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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Faculty Interests

David Caron:

  • LGBT literature, cultures and film
  • HIV/AIDS in literature, culture and film
  • Jewish Studies
  • The Holocaust
  • The extreme-right in France
  • The Dreyfus Affair
  • French colonial Indochina
  • Francophone literature related to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
  • Asian minority communities in France, including Southeast Asian and Chinese
  • Cities, neighborhoods and other topics on urban life and history
  • The everyday
  • Medicine and literature
  • Testimonial literature
  • The modern and contemporary French novel
  • French film

Peggy McCracken:

  • Animals, animality and the human
  • Gender and sexuality in medieval French narratives
  • French feminist theory
  • Film adaptations of medieval narratives
  • Gender and translation
  • Medieval medicine

Jarrod Hayes:

  • French Sephardic studies
  • New Novel, New Wave, Theater of the Absurd
  • Coming of Age in the French Colonies
  • The gender of race in the French Americas
  • Detective fiction in French
  • Transgender identities in the Francophone world
  • Queer cinema in the Francophone world
  • The homoerotics of Orientalism
  • Marseille in literature and film
  • The French slave trade and its aftermath
  • Immigrant writing in Quebec
  • Montreal, French American city
  • Reading Proust

George Hoffmann:

  • Montaigne’s essays and the essay form in general
  • The Reformation
  • Early modern court entertainment
  • The Algerian war
  • French Polynesia
  • French Melanesia
  • Theories of objects
  • Secularism and laïcité
  • Early modern travel literature
  • French influence on Shakespeare
  • Early conceptions of exoticism
  • Rabelais and early modern humor
  • History of atheism

Michèle Hanoosh:

  • Nineteenth-century literature, art, and culture
  • Relations between the arts (literature, art, music, theater, opera): illustration, adaptation, art criticism, writer-artists and artist-writers, etc.
  • Representations of the city
  • Caricature, satire, parody
  • Censorship and trials of literature and art
  • History and theory of modernity
  • Representations of history
  • The bohème
  • Technology
  • Autobiography
  • Representations of revolution
  • Fashion, dandyism
  • The grotesque

 

French Honors Major Application (PDF)