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French and Italian Studies

Department Overview

French and Italian studies provide cultural literacy in dialogue with global contexts; and professionally relevant linguistic, research, interpretive, and expressive skills and tools. The aim is to understand our multilingual, multicultural world in historical perspective and to prepare students to convincingly convey this understanding to others in Italian or French as well as in English, thus preparing them to become leaders in an increasingly diverse society – to include the ability to articulate and implement career transferability of the skills and knowledge acquired in the course of study.

Undergraduate Program

C254 Padelford

Adviser
C252 Padelford
(206) 616-5366

The Division of French and Italian Studies offers the following programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in French or Italian
  • Minors in French Language, Sociolinguistics, and Translation; French Language, Literature, and Culture; and Italian Language and Culture

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Community college students should take as many lower-division language courses as possible before transferring to the UW.

Department Admission Requirements

Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.

Major Requirements

French (55 credits)

  1. Core: 30 credits from FRENCH 301, FRENCH 302, FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, FRENCH 306; one course at the FRENCH 370 level
  2. Advanced: 10 credits at the 400 level. Transfer credits at the 400 level accepted only by petition.
  3. Electives: 15 credits above FRENCH 203 from an approved list. See adviser for approved list
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the major
  5. Maximum 15 credits of approved study-abroad coursework may be petitioned to apply to the major

Italian (55 credits)

  1. Core: 30 credits from ITAL 203, ITAL 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 304, and two courses at the ITAL 350-level
  2. Electives: 25 credits above ITAL 203 from an approved list of electives. See adviser for approved list.
    1. Must include 5 credits at the ITAL 400-level. Transfer credits at the 400 level accepted only by petition
  3. Minimum 15 credits in courses taught in Italian
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the major
  5. Maximum 15 credits of approved study-abroad coursework may be petitioned to apply to the major

Minor

Minor Requirements

French Language, Sociolinguistics, and Translation (30 credits)

  1. 20 credits from FRENCH 203, FRENCH 301, FRENCH 302, FRENCH 304
  2. 10 credits from FRENCH 303, FRENCH 313, FRENCH 314, FRENCH 315, FRENCH 320, FRENCH 406, FRENCH 472
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  4. Maximum 10 credits of approved study-abroad coursework maybe petitioned to apply to the minor.
  5. Students may not earn both the minor in French Language, Sociolinguistics, and Translation, and the minor in French Language, Literature, and Culture.

French Language, Literature, and Culture (30 credits)

  1. FRENCH 203, FRENCH 301, FRENCH 302, FRENCH 304
  2. One of FRENCH 305 or FRENCH 306
  3. One course at the FRENCH 370 level
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  5. Maximum 10 credits of approved study-abroad coursework may be petitioned apply to the minor
  6. Students may not earn both the minor in French Language, Literature, and Culture and the minor in French Language, Sociolinguistics, and Translation.

Italian Language and Culture (30 credits)

  1. ITAL 201, ITAL 202, ITAL 203; or ITAL 234 (15 credits)
  2. ITAL 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 304 (15 credits)
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  4. Maximum 10 credits of approved study-abroad coursework may be petitioned to apply to the minor.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Students achieve levels of linguistic and cultural competency that allow them to pursue professional opportunities in a wide variety of internationally oriented fields and to be effective citizens in a rapidly changing world.

    Students with substantial foreign language fluency who combine language skills with a solid foundation in liberal education and adequate job preparation and internships find fulfilling occupations. . The combination of studies in foreign languages and international affairs is ideal for students seeking job opportunities in government (foreign service and diplomatic fields, intelligence agencies, immigration and customs, Department of Labor, law enforcement, armed forces, legal agencies, public aid, social and community work, and international agencies, such as the United Nations and UNICEF), business (airlines, marketing, banking/finance, multi-national corporations, shipping industry, travel and hotel industries, import/export firms, publishing houses, and consulting), and communication fields (journalism, radio and television, fashion enterprises, teaching/counseling, translation, bilingual office work, library/museum work, nursing, phone companies, art and cultural affairs, and film and theatrical industries).

    Beyond the practical, the department's commitment is to impart to our students the skills and the genuine desire to learn throughout their lives, fostering the type of cultural and intellectual flexibility that lends itself to the multiple work and personal changes that most will face over the course of their lives.

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: UW Rome Center in Rome, Italy.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: The Rome Center offers one intern position per year, providing room and board and a modest stipend. Interns work in the administrative Rome/UW office and are required to follow an independent course of language and literature study or other proposed course of study.
  • Department Scholarships: Scholarships for departmental study abroad programs are available. Program applicants are notified of opportunities by their program director.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: French Club, Italian Club.

Of Special Note: The department sponsors study-abroad programs in France, Italy, and Martinique. See adviser for details.


Graduate Program

Graduate Adviser
C256 Padelford, Box 354361
(206) 616-5366

Graduate Program Coordinator
C259 Padelford

The department offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in French or Italian and Doctor of Philosophy in French. Students who wish to complete doctoral studies in Italian may apply through the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media during their second year in the master’s program.

Master of Arts in French Studies

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate major in French or related field. Proficiency in speaking and writing French.

  1. Application for Graduate Admission, with supporting documents
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Writing sample
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Digital file of applicant speaking in French
  6. GRE scores
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students who wish to be appointed as teaching assistants (TAs) must meet conditions specified in Graduate School Memorandum 15.

Degree Requirements

50 credits
  1. Coursework (40 credits) taken at the 400 and 500 levels
    1. Minimum 18 credits at the 500 level or above
    2. Minimum 18 graded credits in approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in 500-level courses. Excludes FRENCH 499 and transfer credits.
    3. Coursework to include:
      1. Methodology of French language teaching course – FRENCH 510 and FRENCH 590 (5 credits total), or equivalent
      2. Designated methods course (FRENCH 550, FRENCH 551, or FRENCH 577), or other approved course
      3. Minimum two courses with content drawn largely from pre-1800 sources
  2. Master’s project (10 credits): FRENCH 600. Emphasizes independent research and creative projects.

Master of Arts in Italian Studies

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate major in Italian or a related field. Proficiency in speaking and writing Italian.

  1. Application for Graduate Admission, with supporting documents
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Writing sample
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Digital file of applicant speaking in Italian
  6. GRE scores
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students who wish to be appointed as teaching assistants (TAs) must meet conditions specified in Graduate School Graduate School Memorandum 15.

Degree Requirements

50 credits

  1. Coursework (40 credits) taken at the 400 and 500 levels
    1. At least 18 credits must be at the 500 level or above.
    2. Minimum 18 graded credits in approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in 500-level courses, excluding ITAL 499 and transfer credits
    3. Coursework to include:
      1. Methodology of Italian language teaching course – ITAL 510 and ITAL 590 (5 credits total)
      2. Designated methods course (ITAL 550 or ITAL 551) or other approved course
      3. Minimum two courses with content drawn largely from pre-1800 sources
  2. Master’s Project (10 credits) ITAL 600. Emphasizes independent research and creative projects.

Doctor of Philosophy in French Studies

Admission Requirements

Students are rarely admitted directly into the PhD program; only those with an MA degree in French or a related field are considered. Incoming PhD students must have a well-defined project, a demonstrable and broad knowledge of French and Francophone literature, culture, and history, as well as extensive preparation in research methods. Some MA applicants who apply for the PhD program may instead be considered for admission to the MA in French Studies.

Degree Requirements

67 credits (beyond the MA)

  1. Coursework (40 credits) to include:
    1. Minimum 18 credits at the 500 level before the general examination
    2. Minimum 18 graded credits at the 400 and 500 levels (excluding FRENCH 499) before the general examination

    3. 10 credits at the 600 level, taken concurrently with the general examination
  2. General examination
  3. Dissertation prospectus
  4. Dissertation (27 credits)
  5. Final examination

Financial Aid

The department awards a number of teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants normally participate in teaching three classes during the academic year. Research assistantships are available on a limited and competitive basis.