History / French Double Major

Program Description

The History / French double major is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of France and its history. The program combines the offerings of the History and French Departments to form a coherent curriculum that joins the rigorous historical study of France or related Francophone countries with the in-depth study of literature and culture, including mastery of the language.

This program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in History, French, and Global, Cultural, or International Studies, for other professional study, or for employment in related areas.

Students completing the program will acquire the following:  competence in the French language; general knowledge of French literature and culture and of the tools used in its study; knowledge of French and Francophone history and the methods of historical study; and more advanced knowledge of the French or Francophone areas they choose to investigate at a senior undergraduate level.

Please note that acceptance into this major requires an in-person meeting with an advisor in the history department. Please visit Van Dyck Hall, room 111 to speak with a history advisor. The Major should be discussed with the Undergraduate Director in French as well.

Program Outline

Students take 45 credits, distributed as follows:

Sample four-year program for a student completing a History/French major:

1 420: 131-2 (1 counts towards major) 510: 101,102 (Dev. Europe)
2 215-216
2 French History or adjacent
3 1 300 level
1 300 level
2 French History or adjacent
4 1 400 level 1 joint senior seminar

(Sample only; individual programs will vary widely)

Note that this program leaves ample room for the student to complete College distribution requirements, as well as, if desired, a second major, and to participate in study abroad or Honors. Students are encouraged to consider shaping their program to develop broad competency in specific areas, such as Francophone studies, medieval studies, modern France, and the like. Technical Options and remarks

510: 101, 102 Development of Europe                
       363 Germany since 1914
       417 First World War
       427 Intellectual History of Modern Europe
       445 Industrial Revolution

508: 322 West Africa
       422 African Cultural History
Other courses may be added upon written approval of an advisor.