Major programs may be organized historically, around a genre (like poetry, drama, or prose fiction), or around a period concept or movement (such as the Enlightenment, baroque, classicism and romanticism, or existentialism).  Major programs normally include at least one term of study in France.  Two of the LSA+ and/or three of the FSP courses count towards the major.

Prerequisite: French 8

The French Major consists of ten (minimum) or more courses above the level of FREN 8, excluding FREN 15, which does not count towards the major, and French 11. Each major must include a French 10 (prerequisite for all upper-level courses), (1) either FREN 20 or FREN 21; (2) either FREN 22 or FREN 23; and (3) either FREN 24 or FREN 25 (to be completed by the end of the junior year). FREN 8 taken on the L.S.A.+ satisfies the prerequisite for the major.  FREN 10 and FREN 12 taken on the L.S.A.+, and FREN 29, FREN 30, and FREN 31 taken on the F.S.P., may count toward the major.   FRIT courses taught in English (see French and Italian in Translation) may count toward the major if the student attends a weekly x-hour and does reading and all written work in French.  During their senior year, as their culminating experience, majors must take either FREN 78: Senior Major Workshop or, with special permission, an upper-level French course (numbered FREN 40 or above). Students taking an upper-level FREN course as their culminating experience are required to supplement the regular reading with extra materials chosen in consultation with the instructor, and to write a research or critical paper of at least twenty pages. A written 2-3 page petition and proposal must be submitted by October 25th of student's senior year, outlining the project that the student plans to complete in the proposed course.  This must be a project directly related to the course in question, and must include a bibliography. French courses numbered 40 and above may be taken for major credit more than once, in cases where the topic is different. The major plan must be approved by the French Major Advisor.