed for upper-division courses in the department. If these papers were originally written in French, they must be rewritten in English. These papers are judged by a faculty committee for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness of style. If the dossier is found to be unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to rewrite and resubmit the work in the senior year.

Secondary Teacher Preparation Program
Students in the Teacher Preparation Program must complete at least 36 credits in FRN to satisfy the SED requirements.
See our  Teaching Preparation Program page

The Minor in French

There are two emphases: one in language and one in literature. Each emphasis requires 21 credits.

All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade (except that S is acceptable for Challenge credit). All upper-division courses intended to fulfill minor requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer students who wish to graduate with a minor in French must take at least six credits of upper-division French courses in residence at Stony Brook.

A. Emphasis on Language

  • Required courses:FRN 311, 312, 395 or 396, 410, 411, 412, 441or HUF 216

Note: A French literature course or HUL 384 may be substituted for FRN 410

B. Emphasis on Literature

  • Required courses: FRN 311 312, 395, 396
  • Electives: Three additional literature courses at the 300 and 400 level

For the graduate programs in French click here


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