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Department of French and Italian

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements FRIT-HON
The Department seeks to nurture the talents of excellent students through the pursuit of independent study and research and the preparation of an honors thesis at the senior level. Our departmental honors program allows students to research in-depth a topic they choose and feel passionate about, and their work will show potential employers that graduates are self-motivated, resourceful, and skilled in deep analysis and high-level writing. Foreign travel is encouraged, and credit may be earned for intensive study in a foreign country.

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. Students interested in the honors program should contact the appropriate Director of Undergraduate Studies (French or Italian). In addition to the required enrollment in FRIT-F 499 or FRIT-M 499, in French, FRIT-F 399 may be taken to do preparatory work for the honors thesis during the student's junior year.


Students must have a GPA of 3.500 or higher in their French or Italian courses in order to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Enrollment in FRIT-F 499 or FRIT-M 499 during the senior year is required (one or two semesters). Graduation with Departmental Honors requires a GPA of 3.500 or higher in a student's French or Italian coursework, and a College GPA of 3.300 or higher, at the time of graduation. Additional information and instructions on how to participate in the Departmental Honors program can be obtained from the academic advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for French or Italian.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
  • Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
  • Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.