Departmental Honors in French or Italian

Requirements -

A student wishing to pursue honors in French or Italian must:

  • File an application with the French and Italian Department TWO semesters before the thesis is to be filed (see deadlines in the application).
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0, both in the major and cumulatively.
  • Meet all of the regular requirements for the major PLUS the following:
    • FRENCH 3200 Introduction to Literary Theory (3 semester hours). NOTE: French 3200 is taught in English and presupposes no knowledge of French or Italian.
    • FREN/ITAL 4980 Honors Thesis Guidance (3 semester hours). This course involves one semester of independent study with a faculty advisor during the semester in which the thesis is to be filed. See dept. office for registration details.
  • Write a thesis (see written guidelines).
  • Provide a copy of the completed thesis (together with an abstract) to the Honors Office by the announced deadline for the semester in question.
  • Defend the thesis orally before a committee of three regular members of the faculty. One of the members must be from another department, and one must sit on the Honors Council.

FireworksGuidelines for the Preparation of an Honors Thesis in French or Italian

The thesis generally will (but need not) be an extension and development of course work initiated in a senior seminar (courses numbered 4100 or above) or an independent study course in the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to graduate. Students who successfully complete an Honors Thesis will be deemed to have met the Senior Essay requirement.However, like the Senior Essay, the Honors Thesis must be written in French or Italian.The Honors thesis will be defended in a separate, one-hour examination before the student’s Honors Committee.   This examination may be conducted in the foreign language or English or a combination of the two.

  • Before the project is undertaken, consent must be received from the faculty member in whose field of specialization the proposed topic falls. Normally this is the instructor in the senior seminar or independent study course in French or Italian in which research on the topic is began. It is expected that the student will work closely with the faculty member in the definition and execution of the research project. This faculty member will exercise major responsibility for the final evaluation of the completed thesis.
  • Once approval from the faculty director is received, the student must file an application with the Honors Program in M400-C Norlin Library. (This application process is separate from the initial application with the French and Italian Department). The application deadline is generally the sixth week of the first semester of the senior year.
  • It is expected that the core of the paper will consist of research based on primary sources.
  • The thesis should demonstrate familiarity with the most important secondary sources relevant to the topic, and an ability to place the discussion in the overall context of French or Italian culture and criticism.
  • The thesis must include the normal scholarly apparatus, e.g. footnotes and bibliography listing primary and secondary sources used, and follow the format and usage suggested in the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
  • The length of the thesis will be determined primarily by the nature of the topic selected; that is, it must be long enough to identify and explain the significant scholarly issues pertinent to the works or topics selected for study. Normally papers may be expected to fall in the range of approximately 40-45 pages (typed, double-spaced), but so long as they justify that length, longer essays are acceptable.

Honors application and deadlines

Senior Seminars

French -

Unless you decide to prepare a Senior Honors Thesis, each student will, during the senior year, choose one course at the 4100-level or above, which will become the context in which the Senior Essay will be developed, researched, written and defended. This course will be designated as the “senior seminar”. It must be taken ON CAMPUS. (Work done on a study abroad program cannot replace this seminar. The senior seminar must be taken after return to CU when study abroad is completed. The Senior Essay may not be done as Independent Study.)

Preferably during the fall semester of the senior year, you shall register for a course at the 4100-level or above, choosing from among that semester’s offerings, which you will re-register for as FREN 4990 (senior seminar). This must be done no later than the end of the “drop-add” period. With the guidance of the instructor of that seminar, you will write your senior essay as the major paper for that course, submitting it instead of one of the course’s required papers.

Senior Essay and Oral Presentation

The senior essay is a 15- to 20-page original research paper to be written in French by each graduating French major. This paper will be done under the direction of a faculty member (the instructor of your senior seminar) who will work closely with you during the semester, and read the essay at least once in draft form before you submit your final version. When completed, your essay will also be read and evaluated by at least one other faculty member, to be selected by the department, in consultation with you, if you desire.

This essay will be done as part of the normal writing load of the senior seminar. (i.e., If the seminar requires four 5-page papers, you will write a 15-page senior essay and one 5-page paper.)

It must be submitted not later than three weeks before the end of classes in the semester the senior seminar is taken, so it can be read by both members of your committee, who will, if necessary, make recommendations for improvements. When the paper is acceptable to the committee members, you will make a 20-minute oral presentation IN FRENCH to the students in your senior seminar, on the topic of your essay, and answer questions, if any, from the audience. The members of your committee will attend this presentation, which must be made during a normal class period and scheduled with the class instructor. Your committee will then meet to decide whether your senior essay and oral presentation are acceptable. You will be informed of their decision in a timely manner, and in any case before the beginning of the examination period in the semester the work is done.

It is recommended that you do this work during the first semester of the senior year. Thus, should any problem be encountered with your senior essay, you will have a second opportunity to complete your degree by taking another senior seminar in the second semester.

Italian -

Unless you decide to prepare a Senior Honors Thesis, each student will, during the senior year, choose one approved course at the 4000-level or above, which will become the context in which the Senior Essay will be developed, researched, written and defended. This course will be designated as the “senior seminar”. It must be taken ON CAMPUS. (Work done on a study abroad program cannot replace this seminar. The senior seminar must be taken after return to CU when study abroad is completed. The Senior Essay may not be done as Independent Study.)Preferably during the fall semester of the senior year, you shall register for a course at the 4000-level or above, choosing from among that semester’s offerings, which you will re-register for as ITAL 4990 (senior seminar). This must be done no later than the end of the “drop-add” period. With the guidance of the instructor of that seminar, you will write your senior essay as the major paper for that course, submitting it instead of one of the course’s required papers.

Senior Essay and Oral Presentation

The senior essay is a 15- to 20-page original research paper to be written in Italian by each graduating Italian major. This paper will be done under the direction of a faculty member (the instructor of your senior seminar) who will work closely with you during the semester, and read the essay at least once in draft form before you submit your final version. When completed, your essay will also be read and evaluated by at least one other faculty member, to be selected by the department, in consultation with you, if you desire.
This essay will be done as part of the normal writing load of the senior seminar. (i.e., If the seminar requires four 5-page papers, you will write a 15-page senior essay and one 5-page paper.)

It must be submitted not later than three weeks before the end of classes in the semester the senior seminar is taken, so it can be read by both members of your committee, who will, if necessary, make recommendations for improvements. When the paper is acceptable to the committee members, you will make a 20-minute oral presentation IN ITALIAN to the students in your senior seminar, on the topic of your essay, and answer questions, if any, from the audience. The members of your committee will attend this presentation, which must be made during a normal class period and scheduled with the class instructor. Your committee will then meet to decide whether your senior essay and oral presentation are acceptable. You will be informed of their decision in a timely manner, and in any case before the beginning of the examination period in the semester the work is done.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c6/Photography_of_Venice_at_dusk.jpg/220px-Photography_of_Venice_at_dusk.jpg  It is recommended that you do this work during the first      semester of the senior year. Thus, should any problem be encountered with your senior essay, you will have a second opportunity to complete your degree by taking another senior seminar the next semester.

       

 

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