The Major

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Students can enter the Program either from the beginning classes of our language program or, if they already have enough French, move right into upper-level courses.  The major requires the completion of 30 credits at the 3000 level. (Major)

Our program gives our majors a choice of specialization: French Cultural and Literary Studies or French Studies for the Global Community.

Track I, French Studies for the Global Community, is built on the premise that, in the era of globalization, the role of the economy permeates all aspects of contemporary cultural and political life. It is posited on the notion that as culture becomes more global, it reaches across diverse cultures and languages. This is one of the reasons why translation and the theory of translation are particularly crucial components of this tract, as necessary complement to the studies of business, media, and world culture generally.

Track II, French Cultural and Literary Studies, focuses on literature in new ways, in keeping with recent reflection on the way literature actually functions in society. Controversial issues that have shaped the debates in French culture include sexuality, gender, race, the value of popular culture, the role of film, and video, electronic writing, and the paradoxes of globalization, among others. The pleasure of reading and writing about literature is an essential feature of this track, but the understanding of literature is enhanced when viewing it within a larger sociopolitical and cultural context.

In both tracks, we pay close attention to the large international context issuing from France’s colonial past, exploring the interaction between France and her “Others,” the various regions that bear the imprint of French language and culture, such as Canada, the Caribbean, West, Central and North Africa, the Near East, the Near East, the Indian Ocean and Asia.

For more information on the University of Connecticut’s Program in French and Francophone Studies, please contact:

Professors Roger Celestin and Eliane DalMolin,
French and Francophone Studies
University of Connecticut
337 Mansfield Road, U-1057
Storrs, CT 06269

Roger Célestin.

Professor Eliane DalMolin.