Guillaume Delloue, double major in French and Philosophy, won a summer undergraduate research fellowship that enabled him to undertake research on Baudelaire, the 19th century critic, poet, and translator. Guillaume worked under the mentorship of Prof. Barbara Cooper on his topic entitled "Reconsidering Charles Baudelaire: The Influence of Conservatism on His Poetry."
The Program offers two majors: French and French Studies.
The French major offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides knowledge of the language, literature, and culture of France and other French-speaking countries around the world. An undergraduate major in French is useful in a variety of careers, such as business, law, government or public service, and teaching. Students considering a career in teaching should consult with the Department of Education. In addition, they should include LING 405 (which also satisfies a Discovery social science category requirement and a general education group 7 requirement) in their overall program and make special note of the LLC 791 requirement (which does not count toward completion of a major in French). Students interested in other types of careers are urged to consult with members of the French faculty and with other appropriate departments early in their studies.
A major consists of 40 credits in courses numbered 631 or above, in which readings are in French. Coursework for the French major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Majors are required to take FREN 631-632, 651, 652, 790, and at least two 700-level literature courses at the Durham campus. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The year-long UNH Junior Year in the Dijon Program is highly recommended. Only in exceptional circumstances will a student be able to attend a non-UNH program. Such an option will need to be carefully considered with a major adviser. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature. To complement their major, students are strongly encouraged to take either HIST 647 or 648 and courses in the literature of other countries as well as in fields such as music, art, philosophy, history, political science, and sociology that provide insight into nonliterary aspects of culture.
This major gives students a variety of perspectives not only on French culture but also on Francophone cultures worldwide. A major in French studies prepares graduates to negotiate successfully the economic reality of an increasingly international job market, and provides them with a wide range of career prospects after they leave the University.
The major consists of 44 credits in French courses numbered 631 or above and of cross-listed courses in other departments, including the following requirements: FREN 631-632, 651, 652, 675 or 676 or 677, 790, and two 700-level courses in French or Francophone literature. In addition, at least three elective courses (12 credits) closely related to French and Francophone cultural studies are required. These are to be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser from among the following departments: history, geography, or anthropology, one 600- to 700-level course; art history or music, one 600- to 700-level course; economics, political science, or education, one 600- to 700-level course. Coursework for the French Studies major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The year-long UNH Junior Year in Dijon Program is highly recommended. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in close consultation with a major adviser. Students are required to enroll in at least one French course each semester. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.