Students earning a major in French or Italian with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.50 in the major and an overall minimum g.p.a. of 3.33 have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major.

To graduate with honors in French, students must register for FREN:4995 - Honors Research and Thesis in French and one honors-designated course numbered above 4000. They must complete an honors thesis or the equivalent (e.g., translation, comparative stylistics, cultural studies, or research) in French and must present their work to a faculty committee.

To graduate with honors in Italian, students must register for ITAL:4998 - Honors Research and Thesis in Italian and one honors-designated course numbered above ITAL:3002 (though ITAL:2550, if taken for 4 s.h., can also be designated as an Honors course in Italian). They must complete an honors thesis or the equivalent (e.g., translation, comparative stylistics, cultural studies, or research) in Italian and must present their work to a faculty committee.

Interested students should contact their Honors advisor by the beginning of the first semester of their senior year at the latest. For more information, contact either:

  • Rosemarie Scullion, French
  • Cinzia Blum, Italian

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students may pursue honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. University honors students must maintain a 3.33 g.p.a., complete 12 s.h. of coursework designated as honors courses, and complete 12 s.h. of an experiential learning project. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

NOTE: Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the French and Italian majors.