BACHELOR Literature - Modern Literature programme and Classics programme

The Literature Degree is a majoring subject of the multidisciplinary Arts, Literature and Languages field (French and foreign literature, initiation into ancient and modern languages, initiation into language sciences).

It proposes two programmes: the modern literature programme that focuses greatly on literature, French language and comparative literature, and the classics programme that is based on the foundations of our culture and offers students direct contact with founding texts and ancient Greek-Latin civilization.
  • Aims
The Literature Degree aims, first and foremost, to provide students with a general, multidisciplinary culture, as it includes classes in French literature, comparative literature, ancient languages (Latin or Greek through modern literature, Latin and Greek through the classics), modern languages and linguistics. In addition to professors from the university’s French, Comparative Literature and Greek and Latin Studies departments, professors from Modern Language departments and from Language Science departments intervene in this course.

Secondly, it aims to provide students with flawless mastery of the French language through written canonical exercises (dissertation and explanation of texts) and through the opportunity to take the floor regularly. Being fluent in one or two ancient languages is a valuable tool that, in addition to offering an opening on ancient culture and literature, reinforces students’ grammatical skills, an essential prerequisite for any written piece of work.

In addition to providing students with language and literature skills, this course also develops students’ ability to synthesize, to analyse and to criticize, enabling them to apply the skills acquired for these literary texts to many other fields.

At the end of the six semesters study, students may pursue their studies by integrating a research or professional master degree:
- Master in Literature, Arts and Humanities, with specialization in Literature (that includes two courses: the classics and modern literature, and two programmes: research and teaching and training professions)
- Master in Literature, Arts and Humanities, with specialization in Culture and Performing Arts Mediation (professional)
- Master in Renaissance Studies, with specialization in the Genesis of Modern Europe (research)
- Master in Renaissance studies, with specialization in Written Heritage and Digital Publishing (professional)
- Master in Languages, Education, Francophone Cultures, with specialization in Sociolinguistics and Didactics (professional)
  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught
The Literature Degree focuses on classes that are common to all Literature and Languages departments (UFR Lettres et langues), referred to as the “common base” (tronc commun), and then branches off into various disciplinary modules (UE - Unités d'Enseignement):
- the “Communication Tools” (foreign language, French written and oral expression, digital skills) and “Working Methods” (argumentative forms, method for commenting, oral practice, documentation methods) modules (UE);
– the “disciplinary Foundations” modules (UE), which provide students with the basis of literary disciplinary culture, by introducing them to reading and commenting literary works, in French and in a foreign language, to practicing one or two ancient languages and to developing knowledge in language structure;
– the modules (UE) developing other forms of culture (history of rhetoric, literature for young people, introduction to the Bible and to ancient mythologies, cinema, etc.).
And last but not least, as part of the new contract for disciplinary degrees, additional reinforcement programmes are now implemented: Two in particular are closely linked to literature curriculums:
– the first (foreign and comparative literature) proposes to develop foreign literature more widely; it includes intensive foreign language classes and comparative literature reinforcement classes, comprising the study of part of the corpus of the programme in the original language. This training develops students’ skills and knowledge on Europe, cultural diversity and the history of ideas.
– the second focuses on performing arts, and has close links with the Literature degree, which is one of the specific characteristics of the Université F. Rabelais.

Four other reinforcement programmes (international relations and politics, German, French as a foreign language and Italian) are also offered to students specializing in literature.