1.  A total of eight courses in French or Francophone literature and culture—six of which must be courses that are conducted in French—and a grade of “pass” on the Comprehensive Exam.

All Amherst College French Department courses numbered 205 or above, with the exception of 410H, may count for this requirement.

Please note: A senior thesis does not count as one of the eight courses required for the major.

2.  At least four of the eight courses must be taken in the Amherst College French Department. 

Please note: no combination of courses from items #6 and 7 below supersedes checklist item #2. French 410H does not count toward fulfilling this requirement.

3.  At least one of the eight courses must be taken in the Amherst College French Department during the senior year. 

Please note:Only courses numbered 311 and above may count for this requirement.  410H does not fulfill this requirement.

Please note: A senior thesis does not count as the course that must be taken in the Amherst College French Department during the senior year.

4.  At least one of the eight courses must concern primarily either the Middle Ages or the Renaissance.

French 311 and courses numbered 320-329 count for this requirement.  This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking an appropriate course while on a study abroad program.  The French Department will determine if a given course taken abroad fulfills the requirement. 

5.  At least one of the eight courses must concern primarily either the 17th or 18th centuries.

French 311 and courses numbered 330-339 count for this requirement.  The requirement may also be fulfilled by taking an appropriate course while on a study abroad program. The French Department will determine if a given course taken abroad fulfills the requirement.

6.  Students may count two “related” courses toward the total of eight courses mentioned above in checklist item #1.  (But see checklist item #2.)

“Related” courses must be approved for the major by the Department.  They must be courses that concern primarily French or Francophone subjects, as determined by the Amherst College French Department.  They may be taught in other Amherst College Departments or elsewhere in the Five Colleges.  They may include, for example, courses in History, the History of Art, Political Science, Philosophy, Black Studies, etc. providing that they are devoted primarily to French or Francophone subjects.  These courses do not necessarily need to be conducted in French.

7.  Students may count up to four courses taken on an approved Study Abroad program toward the total of eight courses mentioned above in checklist item #1.  (But see —checklist item #2.)

Courses taken abroad must be approved for the major by the Department.  Generally speaking, courses taken abroad that concern primarily French or Francophone literature or culture, broadly construed, may count toward the major.  However, it is not enough for the courses to have been conducted in French for them to be counted toward the major.

**PLEASE NOTE: No course that a student is counting toward the completion of another major may count toward the eight courses required for the French major.