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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


French and Italian Languages and Literatures

Chair: Andrea Tarnowski

Professors F. Beasley, L. A. Higgins, L. D. Kritzman, D. P. LaGuardia, G. Parati,  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. St. Clair; Research Assistant Professor T. Convertini; Senior Lecturers A. C. Cone, D.-M. Decharme, K. F. McConnell, B. D. Mosenthal; Lecturers D. Benvegnù, G. Alberti, K. Brown, 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 (two of the L.S.A.+ and/or F.S.P. courses count towards the 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 French 8. Each major must include a French 10 (prerequisite for all upper-level courses), (1) either French 20 or French 21; (2) either French 22 or French 23; and (3) either French 24 or French 25 (to be completed by the end of the junior year). During their senior year, as their culminating experience, majors must take either French 78: Senior Major Workshop or, with special permission, an upper-level French course (numbered French 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. 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 plan 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). 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 plan 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's and above, 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 French L.S.A.+ and/or F.S.P. courses 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 plan 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 card 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.

    The prerequisite for the French minor is French 8 (or French 6 with permission of the minor advisor).  The minor consists of six courses, which must include: French 10; at least one of the following: French 20, French 21, French 22, French 23, French 24, French 25; and four other advanced courses above the level of French 10.  Among the courses taken on campus, at least one course must treat literature from before the nineteenth century, and at least one must treat literature from the nineteenth century to the present.  Two of the courses offered on the Dartmouth L.S.A.+ and/or F.S.P. in France may count toward the minor.  French 10 may be counted toward the minor only once.  A maximum of one transfer course may count toward the minor.  The French minor plan must be approved by the French Minor Advisor.

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

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

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

To be admitted to the Honors Program, a student must satisfy the minimum College requirement and give clear evidence of exceptional ability and interest in the major field. The Honors Seminar (FREN 89 or ITAL 89) is counted as one of the minimum required courses in the French, Romance Languages, French Studies or Italian Studies major programs. In the Italian major program, the Honors Seminar (ITAL 89) constitutes one course above the minimum course requirement. Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with a faculty advisor. The honors thesis must be written in French or Italian. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

Language Study Abroad

French L.S.A./L.S.A.+ - Winter—Lyon, France

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

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

Italian L.S.A.+ - 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., Italian 2 with a grade of B, or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for Italian L.S.A.+, ITAL 3 with a 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 live with families or in student apartments (only for the F.I.R.E. program) and 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, credit will be awarded for FREN 3, FREN 5, and FREN 6. FREN 3 completes the language requirement.

Upon successful completion of the L.S.A.+ program, credit will be awarded for FREN 8, FREN 10's, and FREN 12, or ITAL 8, ITAL 10 and ITAL 12.

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

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, 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.