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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 and Italian

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 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 303; two of ITAL 304, ITAL 305, and ITAL 306; one course 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 10 credits at the ITAL 400-level and an at least an additional 5 credits above ITAL 303. Transfer credits at the 400 level only accepted 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 (30 credits)

  1. FRENCH 301, FRENCH 302, FRENCH 303; one of FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, or FRENCH 306; one course at the FRENCH 370-level
  2. 5 credits above FRENCH 203 from an approved list of electives. See adviser for approved list.
  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.

Italian (30 credits)

  1. 15 credits from ITAL 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 303; or ITAL 334
  2. Two 5-credit courses at the ITAL 340- and ITAL 350-levels.
  3. 5 credits above ITAL 203 from an approved list of electives. See adviser for approved list.
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  5. Maximum one course taught in English may be applied to the minor
  6. 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 of French and Italian Studies offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in French or Italian and Doctor of Philosophy in French. Students who wish to complete their doctoral studies in Italian may apply to do so through the Department of Comparative Literature Film and Media during their second year in the master's program.

Master of Arts in French Studies

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate major in French or in a related field. Proficiency in speaking and writing in French.
  1. Application for Graduate Admission, along 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 as outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements. Such students who wish to be appointed as teaching assistants (TAs) must meet the conditions for appointment specified in Graduate School Memorandum 15, “Conditions of appointment for TAs who are not native speakers of English.”

Degree Requirements

50 credits as follows:
  1. 40 credits (normally eight courses) in 400- and 500-level course work as follows:
    1. At least 18 credits must be at the 500-level or above.
    2. At least 18 credits must be graded in department approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in 500-level courses, excluding FRENCH 499 and transfer credits.
    3. The coursework must include the following:
      1. A methodology of French language teaching course (FRENCH 510 and FRENCH 590): total 5 credits or equivalent.
      2. A designated "methods" course (FRENCH 550, FRENCH 551, or FRENCH 577) or another course with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator
      3. At least two courses whose content is largely drawn from pre-1800
  2. 10 credits in FRENCH 600 for a Master's project. The MA project emphasizes independent research and creative projects. Possibilities include the writing of a publishable research essay (20-25 pages); a teaching portfolio; or a digital project (eg. an online edition or database). The project is devised in consultation with a chosen director, from the department’s faculty. Upon completion, the project is defended before a faculty panel of two professors: the director and a second member.

Master of Arts in Italian Studies

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate major in French or in a related field. Proficiency in speaking and writing in French.
  1. Application for Graduate Admission, along 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 as outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements. Such students who wish to be appointed as teaching assistants (TAs) must meet the conditions for appointment specified in Graduate School Memorandum 15, “Conditions of appointment for TAs who are not native speakers of English.”

Degree Requirements

50 credits as follows:
  1. 40 credits (normally eight courses) in 400- and 500-level course work as follows:
    1. At least 18 credits must be at the 500-level or above.
    2. At least 18 credits must be graded in department approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in 500-level courses, excluding ITAL 499 and transfer credits.
    3. The coursework must include the following:
      1. A methodology of Italian language teaching course (ITAL 510 and ITAL 590): total 5 credits or equivalent.
      2. A designated "methods" course (ITAL 550 or ITAL 551) or another course with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator
      3. At least two courses whose content is largely drawn from pre-1800
  2. 10 credits in ITAL 600 for a Master's project. The MA project emphasizes independent research and creative projects. Possibilities include the writing of a publishable research essay (20-25 pages); a teaching portfolio; or a digital project (eg. an online edition or database). The project is devised in consultation with a chosen director, from the department’s faculty. Upon completion, the project is defended before a faculty panel of two professors: the director and a second member.

Doctor of Philosophy in French Studies

Admission Requirements

Students are only exceptionally admitted directly into the PhD program, and only those with an MA degree in French or a related field are considered. Incoming PhD students are expected to 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 applicants with an MA who apply for the PhD program might instead be considered for admission into the MA in French Studies.

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 67 credits, as follows:
    1. 30 credits at the 400 and 500 levels (in general, six courses), as follows:
      1. At least 18 credits at the 500 level before the General Exam.
      2. At least 18 graded credits at the 400 and 500 levels (excluding FRENCH 499) before the General Exam.
    2. 10 credits at the 600 level, to be taken during the concurrent quarter of the student's General Exams.
    3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the above courses.
  2. Passage of the General Exam
  3. Preparation and defense of a dissertation prospectus, to be completed and accepted by the student's Reading Committee by the end of the quarter following the General Exam.
  4. 27 credits (at the 800 level), taken over 3 quarters, devoted to the completion of a doctoral dissertation.
  5. Passage of the Final Examination, which is a defense of the dissertation.

Financial Aid

The department awards a number of teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants normally participate in teaching three classes during the academic year. A typical class is limited to approximately 25 students and meets five hours a week for the 10 weeks of the quarter. Research assistantships are available on a limited and competitive basis.