The French Department of Bryn Mawr is in a unique position among this country’s top French programs to offer its especially qualified undergraduates the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in French in four years. Unlike French programs in large research universities, which concentrate their energies on their doctoral candidates and usually do not offer the joint A.B./M.A. degree option to undergraduates, Bryn Mawr has chosen to focus its efforts on undergraduate training and the preparation of Master’s students. And unlike small liberal arts colleges, most of which have no graduate training, Bryn Mawr has hired its French faculty with a view to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to directing theses related to faculty members’ research programs.
Each year, one to four junior and senior French majors follow the same curriculum that would be prepared for regular Master’s students. The A.B./M.A. students, who must have at least a 3.7 average in French and a minimum 3.4 G.P.A., have been admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after being invited to apply by the French Department and reviewed by the Undergraduate College.