French Honors Major

If you are qualified, you may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of your junior year (or at the beginning of your senior year following participation in a junior year study-abroad program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French.

Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only.

Prerequisites to entering RLL's honors major in French

  • Demonstrated superior ability in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a French Major GPA of 3.5 are required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French

Requirements in the program

  • Normal concentration requirements in French must be completed
  • Three additional credits in French and Francophone Studies at the level of 300 or above
  • Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages
  • Enroll in ROMLANG 498 or French 491 (if RomLang 498 is not offered) in the fall term of their senior year: this course counts as 3 credits toward the completion of the major at the 300-level or higher
  • Enroll in FRENCH 492 in the winter term of their senior year: this course counts as 3 credits toward the completion of the major at the 300-level or higher
  • A presentation and discussion of your thesis and of an agreed-upon set of related readings with members of the faculty (Thesis defense)

If you wish to participate, you should contact Linda Burger, linbur@umich.edu for the contact information of the current Honors advisor in French and fill out an application form. Upon successful completion, your faculty advisor will send a report to the Honors program with your thesis title and a recommendation of honors, high honors or highest honors in French.

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French Honors Major Application (PDF)