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French and Italian Studies B.A.

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 33 to 75
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The French and Italian studies major allows students interested in both cultures and languages to pursue a combined major. Students study specific works in each nation's literature while also exploring the interrelations and cross-cultural exchanges that have contributed to Italian and French literature and culture. This comparative perspective introduces students to a broad range of issues and cultural practices.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Complete the introductory 4-semester French and Italian sequences, or their equivalents. Students must formally declare a major within the department before completing the majority of the major elective requirements.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of French and Italian. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the French and Italian Studies BA is FREN. Majors complete a minimum of 10 upper-division FREN, FRIT and ITAL courses for 31 credits, plus a senior project. At least 4 of the 10 upper division FREN, FRIT and ITAL courses (not counting the senior project) must be taken in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Prerequisites
In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may place out through EPT or LPE examinations.
Beginning and Intermediate French
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
FREN 1001 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1002 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
or FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
Beginning and Intermediate Italian
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
· ITAL 1001 - Beginning Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1002 - Beginning Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1003 - Intermediate Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1004 - Intermediate Italian (5.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take the following 4 courses for a total of 13 credits.
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication (3.0 cr)
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication (3.0 cr)
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
ITAL 3015 - Reading, Conversation, and Composition (4.0 cr)
Upper Division French Courses
Take at least 1 additional upper division French course at the 3xxx-5xxx level for at least 3 credits. FREN 30xx and 37xx courses do NOT fulfill the upper division French courses sub-requirement.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
· FREN 5xxx
Upper Division Italian Courses
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ITAL 3xxx
· ITAL 4xxx
· ITAL 5xxx
Upper Division French & Italian Courses
FRIT 5999 does NOT fulfill the upper division French & Italian courses sub-requirement.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FRIT 3xxx
· FRIT 5xxx
Senior Project
The senior project is completed in the last or next-to-last semester before graduation. Research topics must be approved by course instructor. Papers are written in consultation with course instructor or other appropriate faculty member. Double majors can complete the senior project in their other CLA major, but are still responsible for taking 31 upper-division major credits.
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling 2 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
Seminar
· FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· Directed Studies
· FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis [WI] (2.0-4.0 cr)
or ITAL 3459W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis [WI] (2.0-4.0 cr)
or ITAL 3459W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
 
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FREN 1001 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01214
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings.
FREN 1002 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360 - Fren 1002/4002/4022/Mont 1002
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings. prereq: 1001 or equiv
FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360
Prerequisites: 2 or more yrs high school French
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied French in high school or at community colleges and who do not place high enough on placement exam to enter 1003. An accelerated review of Fren 1001 followed by the material covered in Fren 1002. prereq: 2 or more yrs high school French
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01216
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1002 or Entrance Proficiency Test
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01217
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1003 or Entrance Proficiency Test
ITAL 1001 - Beginning Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01218
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Emphasis on the four language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading) and on Italian culture.
ITAL 1002 - Beginning Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01219 - Flor 1002/Ital 1002/Ital 4002
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Listening, speaking, writing, reading. Italian culture. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
ITAL 1003 - Intermediate Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01220 - Flor 1003/Ital 1003/Ital 4003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
BENVENUTI AL 3º SEMESTRE D?ITALIANO! Throughout the semester in Italian 1003, you will be able to consider your own point of view while learning about various Italian perspectives as we examine topics ranging from housing and historical and contemporary urban design to responsible tourism, linguistic variety, and social problems. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to use Italian to communicate in everyday situations to share personal information about yourself, express your opinions, wishes and desires, make suggestions and give advice, as well as appropriately use active vocabulary. You will continue to acquire basic cross-cultural pragmatic information to help you manage conversations in a culturally appropriate manner, and once again, you will expand your cultural knowledge by talking face to face with your Italian Tandem partner several times over the semester. As with other Italian language course, preparatory activities designed to encourage you to analyze grammatical points in question need to be completed before class so class time can be primarily devoted to meaningful interactions in Italian. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to enroll in Italian 1004.
ITAL 1004 - Intermediate Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01221 - Ital 1004/Ital 4004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Grammar review and development of intermediate level of proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Emphasis on some cultural aspects of contemporary Italy. prereq: 1001, 1002, 1003
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01215
Prerequisites: 1004 or equiv or #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced study of French with particular emphasis on grammar review, vocabulary building, oral communication skills, and language usage in cultural contexts. prereq: 1004 or equiv or instr consent
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02275
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced study of grammar in context; emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. prereq: 3015
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing intensive. Critical methods, standards of scholarship, and body of knowledge specific to French and Francophone studies. Understand/analyze literary and nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv
ITAL 3015 - Reading, Conversation, and Composition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive reading, writing, speaking practice. Study of cultural materials in authentic formats. prereq: 1004
FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The Senior Project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the Senior Project Course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The senior project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the senior project course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439 - Fren 4101W/Fren 4101V/Fren 410
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Completion of research paper based on paper written for previous course or expansion of project undertaken in concurrent course. prereq: instr consent, [completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS]
FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis (WI)
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed study used to develop or complete honors thesis in French and Francophone studies. prereq: [Completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS], candidate for honors in French, instr consent
ITAL 3459W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/writing on issue/theme in Italian studies. Projects range from scholarly paper to artistic/creative writing or musical composition, photography, poetry, or fiction. Research/analytical component. prereq: completion of pre-requisite for major (3015) and eight electives for the sum of 30 credits
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing intensive. Critical methods, standards of scholarship, and body of knowledge specific to French and Francophone studies. Understand/analyze literary and nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv
FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The Senior Project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the Senior Project Course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The senior project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the senior project course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439 - Fren 4101W/Fren 4101V/Fren 410
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Completion of research paper based on paper written for previous course or expansion of project undertaken in concurrent course. prereq: instr consent, [completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS]
FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis (WI)
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed study used to develop or complete honors thesis in French and Francophone studies. prereq: [Completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS], candidate for honors in French, instr consent
ITAL 3459W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/writing on issue/theme in Italian studies. Projects range from scholarly paper to artistic/creative writing or musical composition, photography, poetry, or fiction. Research/analytical component. prereq: completion of pre-requisite for major (3015) and eight electives for the sum of 30 credits