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Overview

The Department of French and Italian offers majors and minors in French and Italian, with an online sequence for French. The department hosts study abroad and scholarship opportunities for students of both languages.

  • French Lower division sequence: FR 601, FR 611C, FR 317C.
  • French Lower division online sequence: FR 406, FR 407, FR 412K.
  • Italian Lower division sequence: ITL 601, ITL 611C.
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French
Italian
Study Abroad
Department Scholarships
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France-University of Texas Institute


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French

French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with around 300 million speakers in countries like Algeria, Belgium, Canada, France, Gabon, Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal, Switzerland, Tahiti, and Tunisia.

In 2017, a report by the New American Economy found that speaking a language other than English is one of the most desirable qualities on the job market, leading to additional opportunities and higher pay.

Also, French is the primary or secondary language for many international organizations, such as Doctors without Borders, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Olympic Committee, and the Red Cross.

Learn more about how studying French can benefit you!

French Government: 10 Good Reasons to Study French

UVA’s Articles on the Benefits of Studying French


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Italian

Italian is an official language of Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City. It has approximately 67 million native speakers and 13 million additional fluent second-language speakers. Italian is an official language of the European Union, as well as being the working language of the Holy See. Italian is an important language of culture: Renaissance Italy had a huge influence on the Western World, and the language continues to be influential, especially in the fields of music, fashion, and film. 

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Study Abroad

The department hosts study abroad opportunities in Lyon, France and Rome, Italy

Rome Study Program

 

Lyon Summer Program

Not interested in studying in France? Through UT’s partner programs, you can study French in Morocco (UT, CIEE, & IES), Cameroon (SIT), Madagascar (SIT), Senegal (SIT), Switzerland (SIT), Tunisia (SIT), Belgium (IFE), and Canada (Fulbright Killam Exchange).

List of study abroad programs in France

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Department Scholarships

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Undergraduate Course Offerings

The current university course catalog can be found here.
The current university course catalog can be found here.
Syllabi for university courses can be found here
These courses are typically offered in the fall semester:

French Courses (FR) 
Italian Courses (ITL)

French Courses (FR)

  • FR 601C Beginning French
    An intensive beginning course with an emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • FR 406 Introductory French I
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice level of proficiency. Designed for students with no prior coursework in French.
  • FR 407 Introductory French II
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Designed novice level proficiency and prior French coursework.
  • FR 611C Intermediate French
    An intensive intermediate course with emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • FR 412K Intermediate French I
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the Intermediate level of proficiency. Designed for students with Novice level proficiency and a prior beginning French course.
  • FR 317C Enhancing French Skills
    Listening, speaking, reading, and writing course designed to provide additional preparation for upper-division French courses.
  • FR 320E Advanced French I
    Designed to develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed for the analysis of literary and cultural readings in the French-speaking world.
  • FR 322E Advanced French II
    Continuation of French 320E. Designed to develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed to analyze literary and cultural readings in the French-speaking world. 
  • FR 324L Practical Phonetics
    A thorough review of French phonetics, with emphasis on improving production and understanding of spoken French.
  • FR 325C Crisis and Conflict
    Focus on reading and interpreting texts dealing with historical and social conflicts as manifested in moments of crisis in French or francophone history.
  • FR 325D Self and Society
    Focus on reading and interpreting texts involving confrontations between the narrative I and representations of various social groups.
  • FR 342C French For Business
    Development of the ability to function in French in business-related situations, both orally and in writing.
  • FR 364L Introduction To French Linguistics
    Introduction to the syntactic, phonological, morphological, lexical, historical, and applied aspects of French linguistics.
  • FR 371L Advanced Written and Oral Composition
    Designed to guide students toward smooth and effective written and oral expression; weekly compositions on assigned subjects; periodic oral presentations.
  • FR 390M The Sources Of Surrealism
    Intensive study of particular writers or literary movements.
  • FR 392K French In Contact
    Examination of specific issues in theoretical, applied, descriptive, or historical linguistics.
  • FR 392K Romance Syntax
    Examination of specific issues in theoretical, applied, descriptive, or historical linguistics.

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Italian Courses (ITL)

  • ITL 601C Beginning Italian
    An intensive beginning course with an emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • ITL 611C Intermediate Italian
    An intensive intermediate course with an emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • ITL 320 Advanced Italian
    Examination of specific issues in theoretical, applied, descriptive, or historical linguistics.
  • ITL 328 Composition/Conversation
    Focuses on idioms, grammar, syntax, and style.
  • ITC 330 Mafia Movies
    Students will cultivate film literacy and be able to critically and creatively analyze a set of texts and understand them in their socio-historical context. Analysis of Italian culture.
  • ITL 330L Introduction to Italian Linguistics
    Examine fundamental aspects of the Italian language including its structure as well as geographical, socio-cultural and communicative variation.
  • ITL 348 Italian Drama Workshop
    Intensive analysis of one or several plays or short literary texts, with emphasis on diction, delivery of lines, and acting and staging. See video below.
  • ITL 382 Gender/Genre in International Cinema
    Examines Italian films from the late 1960s to the present, focusing on conventions and hybridizations of genres such as comedy, melodrama, action, horror, and musical. These genres are explored through the lens of gender and sexuality studies, and Italian cinema culture is explored in the transnational context of globalized film industries.
  • ITL 390L Question Italian Romanticism
    Intensive study of Italian Romanticism and it’s complexities. Explores national identity, neo-classicism and the construction of the myth of Italy by foreign writers.

ITL 348 Italian Drama Workshop 

 

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France-University of Texas Institute

The France-University of Texas Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is one of fourteen interdisciplinary centers (centres pluridisciplinaires) located in prestigious universities in the United States. 

UT-Austin was chosen for its strong and on-going relationships with several French universities and research centers, including Paris III, Paris X, Lyon-III, Institut des Sciences Politiques, Université Paul Valéry, Université Jules Verne, MICEFA, CNRS, EPHESS, ESCP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, INRA, and INA. Many professors and researchers from French universities and the University of Texas collaborate on various projects, and many students in Architecture, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering take advantage of the ties UT has with France.

The France-University of Texas Institute is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, the Consulate General of France in Houston, and the University of Texas.

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Course Offerings for Summer 2021

  • FR W406 - Introductory French I
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice level of proficiency. Designed for students with no prior coursework in French.
  • FR W407 - Introductory French II
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Designed novice level proficiency and prior French coursework. Prerequisite: French 406 with a grade of at least C.
  • FR 611C - Intermediate French
    611C. Intermediate French. An intensive intermediate course with emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Does not meet the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: French 310K, 611C, 612, 312K. French 310L and 611C may not both be counted. French 611C and 612 may not both be counted. French 611C and 312L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: French 601C, 604, 507, or 508K with a grade of at least C.
  • FR 611C - Intermediate French
    611C. Intermediate French. An intensive intermediate course with emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Does not meet the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: French 310K, 611C, 612, 312K. French 310L and 611C may not both be counted. French 611C and 612 may not both be counted. French 611C and 312L may not both
  • FR 320E - Advanced French I
    The objective of this course is to improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a series of communicative tasks (compositions, listening comprehension activities, dictations, oral practice, etc.). Emphasis is placed on diversifying vocabulary, mastering a wider range of grammatical structures, increasing fluency, and developing appropriate rhetorical strategies for essay writing in French. And finally, participants can expect to learn about social issues in the French-speaking world (e.g. role of media in society, immigration, globalization, education, etc.)
  • FR 322E - Advanced French II
    Ce cours de langue avancée a pour but principal d’améliorer vos compétences linguistiques en français (i.e., la compréhension auditive, l’expression orale, la lecture, et l’expression écrite) ainsi que votre connaissance de la grammaire et du lexique. Dans ce cours, vous aurez l’occasion de discuter des controverses sociales dans le monde francophone et aux Etats-Unis (e.g, la mondialistion, l’immigration, le système éducatif, etc.). A l’aide des textes contemporains, vous allez apprendre à mieux communiquer vos pensées en français en comparant les cultures francophones avec la nôtre.
  • FR 317C - Enhancing French Skills
    An advanced intermediate course which serves to continue the development of your communication abilities in French by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.  In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the French language and culture through the daily use of authentic documents, such as songs, movie clips, comic strips, journalistic and literary readings, internet videos, and websites.  Meets the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.  Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: French 611C with a grade of at least C.
  • FR 317C - Enhancing French Skills
    An advanced intermediate course which serves to continue the development of your communication abilities in French by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.  In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the French language and culture through the daily use of authentic documents, such as songs, movie clips, comic strips, journalistic and literary readings, internet videos, and websites.  Meets the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.  Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: French 611C with a grade of at least C.
  • ITL 601C - Beginning Italian
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice level of proficiency. Designed for students with no prior coursework in Italian.
  • ITL 611C - Intermediate Italian
    In ITL 611C, we will cover five chapters (Ch. 6-10) of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform MindTap.
  • ITL 320 - Advanced Italian
    The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing, speaking and reading in Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension (both reading and   listening). We will review grammatical structures expanding on the more complex ones. Furthermore, we aim at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture through the use of educational videos and live interaction with Italian students. 

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Why Study Italian?

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