Students concentrating in the department are expected to have acquired a sound knowledge of either French or Italian by the end of their sophomore year, usually by completing at least one 200-level course. As independent work, concentrators complete two junior papers and a senior thesis, all under close supervision by professors in the department (one advisor for each JP; two for the senior thesis). Independent work does not have to be written in the foreign language.
Students who elect to concentrate in French or Italian are often simultaneously enrolled in certificate programs, such as Contemporary European Politics and Society, European Cultural Studies, Study of Women and Gender, Latin American Studies, Theater and Dance, or Visual Arts. FIT concentrators may also apply for admission to the certificate program at Princeton ’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication.
Concentrators in French or Italian are strongly encouraged to spend a semester (or a year) in Italy or in a French-speaking country, usually in their junior year. A number of study abroad programs are recommended on the basis of positive experience by Princeton students over the years. Courses taken abroad in approved programs may fulfill departmental requirements up to a limit of two courses per semester. Course credit in French and Italian can also be obtained through approved summer study abroad.