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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


French and Italian Languages and Literatures

Chair: David LaGuardia

Professors F. E. Beasley, L. A. Higgins, L. D. Kritzman, D. P. LaGuardia, G. Parati,  F. Pedriali, K. L. Walker; Associate Professors N. L. Canepa, A. W. Tarnowski, J. K. Wine; Assistant Professors Y. Elhariry, L. C. Hollister, L. E. Hooper, S. M. Sanders, R. A. St. Clair; Research Assistant Professor T. Convertini; Senior Lecturers A. C. Cone, K. F. McConnell, B. D. Mosenthal; Lecturers G. Alberti, D. Benvegnù, K. A. Brown, S. S. Mefoude Obiono.

To view French courses, click here.

To view French and Italian in Translation courses, click here.

To view Italian courses, click here.

 

Majors

Five types of major are available to the student. All programs are designed individually by the student with the help of a faculty advisor of his or her choosing within the Department. 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 or Italy.  Some courses on the L.S.A., L.S.A.+ and F.S.P. count towards the minor and/or major; for more information, see section titled ‘Foreign Study.’) Whether students have an individual advisor or not, all major plans and subsequent changes must be approved by the French or Italian Major Advisor.

  1. Major in French. Prerequisite for the major: FREN 8.

    The French Major consists of ten (minimum) or more courses above the level of FREN 8, excluding FREN 15. 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 10 and FREN 12 taken on the L.S.A.+, and FREN 29 and FREN 30 taken on the F.S.P., may count toward the major.   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. 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.

  2. Major in Italian. Prerequisite for the major: ITAL 8 or ITAL 9.   

    All students wishing to major in Italian must have completed ITAL 8 through the L.S.A +. program in Rome or ITAL 9 on campus. An Italian major consists of eight courses numbered ITAL 10 or above, at least five of which must be numbered above ITAL 15. The Honors major consists of nine courses, of which one must be ITAL 89 (the thesis). Two of the three courses offered on the Italian L.S.A.+ (ITAL  10 and ITAL 12) may be counted toward the major and the Honors major. The major must include ITAL 10; at least two courses from the pre-1800 period (ITAL 21, ITAL 22, ITAL 23, ITAL 33, ITAL 34); and at least two courses from the post-1800 period (ITAL 15, ITAL 24, ITAL 25, ITAL 35). With the approval of the Italian Major Advisor, ITAL 10 may be counted for credit toward the major twice, provided the course topics are different. During their senior year, as their culminating activity, Italian majors must take either ITAL 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered ITAL 21 or above). Students taking an upper-level Italian course as their culminating activity 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. All culminating experiences must include a public presentation. The major must be approved by the Italian Major Advisor.                                                               
  3. Major in Romance Languages. Prerequisite for the major: The appropriate prerequisite course in each of the two languages studied.

    Includes two of the principal Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese). Majors will be required to take ten major-level courses, six of which shall be selected from the primary language, and four from the secondary language. If the primary language is French, the six courses must include FREN 10 and one course from FREN 22, FREN 23, FREN 24, FREN 25 (to be completed by the end of junior year). FREN 10 and FREN 12 taken on the L.S.A.+ and FREN 29 and FREN 30 taken on the F.S.P. may count toward the major. During their senior year, as their culminating activity, Romance Language majors (whose primary language is French) 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 French 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. If the primary language is Italian, the six courses must include ITAL 10, at least one course from the pre-1800 period, and at least one course from the post-1800 period. Two of the Italian L.S.A.+ courses (ITAL 10 and ITAL 12) may count toward the major. During their senior year, as their culminating activity, Romance Language majors (whose primary language is Italian) must take either ITAL 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered ITAL 21 or above). Students taking an upper-level Italian course as their culminating activity 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. Italian culminating experiences must include a public presentation. The major must be approved by the Major Advisor for the department of the primary language, and will be filed with that department.
  4. Major in French Studies. Prerequisite for the major: FREN 8.

    The French Studies Major consists of ten courses, with a minimum of six selected from FREN 10 and above, excluding FREN 15, and from one to four from appropriate major-level courses offered by other departments or programs. French Studies Majors must include one course from FREN 20 through FREN 25 (to be completed by the end of the junior year). Two of the L.S.A.+ courses, FREN 10 and FREN 12, and two F.S.P. courses, FREN 29 and FREN 30, may count toward the major. During their senior year, as their culminating experience, French Studies 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 French 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. The major must be approved by the French Major Advisor.

  5. Major in Italian Studies. Prerequisite for the major: ITAL 8 or ITAL 9.

    The Italian Studies Major consists of ten courses, with a minimum of six selected from ITAL 10 and above, and from one to four from appropriate major-level courses offered by other departments or programs. Two of the Italian L.S.A.+ courses (ITAL 10 and ITAL 12) may count toward the major. The Italian courses must include ITAL 10, at least one course from the pre-1800 period, and at least one course from the post-1800 period. During their senior year, as their culminating experience, Italian Studies Majors must take either ITAL 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered ITAL 21 or above). Students taking an upper-level Italian 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. All culminating experiences must include a public presentation. The major must be approved by the Italian Major Advisor.


    French or Italian as a Modifier. If a student wishes to modify a major in another department with French or Italian and wishes the modifying language to be entered on his or her permanent record, the major program must be approved by the Department of French and Italian, as well as by the primary department. The modifying component, which must have some coherence with the primary major, 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), and must consist of major-level courses.

Minors

  1. Minor in French. Prerequisite for the minor:  FREN 8.

    The minor consists of six courses. The minor must include: FREN 10; one of the following: FREN 21, FREN 22, FREN 23, FREN 24, FREN 25; and three other advanced courses above the level of FREN 10, excluding FREN 15. Among the courses taken on campus, at least one course must treat literature from before the nineteenth century, and at least one course must treat literature from the nineteenth century to the present. FREN 6 taken on the L.S.A. may count toward the minor.  Two of the courses offered on the L.S.A.+ (FREN 10 and FREN 12) and F.S.P. (FREN 29 and FREN 30) count toward the minor. FREN 10 may be counted toward the minor only once. Students who are exempted from FREN 8 may replace it with another advanced course. A maximum of one transfer course may count toward the minor.

  2. Minor in Italian. Prerequisite for the minor: ITAL 8 or ITAL 9.

    All students wishing to minor in Italian must have completed ITAL 8 through the L.S.A + program in Rome or ITAL 9 on campus. An Italian minor consists of six courses numbered ITAL 10 or above, at least three of which must be numbered above ITAL 15. ITAL 6 taken on the Italian L.S.A. may count toward the minor.  With the approval of the Italian Minor Advisor, ITAL 10 may be counted for credit toward the minor twice, provided the course topics are different. Two of the Italian L.S.A.+ courses (ITAL 10 and ITAL 12) may count toward the minor. The minor must include ITAL 10, at least one course from the pre-1800 period, and at least one course from the post-1800 period.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is not available for FREN 1, FREN 2, and FREN 3 or ITAL 1, ITAL 2, and ITAL 3. Prior approval for each course to be taken at another institution must be gained from the Chair of the Department of French and Italian. The maximum number of transfer credits is two.

Honors Program

Please refer to the ORC for general, College-wide requirements for admission to the Honors Program. In any of the five types of major offered by the Department of French and Italian, a student who wishes to write an honors thesis must give evidence of exceptional ability and interest in the major field by having a GPA of 3.5 or better. The thesis topic and the individual faculty advisor for the thesis must be determined during the student’s junior year, with a one-page thesis proposal due to both the advisor and the department chair, by June 1st.

Honors Thesis in French - Students in their senior year writing an honors thesis in French will take FREN 87 in the fall, FREN 78 (the Senior Major Seminar) in the winter, and FREN 89 in the spring. FREN 87 and FREN 89 are courses specifically and entirely devoted to thesis work. All three courses (FREN 87, FREN 78, and FREN 89) count toward the honors major. The honors thesis in French, French Studies, or Romance Studies with a principal concentration in French must be written in French.

Honors Thesis in Italian - Students in their senior year writing an honors thesis in Italian will take ITAL 88 in the fall and ITAL 89 in the winter, or, alternatively, ITAL 88 in the winter and ITAL 89 in the spring. Both ITAL 88 and ITAL 89 count toward the honors major. The honors thesis in Italian, Italian Studies or Romance Studies with a principal concentration in Italian must be written in Italian.

Upon student submission of a thesis, department faculty will determine whether the student will graduate without honors in the major, with an Honors designation, or with a designation of High Honors.

Language Study Abroad

French L.S.A. - Winter—Lyon, France

French L.S.A. - Spring—Toulouse, France

French L.S.A.+ - Winter—Lyon, France

French L.S.A.+ - Spring—Toulouse, France

Italian L.S.A. - Fall—Rome, Italy

Italian L.S.A. + - Fall, Winter—Rome, Italy

NEW!! Italian Full Immersion Rome Experience (F.I.R.E.) - Summer - Rome, Italy

Prerequisite: For French L.S.A., FREN 2 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for French L.S.A.+, FREN 3 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for Italian L.S.A., ITAL 2 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation; for Italian L.S.A.+, ITAL 3 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for Italian F.I.R.E., no course prerequisite except acceptance into the program. The preparatory course, when applicable, must be taken within six months of departure.

Students in the L.S.A. and L.S.A.+ live with families.  Students in F.I.R.E. live in student apartments.  Students in all three programs take courses in language, civilization, and literature taught by local instructors and the Dartmouth faculty member in residence.

Upon successful completion of the L.S.A. program in France, credit will be awarded for FREN 3, FREN 6, and FREN 8. FREN 3 completes the language requirement.  FREN 8 completes the prerequisite for the major or the minor.  FREN 6 applies to the minor.

Upon successful completion of the L.S.A.+ program in France, credit will be awarded for FREN 8, FREN 10, and FREN 12FREN 8 completes the prerequisite for the major or the minor.  FREN 10 and FREN 12 apply to the major or the minor.

Upon successful completion of the Italian L.S.A. program, credit will be awarded for ITAL 3, ITAL 6 and ITAL 8ITAL 3 completes the language rquirement.  ITAL 8 completes the prerequisite for the major or the minor.  ITAL 6 applies to the minor.

Upon successful completion of the Italian L.S.A.+ program, credit will be awarded for ITAL 8, ITAL 10 and ITAL 12ITAL 8 completes the prerequisites for the major or the minor.  ITAL 10 and ITAL 12 apply to the major and the minor.

Upon successful completion of the Italian F.I.R.E. program, credit will be awarded for ITAL 1, ITAL 2, and ITAL 4, which complete the language requirement.

Students will be accepted on the basis of their application forms and letters of reference; actual participation in the program is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing and conduct, and compliance with orientation procedures. L.S.A. or F.I.R.E. may not be taken during the student’s senior year.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office.

Foreign Study

French F.S.P. - Fall, Winter, Spring—Paris, France

French: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program and in any order:

  1. Students must complete FREN 8 (or have been exempted from FREN 8 during Orientation week) with a grade of B or better.
  2. Students must complete FREN 10 (or have received credit for FREN 10 during Orientation week) with a grade of B or better. FREN 10 should be taken as immediately prior to the term in Paris as scheduling allows.

FREN 8 and FREN 10 may be completed on the L.S.A.+.

Students who have received exemption from FREN 8 AND credit for FREN 10 during Orientation Week must take at least one French course at Dartmouth from among courses FREN 10 through FREN 25, excluding FREN 15, with a grade of B or better, prior to participation in the Foreign Study Program.

Prerequisite courses for the Foreign Study Program must not be taken NRO.

OR: Satisfactory completion of the L.S.A. program in France during the term immediately preceding the Foreign Study term.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office.

FRENCH CLUB
Students interested in French are invited to join the French Club, Le Cercle français. It is a cultural as well as social organization which meets weekly. Membership is open to all students whether or not enrolled in French courses. The program includes talks in French, informal conversation groups, films, and dramatic productions.

ITALIAN CLUB
Il Circolo Italiano is open to all students interested in Italian language and culture. Weekly gatherings with conversation, music, and refreshments. Special events include films, suppers, and out-of-town excursions.