The department awards seven prizes annually for excellence in French.
The Prix d’Excellence is the highest academic honor in the French department, awarded to the student with the highest level of achievement in French literature or culture.
The Prix Bernard Garniez is awarded for excellence in the study of French literature or culture.
The Jindrich Zezula Prize is awarded to the best honors thesis in French.
The Prix Germaine Brée is awarded to the student who made the most significant contribution to French cultural life at NYU.
The Prix France-Amérique is awarded to the student who displays a particular commitment to furthering and elucidating Franco-American relations.
The Prix Paris is awarded to the student who, in addition to academic excellence, has made a significant contribution to the NYU-in-Paris program
The Prix Michele Lapautre is awarded to the most promising sophomore or junior majoring in French.
The department also houses a chapter of the Pi Delta Phi national honors society.
In addition to the basic requirements for the major, students also have the opportunity to participate in internships sponsored by the Department of French. Recent internships have been completed at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy office, the French Music office, the French Film Office and the French Government Tourist Office. Other opportunities exist overseas including internships through The French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny. Internships may carry two, four, or six points (8-10 hours a week for four points). Students must obtain permission of the director of undergraduate studies and write both a mid-term and a final report on their internship.
PAST HONORS AND AWARDS