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French and Italian Languages and Literatures

Chair: Graziella Parati

Professors F. Beasley, K. Conley, M. J. Green, L. A. Higgins, K. J. Jewell, L. D. Kritzman, D. P. LaGuardia, G. Parati, J. A. Rassias, R. M. Verona, K. L. Walker; Associate Professors N. L. Canepa, I. Chitoran, V. Kogan, A. W. Tarnowski, J. K. Wine; Assistant Professors L. Marcellesi, C. K. Quaintance; Research Assistant Professor T. Convertini; Senior Lecturers A. C. Cone, D.-M. Decharme, F. Fabricant, A. Minardi, B. D. Mosenthal, J. Viazmenski; Lecturers J. Essex, A. Kilbane, K. Murphy, C. Prat; Mellon Fellow Tristan Kay.

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: French 8.

Major programs consist of ten (minimum) or more courses above the level of French 8. Each major must include 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 card must be approved by the French Major Advisor.

2. Major in Italian. Prerequisite for the major: Italian 3.

All students wishing to major in Italian must have completed Italian 3 (on campus, through the L.S.A. program in Rome, or by placement) no later than the spring of their sophomore year. An Italian major consists of eight courses numbered Italian 8 or above. 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. The Honors major consists of nine courses, of which one must be Italian 89 (the thesis). Two of the three courses offered on the L.S.A.+ may be counted toward the major and the Honors major. During their senior year, as their culminating activity, Italian majors must take either Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered Italian 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 card 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 three principal Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish). 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 French 10 and one course from French 22, 23, 24, 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 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. During their senior year, as their culminating activity, Romance Language majors (whose primary language is Italian) must take either Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered Italian 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 card 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: French 8.

The French Studies Major consists of ten courses, with a minimum of six selected from French 10 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 French 20 through 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 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. The major card must be approved by the French Major Advisor.

5. Major in Italian Studies. Prerequisite for the major: Italian 3.

The Italian Studies Major consists of ten courses, with a minimum of six selected from Italian 8 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 may count toward the major. During their senior year, as their culminating experience, Italian Studies Majors must take either Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research or an upper-level Italian course (numbered Italian 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 minor in French consists of six courses. The minor must include: either French 6 or 8; French 10; one of the following: French 21, 22, 23, 24, 25; and three 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 course 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. Students who are exempted from French 8 may replace it with another advanced course. A maximum of one transfer course may count toward the minor.

2. Minor in Italian.

The minor in Italian consists of six courses above the level of Italian 5. The minor must include Italian 10. With the approval of the Italian Minor Advisor, Italian 10 may be counted for credit toward the minor twice, provided the course topics are different. Two of the courses offered on the Dartmouth L.S.A.+ in Italy may count toward the minor. A maximum of one transfer course may count toward the minor.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Transfer credit is not available for French or Italian 1, 2, or 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 (French or Italian 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 (Italian 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. Winter, Spring—Lyon, France

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

Italian L.S.A. Fall —Rome, Italy

Italian L.S.A.+ Winter, Spring—Rome, Italy

Prerequisite: For French L.S.A., French 2 with the grade of B– or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for French L.S.A.+, French 3 with the grade of B– or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for Italian L.S.A., Italian 2 or Art History 12 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program; for Italian L.S.A.+, Italian 3 with the grade of B or better, or equivalent preparation, and acceptance into the program. The preparatory course, when applicable, must be taken within six months of departure.

Students live with families 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 French 3, 5, and 6, or Italian 3, 5, and 6. French or Italian 3 completes the language requirement.

Upon successful completion of the L.S.A.+ program, credit will be awarded for French 8, 10, and 12, or Italian 8, 10 and 12.

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. 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:

a) Students must complete French 8 (or have been exempted from French 8 during Orientation week) with a grade of B or better.

b) Students must complete French 10 (or have received credit for French 10 during Orientation week) with a grade of B or better. French 10 should be taken as immediately prior to the term in Paris as scheduling allows.

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

Students who have received exemption from French 8 AND credit for French 10 during Orientation Week must take at least one French course at Dartmouth from among courses French 10 through French 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.