Academics

All students are expected to enroll in a minimum of four courses each semester. You must take at least one course each semester in the French university system (Sciences Po students must take all of their courses through Sciences Po). Three in-house courses are offered by Tufts in Paris during the fall semester, and a fourth in-house course on French and the European Union is offered in the spring. Full-year students majoring in French are required to take either the in-house French language or French literature course each semester unless exempted by French faculty. Semester students must take at least two in-house courses, including French language, but students who have completed 100-level French courses at Tufts are strongly encouraged to take no more than two in-house courses and enroll in at least two regular French university courses. The art history course meets once a week, mainly in museums, whereas all other Tufts courses meet twice a week. Regular French university courses meet once or twice a week, depending on the course and institution.

The Tufts-in-Paris in-house courses:

Advanced French Language (FR 121 in fall; FR 122 in spring)
Written and oral expression, with an emphasis on contemporary usage and culture, current events, and French academic writing skills and methodology. (This course may be taken in addition to FR 121-122 in Medford.) Offered fall and spring semesters. One course credit each semester.

French Society in French Literature: The Art of Love, Middle Ages to 18th Century (fall: French P 31/191)
French Society in French Literature: Paris in Literature, 19th to 21st Century (spring: French P 32/192)
Study of important French authors and texts analyzed in their socio-historical context. Texts and themes vary from year to year, but have included works by Melle de Scudéry, Molière, Racine, , Voltaire, Louise Labé, Musset, Baudelaire, Balzac, Zola, Camus, Marguerite Duras, and Jacques Réda. Students who have already completed FR 31 or 32 (or both) in Medford must do extra work in order to receive 100-level credit towards the French major. In that case, the course will appear as FR P 191 (fall) and FR P 192 (spring) on the Tufts transcript. One course credit each semester.

France and the European Union from 1945 to Present (spring only: PS or HIST 340)
An overview of key historical and political events from WWII and leading up to the creation and ongoing expansion of the EU. Specific topics may vary but generally include domestic politics since World War II, France’s role in the creation of Europe, its current role within the EU and relations with other EU countries, French perspectives on globalization, major historical events and social movements in France, and current events in France and Europe.

History of French Art : Middle Ages to 20th Century (fall or spring: FAH 340)
Chronological survey of French art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present, with an emphasis on works and monuments in Paris. Classes and lectures take place mainly in the museums of Paris, Louvre, Orsay, Picasso, Marmottan, Montmartre Museums and are complemented by field trips outside of Paris each semester to places such as Vincennes, Giverny, and St Denis Basilica. Fall semester covers the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century; spring semester focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists and movements. One course credit each semester.

You can take no more than three in-house courses each semester and must select remaining courses from among the offerings at Tufts’ partner institutions in Paris: Universities of Paris I and Paris III, and the Institut Catholique. Students who have completed 100-level French courses at Tufts are strongly encouraged to take no more than two in-house courses and enroll in at least two regular French university courses. Prerequisites may apply in certain courses; all advising and final course selection occurs in Paris and must be approved by the resident director. Course offerings for the current year may be viewed on the websites below.

University Courses

For current course listings, please check our partners' websites:

Paris I
Paris III
Paris VII
Sciences Po Paris (full-year only) 
ENSBA (spring-semester only)

The following are examples of the types of courses available at our French university partners listed above.

Note: The list is not exhaustive and course themes vary from year to year.

French and Comparative Literature
  • Evil and the Devil in 19th-Century Literature
  • Works of Marguerite Duras
  • Human and Divine Love in 16th- and 17th-Century Literature
  • Representations of the Nouveau Riche in 17th- and 18th-Century Literature
  • Gothic Poetry and Short Stories in 19th-Century French Literature
  • Memoir and Autobiography in 18th-Century Literature
  • Contemporary Francophone Detective Novels
  • Revolutions in Literature
  • Literature of Prostitution
  • Literature of Reason and Emotion
  • Writing War
  • Writing the City
  • Elusive Women in Fiction
  • Libertinage and Seduction in 17th- and 18th-Century French Literature
  • The People’s Voice in 19th-Century French Literature
  • Introduction to Postcolonial Theories: Narrative of Exile and Wandering
  • Francophone Women’s Writing
  • Women’s Autobiographies
  • 20th-Century French Literature: Imaginary Territories
  • Poetics of Revolutions
  • 18th-Century Literature: Freedom and Colonisation
  • Comic Illusions in Baroque Europe
Fine Arts and Cinema Studies
  • Art of the Middle Ages
  • Art of the Renaissance
  • 17th-Century Dutch and Flemish Painting
  • History of Modern Art
  • Fathers of Modern Art: Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, etc.
  • Cultural Heritage and Museum History, 16th-20th Century
  • After Duchamp
  • German Art during the Weimar Period
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Modern Cinema
  • From Silent Films to Talkies
  • Analyzing Films
  • International Surrealism
  • The Birth of French Cinema
  • History and Aesthetic of Burlesque Cinema
  • Contemporary Art: Objects
  • Studio and Technical Skills (ENSBA)
History/Political Science
  • France, Germany, and War 1870-1945
  • History of Italy: Birth of a Nation
  • History of Political Thought in Europe
  • Empire and Revolutions in the French Colonial Sphere
  • Contemporary History of Hispanic Cultures
  • Comparative History of North America
  • Justice and Crime in 19th-Century France
  • 20th-Century French Social History
  • Napoleon III and the Second Empire
  • 19th-Century Cultural History
  • Cultural and Political History of Contemporary Societies
  • History of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social History of the 20th Century
  • History of the French Revolution
  • The European Construction
  • Symbolic Political Manifestations in Contemporary Societies
  • Urban History: Paris and its Suburbs
  • History of Media from 1880 to Today
  • Economics
  • Theory of Organizations and Markets
International Relations
  • Europe and the Balkans
  • History of 20th-Century Globalization
  • History of Contemporary Arab Societies
  • Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
  • Contemporary History of International Relations
Linguistics
  • Old French
  • Sociolinguistics: French-speaking Africa
  • From Medieval to Classical French
  • Morphosyntax
  • History of the French Language
Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Psychology and Education
  • History of Education in France
  • Anthropology of Jewish Societies
  • Christianity and Buddhism
  • Buddhism and Art
  • Cognitive Science and Philosophy of the Mind
  • Contemporary Sociology
  • Anthropology of Health

 

Internships

Full-year students may apply in the fall for a non-credit internship, beginning in early February and consisting of two full days per week (for 8 weeks). If you are interested, you must attend an informational meeting in October and submit your résumé in French to the internship coordinator by November 1. Previous Tufts-in-Paris students have undertaken internships primarily in French or international non-profit organizations, but also in art galleries. You may need advanced French skills for certain types of internships. Interviews are conducted in French, and the organization offering the internship makes the final decision. All interns complete 110-120 hours of service and must submit a final internship report and do an exit interview in French in order to receive transcript notation.