Scholarships and Awards


The Department of Modern Languages offers an Honors program in all its majors: French and Italian. To be eligible, students must have a) completed at least six courses towards the major, not counting intermediate proficiency in the language; b) achieved a University cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 cumulative average in major courses through the junior year. A student wishing to do honors work should seek out a departmental advisor willing to direct the honors paper. After receiving approval from this advisor, the student must apply in writing to the chair of the department for admission to the honors program, preferably before the beginning of the senior year.

An honors candidate enrolls in his/her major's "Honors Research Project" course (498) in the first semester of the senior year. If this course is completed successfully, the student enrolls in "Senior Honors Thesis" (499) in order to complete his/her research and write the thesis. All theses will have two or three readers: The advisor and one or two other faculty members chosen by the student with departmental approval. All readers must approve the thesis, which will then be submitted to the department in a timely fashion to meet the College's deadline. The student will present his/her final thesis to the department.

Recent theses include Delia Bucur’s study, “Camus et Wiesel: Témoins contre le Mal dans le monde,” and Marina Rouséva’s “Un vertigineux kaléidoscope: L’Amour dans le cinéma français de la réalité au rêve.”