Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Honors in French

The Honors Program in French offers talented majors the opportunity to take an active role in their own learning and to pursue their interests in-depth. Honors courses and independent study help students develop key skills of life-long learning, especially those involving critical thinking, writing, and research that will be useful in graduate study or future careers.

Qualified and interested students should enroll in honors versions of French courses (when available) and complete the normal requirements for a French major. To complete an honors degree in French, a student normally selects a thesis advisor and a topic by the end of his/her junior year. A student may enroll in F399 during the junior year in order to do this preliminary research, or the exploration can be done informally. A student may have an additional faculty advisor outside the French program, depending on the nature of the project. Students are required to enroll in F499, "Reading for Honors," and to prepare an honors thesis during their senior year.

Foreign travel is strongly encouraged for honors students, and credit may be earned for intensive study or research projects done abroad. Interested students should also contact the Office of Overseas Studies and the Hutton Honors College. The Honors College offers International Experience Grants to encourage study and service abroad. Students with strong research proposals are encouraged to enter the competition for research grants offered through the Honors College as well.

Because of our department's belief that honors students have distinct needs that must be met through ongoing dialogue and mentoring from faculty, they may participate in designing some aspects of their curriculum. Those interested in earning honors in their French majors should contact Prof. Barbara Vance.

Students interested in departmental Honors must meet the following criteria:

  • They must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.3.
  • They must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 in their French courses.
  • They must enroll in F499 "Reading in French for Honors" for at least one semester in order to finish writing an Honors Thesis under the direction of a faculty member. F499 may be taken for a maximum of 12 credits in French.

Other courses, while not required, do give students the opportunity to research their thesis topics:

  • F399 - Reading for Honors (12 credits maximum) P: Consent of a faculty member.
  • F495 - Individual Readings in French Literature (1-3 credits) P: Consent of individual faculty member. May count for the honors major at the discretion of the Honors Advisor. May be repeated. Does not count as 400-level course in residence for major or minor.
  • F496 - Foreign Study in French (3-8 credits) P: consent of chairperson. Course involves planning a research project during the school year preceding summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study. May be taken once only. Does not count as F400-level course in residence for major or minor.

Contact an Advisor

Prof. Margaret Gray

Professor Margaret Gray

Director of Undergraduate Studies in French | (812) 855-7884 | Ballantine Hall 629
Contact Prof. Gray for advice on French courses and information about transfer credits.

Mary Nuznov

Mary Nuznov

College of Arts and Sciences Advisor | (812) 855-6270 | Memorial Hall M25
Schedule an appointment online through Log in, choose Schedule an Appointment, and select "mnuznov" from the drop-down list of advisors.