French and Francophone Studies

French and Francophone Studies

French and Francophone Studies

Administrative Information

Undergraduate Adviser: Prof. Vincent Debaene, 501 Philosophy; 854-3522; vd2169@columbia.edu

Program Office: 515 Philosophy; 854-2500 or 854-3208

Interdepartmental Committee on French and Francophone Studies

Gil Anidjar (Religion)
Hisham Aidi (International and Public Affairs)
Taoufik Ben-Amor (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
Barry Bergdoll (Art History)
Susan Boynton (Music)
Jean Cohen (Political Science)
Matthew Connelly (History)
Peter Connor (French, Barnard)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French)
Mamadou Diouf (History)
Victoria de Grazia (History)
Madeleine Dobie (French)
Priscilla Ferguson (Sociology)
Karen Hansen (Music)

Irène Final-Honigan (European Institute)
Pierre Force (French)
Kaiama Glover (French, Barnard)
Martha Howell (History)
John Huber (Political Science)
Annette Insdorf (Film Studies)
Matthew Jones (History)
Mark Kesselman (Political Science)
Gregory Mann (History)
Samuel Moyn (History)
Glenda Rosenthal (European Institute)
Emmanuelle Saada (French, chair)
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (English and Comparative Literature)
Lisa Tiersten (History, Barnard)

The major in French and Francophone studies provides an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, and culture of France and parts of the world in which French is an important medium of culture. Students explore the history and contemporary applications of concepts such as citizenship, national unity, secularism, and human rights, and explore central issues including universalism/relativism, tradition/modernity, and religion/state as they have developed in France and its colonies/former colonies since the 18th century.

Students take a series of required courses that includes French grammar and composition/stylistics, essential to achieving proficiency in French language, Introduction to French and Francophone Studies I and II, and the Senior Seminar. Having completed these courses, they take courses in related departments/programs, e.g. history, anthropology, political science, women's studies, human rights, art history, to fulfill the interdisciplinary portion of the major. To ensure methodological focus, three of these courses should be taken within a single field (e.g. history, music, anthropology, or political science), or in relation to a single issue or world region, e.g. West Africa.

Students who are interested in a more traditional French literature/language program should consider the major in French, in the French and Romance Philology section of this bulletin.

Study Abroad

Because a direct experience of contemporary French society is an essential part of the program, majors and concentrators are strongly encouraged to spend either a semester or a year at Reid Hall-Columbia University in Paris, or at another French/francophone university. During their time abroad, students take courses credited toward the major, and in some cases, also toward other majors (e.g. history, art history, political science).

Qualified students may apply to the Columbia/Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) five-year BA/MA program. Students interested in this opportunity should speak to their undergraduate advisers and major adviser and contact the Office of Global Programs (OGP).

For more information on study abroad, consult the OGP website at http://www.ogp.columbia.edu, call 212-854-2559, or send an e-mail to studyabroad@columbia.edu. For a list of approved study abroad programs, visit: http://ogp.columbia.edu/programs/all.html

REID HALL, Paris

Located at 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, Reid Hall is administered by Columbia University. It offers semester and year-long programs of study, as well as summer courses.

Most students who study at Reid Hall take courses offered in the French university system (e.g. at the Sorbonne, Sciences-Po), as well as core courses offered at Reid Hall. Students begin their stay at Reid Hall with a month-long French immersion program. In their first semester, most students also take a course in academic writing in French that enables them to succeed at a high level in French university courses. Special Reid Hall opportunities include small joint seminars in which ten students from Reid Hall participate with ten French students in seminars devoted to topical issues.

For information on study abroad at Reid Hall, please see: http://opg.columbia.edu.

Departmental Honors

Majors who wish to be considered for departmental honors should consult with the director of undergraduate studies. To be eligible for consideration, the student must have a grade point average of at least 3.7 in courses for the major and have completed an approved senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member at Columbia or Reid Hall. Normally no more than 10% of the graduating majors in the department each year receive departmental honors.

Undergraduate Prizes

The Department of French and Romance Philology awards the following prizes to students enrolled in French and French and Francophone studies courses:

  1. Prize for Excellence in French Studies: awarded to a highly promising student in an intermediate or advanced French course

  2. Senior French Prize: awarded to an outstanding graduating major

Undergraduate Requirements

For a Major in French and Francophone Studies

The program of study should be planned before the end of the sophomore year with the director of undergraduate studies.

A minimum of 33 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN W1202) distributed as follows:

  1. FREN W3405 Advanced grammar and composition
  2. FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone studies, I
  3. FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone studies, II
  4. FREN W3995 Senior Seminar
  5. One course on francophone/postcolonial French literature

The remaining courses (18 points) are to be chosen from upper-level offerings in French and other disciplines. Nine (9) of these points must be taken in a discipline other than French literature. To ensure focus, these interdisciplinary electives must fall within a single discipline of subject area. Courses must be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies. One of the advanced electives may be a senior essay written under the direction of a faculty member affiliated with the French and Francophone studies committee or teaching at Reid Hall. Majors who choose to write a senior essay at Columbia should register for the senior tutorial course in their adviser's home department.

FREN BC3006 is not applicable to either the French and Francophone studies major or concentration. Other French Barnard College courses may be taken with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. The following Columbia French courses are not applicable to the French and Francophone studies major or concentration: FREN W1101, FREN W1102, FREN W1105, FREN W1201, FREN W1202, FREN W1206, FREN W1221, FREN W1222, FREN W3131, FREN W3132, FREN W3240.

For a Concentration in French and Francophone Studies

A minimum of 27 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN W1202) distributed as follows:

  1. FREN W3405 Advanced grammar and composition
  2. FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone studies, I
  3. FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone studies, II
  4. One course on francophone/postcolonial French literature

The remaining courses (15 points) are to be chosen from upper-level offerings in French and other disciplines. Nine (9) of these points must be taken in a discipline other than French literature. To ensure focus, these interdisciplinary elective courses must fall within a single discipline or subject area. Courses must be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

FREN BC3047x or y Topics in French and Francophone Culture 3 pts.

FREN W3405x or y Advanced Grammar and Composition 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 15. The goal of W3405 is to help students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, especially as a preparation for taking literature or civilization courses, or spending a semester in a francophone country. Through the study of two full-length works of literature and a number of short texts representative of different genres, periods, and styles, they will become more aware of stylistic nuances, and will be introduced to the vocabulary and methods of literary analysis. Working on the advanced grammar points covered in this course will further strengthen their mastery of French syntax. They will also be practicing writing through a variety of exercises, including pastiches and creative pieces, as well as typically French forms of academic writing such as "résumé," "explication de texte," and "dissertation".

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: FREN W3405
FREN
3405
27288
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
413 HAMILTON HALL
V. Aurora 14 / 15 [ More Info ]
FREN
3405
61613
002
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
652 SCHERMERHORN HALL
M. Trumbo-Tual 10 / 15 [ More Info ]
FREN
3405
24861
003
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
201A PHILOSOPHY HALL
P. Crepon 8 / 15 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: FREN W3405
FREN
3405
72095
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
S. Skippon 7 / 15 [ More Info ]
FREN
3405
10997
002
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
P. Crepon 15 / 15 [ More Info ]
FREN
3405
16769
003
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
A. Borer 15 / 15 [ More Info ]
FREN
3405
74884
004
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 9 / 15 [ More Info ]

FREN W3420x Introduction to French and Francophone Studies, I 3 pts. Prerequisites: FREN 3405 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) or an AP score of 5 or the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies' permission. Examines conceptions of culture and civilization in France from the Enlightenment to the Exposition Coloniale of 1931, with an emphasis on the historical development and ideological foundations of French colonialism. Authors and texts include: the Encyclopédie; the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen; the Code noir; Diderot; Chateaubriand; Tocqueville; Claire de Duras; Renan; Gobineau; Gauguin; Drumont.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: FREN W3420
FREN
3420
28251
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
E. Saada 14 / 20 [ More Info ]

FREN W3421y Introduction to French and Francohone Studies, II 3 pts. Prerequisites: FREN 3405 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) or an AP score of 5 or the Director of Undergraduate Studies' permission. Universalism vs. exceptionalism, tradition vs. modernity, integration and exclusion, racial, gender, regional, and national identities are considered in this introduction to the contemporary French-speaking world in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Authors include: Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: FREN W3421
FREN
3421
09044
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
L. Wolfe 18 [ More Info ]