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Janet R. Horne

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of French Language and Literatures
Office location and address
339 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Brown University
Diplôme d’études universitaires générales (D.E.U.G.) Université de Paris-VIII
Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), New York University

Janet Horne is a social and cultural historian of modern France with a research specialization in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. She has an overarching interest in the history and archeology of modern cultural institutions such as museums and all forms of associational life, both in national and imperial contexts. Her first book, A Social Laboratory for Modern France, focused on the social, political and cultural underpinnings of the French welfare state via a study of social reformers associated with the Musée social. She is currently interested in the history of French as a global language and is engaged in the writing of a cultural and social history of the Alliance Française.

Janet holds a courtesy joint appointment in UVA’s Corcoran Department of History (2002 to present) and is currently serving as the Director of European Studies (2016-2018). In this latter role, she is working with a dynamic team of scholars at UVA to develop a new interdisciplinary MA program in European Studies.

She is also a great believer in the value of living and studying abroad and consequently takes great pleasure in advising students who wish to expand their personal and intellectual horizons in this way. She is the founder and director of the UVA in Lyon exchange and study abroad programs (2000-present) and the UVA summer program in Lyon (2002-present).

COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
FREN 2010: Intermediate French I
Credits: 3
Develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Focuses on reading skill development through readings on contemporary Francophone culture and short stories. Followed by FREN 2020. Prerequisite: FREN 1020 or one to three years of formal instruction in French and appropriate SAT score.
FREN 2020: Intermediate French II
Credits: 3
Designed for continued development of the four skills at an advanced level. Readings emphasize contemporary Francophone culture and include a modern French play. Prerequisite: FREN 2010 or one to three years of formal instruction in French and appropriate SAT score.
FRTR 2552: French Culture (subtitle will be added to reflect chosen topic)
Credits: 3
Course will offer a transhistoric and interdisciplinary approach to French culture through the lens of a given theme (e.g., food, travel, politics, societies and institutions). Lectures, readings and exams in English.
FREN 3034: Advanced Oral Expression in French
Credits: 3
A focus on speaking, listening, and pronunciation. Activities include guided conversation practice, discussion leading, and other oral activities related to authentic materials in French. Work may include quizzes, presentations, reports, interviews, exams , and projects. Prerequisite: FREN 3031 or concurrent enrollment in FREN 3031. Not intended for students who are native speakers of French or whose secondary education was in French schools.
FREN 3051: History and Civilization of France: Revolution to 1945
Credits: 3
The social, political, economic, philosophical, and artistic developments in France from the Revolution until 1945. Prerequisite: FREN 3032.
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
FRTR 3559: New Course French Cultural Topics
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in French Culture in translation.
FREN 3585: Topics in Cultural Studies
Credits: 3
Interdisciplinary seminar in French and Francophone culture and society. Topics vary annually and may include literature and history, cinema and society, and cultural anthropology. Prerequisite: FREN 3032.
FREN 4585: Advanced Topics in Cultural Studies
Credits: 3
Advanced seminar in French and Francophone literature and culture. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit for different topics. Prerequisite: At least one literature or culture course beyond FREN 3032.
FREN 4838: French Society and Civilization
Credits: 3
Discusses political institutions and social problems based upon readings in recent publications and an analysis of current events. Prerequisite: FREN 3032 and another FREN course beyond 3034.
FREN 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Normally, only French majors may enroll in this course and only by written permission from the department chair prior to the end of the first week of classes.
FREN 4998: Pre-Thesis Tutorial
Credits: 3
Preliminary research for thesis. Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program.
FREN 4999: Thesis
Credits: 3
Composition and defense of thesis. Prerequisite: FREN 4998 and good standing in the Distinguished Majors Program. Note: The prerequisite to all 5000-level literature courses is two 4000-level literature courses with an average grade of B, or the instructor's permission.
FREN 5585: Topics in Civilization / Cultural Studies
Credits: 3
Interdisciplinary seminar in French and Francophone culture. Topics vary.
FREN 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study
FREN 8585: Seminar in Cultural Studies
Credits: 3
In-depth studies investigations of cultural topics and research methodologies in French civilization and Francophone studies.
EURS 8998: Thesis Research (M.A.)
Credits: 3
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director. Students work closely with a primary and a secondary Faculty Advisor, representing two distinct disciplinary approaches, to develop a detailed proposal for their M.A. thesis. Students will work closely with their Faculty Advisor(s) in person, or by e-mail and video-conferencing (e.g., Skype). The proposal must be submitted and approved by the beginning of the final semester.
EURS 9998: Non-Topical Research: Masters Degree
Credits: 1–12
This course is intended uniquely for European Studies Master's students who need this course to reach full-time registration status while completing other degree requirements.
FREN 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
  • Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, University of Virginia (2016, 2017)
  • Sesquicentennial Fellowship, University of Virginia (2012, 2006, 2000)
  • Summer Stipend, University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences (2012, 1996, 1993)
  • Dean's Research Grant, University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences (2012, 2010, 2009)
  • “Teachers as Writers” grantee, University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center (2009-2010)
  • Study Abroad Teaching Award, University of Virginia (2008)
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-2007), French History
  • Teaching With Technology Initiative Fellow, University of Virginia, Teaching Resource Center (1997-1998)
  • Shannon Center for Advanced Studies, Fellow, University of Virginia (1997)
  • Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow,  University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center (1994-1995)
  • Centre national de recherche scientifique, Travel Grant (1992)
  • Bourse Chateaubriand, French Government (1984-1985)