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Requirements for the Major and Minor

The major in French is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing. The French program further seeks to familiarize students with the most influential literary, philosophical, critical, and cinematographic works in French, properly understood within their cultural and historical context; to introduce them to the major social and political developments that have shaped the Francophone world, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean; and to provide them with an understanding of the structure of the French language, attitudes towards its use, and the variation it displays across time, geographical space, and social groups.

Students may also explore Creole and Cajun languages in linguistics classes and fieldwork. The junior year and semester abroad programs are integral to the majors in French and are also encouraged for non-majors.

 

Placement

 

Entering freshmen are placed at the appropriate level by assessment of their high school records and their performance on a placement test. Successful completion of French 2030, a passing score on the French proficiency test, a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination, or a score of 640 or better on the College Board examination fulfills the language requirement for graduation.

 

THE FRENCH MINOR

 

6 courses, 18 credit hours

 

FREN 3150 Advanced French through Media I (3)

FREN 3160 Advanced French through Media II (3)
FREN 3210 Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
FREN 4010 French Short Story (4)*

 

One of:
FREN 3140 French Phonetics (3)
FREN 3170 Francophone Visual Cultures (3)
FREN 3250 French Society and Institutions (3)

 

One elective (3 hours) One course at the 4000/6000 level OR a literature in translation or cinema course at the 3000 level

 

THE FRENCH MAJOR

 

10 or 11 courses, 31 or 34 credit hours

 

FREN 3150 Advanced French through Media I (3)FREN 3160 Advanced French through Media II (3)
FREN 3210 Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
FREN 4010 French Short Story (4)*

FREN 5950 Senior Seminar (3): (FALL ONLY)

 

Two of:

FREN 3060 Business French 

FREN 3140 Phonetics (3)
FREN 3170 Francophone Visual Cultures (3)
FREN 3250 French Society and Institutions (3)

 

Three electives at the 4000 or 6000 level for double majors (9 credit hours)*

  • * FREN 4010 (French Short Story) is a writing course.
  • * FREN 5950 (Senior Seminar) is a Capstone course requiring a final paper.
  • * Four electives at the 4000 or 6000 level (12 credit hours) are required for single majors

Two of the advanced electives must be a Literature course.

 

For one of the advanced electives, students may substitute a 3000-level course taught in English by the Department (e.g. FREN 3110 French Cinema) OR an advanced course in a related field (e.g. a course in French Art, French History, French Politics).

 

A senior thesis written for Honors in French can count as one of the electives.

 

5000-level courses taken abroad that have been approved as counting toward the FREN major are generally included among the Group III electives.

 

NB: FREN 4560/4570 (Internship Studies) does not count toward the major. The typical Internship involves 60 hours of work, carries 1 credit hour and is graded on an S/U basis.

 

In order to complete the major, the student must have taken at least five French courses taught on this campus.

 

The Senior Seminar is offered in the fall semester only. It is required of all French majors, even those who are double majors. In other words, the Capstone experience is a requirement of the major.