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French

The modern language curriculum is designed to give students an opportunity to become conversant in one or more languages from linguistic, literary and cultural perspectives. We encourage serious students to examine the social, philosophical and aesthetic themes in literature and to acquire fluency and sensitivity to structure and style in the languages offered which include French, German, and Spanish.

Careers in such fields as government, law, business, medicine, social service, journalism, or education are enhanced by the knowledge of foreign languages. Many graduate programs require proficiency in a foreign language.

Majors are offered in French, German, and Spanish, and also in modern languages and literatures (the study of three languages). Students should spend their junior year in an approved program of studies abroad, or participate in an approved program of summer studies. Minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. In cooperation with other academic departments, the department also participates in programs providing a major in German Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies. The programs are designed to encourage the student to combine her interests in a language with other disciplines. The student considering such a program, or planning to study abroad, should consult the department chair as soon as possible to assure proper preparation.   

A student who chooses one of these majors is expected to achieve a reading, writing, and speaking knowledge of the language (or languages) in which she concentrates. The foreign language is used exclusively in all advanced courses and as much as possible in the others. Not more than one approved course given in English may be credited toward the major. The department recommends participation in a Junior Year Abroad program or a residence of six weeks or more in a summer school where the exclusive use of the foreign language is required. Courses taken in programs abroad must be evaluated and approved by the appropriate departmental faculty before credit is granted toward the major. A student who has begun the study of a language in college will still find it possible to fulfill the major requirement in the language by arranging her courses in consultation with her major professor.

The Department of Modern Languages does not approve credit for online courses taken at any level.  No course being counted toward the V.3 general education knowledge area may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

 

The French Major
The French Minor
Teacher Licensure French
Course Descriptions

 

The French Major
(33 semester hours)

Required:
FREN 225    (3)    Survey of French Literature
FREN 232    (3)    Thematic Survey of Culture and Civilization: Middle Ages-World War I

Senior Exercise:
FREN 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 three-credit course in advanced French culture from the following:
FREN 323    (3)    Beyond Paris: The Regions of France and the French-Speaking World
FREN 325    (3)    Literary Art Criticism
FREN 327    (3)    France Today: Media Texts and Social Contexts
FREN 329    (3)    Semiotics of French Culture
FREN 331    (3)    Representations of the French Revolution
FREN 333    (3)    Existentialism and Postmodernism

Choose 2 three-credit courses in French literature at or above the 300-level.

Choose 5 additional three-credit courses in French numbered 204 or above.

Note: A French major is expected to take at least one course in French each term during her junior and senior years.

 


The French Minor
(18 semester hours)

Required:
FREN 225    (3)    Survey of French Literature

Choose 1 three-credit course in French literature at or above the 300-level.

Choose 4 additional three-credit courses in French numbered 204 or above.

 

 

Teacher Licensure French
(33 semester hours in addition to required professional courses in education)

Required:
FREN 221    (3)    Literatures of the French-Speaking World
FREN 225    (3)    Survey of French Literature
FREN 232    (3)    Thematic Survey of Culture and Civilization: Middle Ages-World War I
FREN 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 of the following courses:
FREN 216    (3)    France in the 2000s: Society, Government, and Technology
FREN 217    (3)    Francophone Cinema
FREN 233    (3)    Contemporary French Culture

Choose 1 three-credit course in advanced French culture from the following:
FREN 323    (3)    Beyond Paris: The Regions of France and the French-Speaking World
FREN 325    (3)    Literary Art Criticism
FREN 327    (3)    France Today: Media Texts and Social Contexts
FREN 329    (3)    Semiotics of French Culture
FREN 331    (3)    Representations of the French Revolution
FREN 333    (3)    Existentialism and Postmodernism

Choose 2 three-credit  courses in French literature at or above the 300-level.

Choose 3 additional three-credit courses in French numbered 204 or above.

Recommended: The student is encouraged to spend a full year’s or a term’s study in an environment where French is the principal language spoken. Degree credit is granted for participation in an approved program abroad.


Course Descriptions

FREN 101

| Elementary French I

FREN 102

| Elementary French II

FREN 201

| Intermediate French I

FREN 202

| Intermediate French II

FREN 204

| French-English Translation

FREN 209

| French Conversation and Composition

FREN 216

| France in the 2000s: Society, Government, and Technology

FREN 217

| Francophone Cinema

FREN 219

| French for Professionals

FREN 221

| Literatures of the French-Speaking World

FREN 225

| Survey of French Literature

FREN 232

| Thematic Survey of Culture and Civilization: Middle Ages- World War I

FREN 233

| Contemporary French Culture

FREN 250

| Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation

FREN 261

| Directed Study

FREN 321

| Advanced Grammar

FREN 323

| Beyond Paris: The Regions of France and the French-Speaking World

FREN 325

| Literary Art Criticism

FREN 327

| France Today: Media Texts and Social Contexts

FREN 329

| Semiotics of French Culture

FREN 331

| Representations of the French Revolution

FREN 333

| Existentialism and Postmodernism

FREN 361

| Special Study

FREN 377

| Internship

FREN 385

| Aspects of 20th-Century Literature

FREN 452

| Senior Seminar: Topical Studies in French Literature

FREN 461

| Independent Study