As the nations of the world become more interdependent, knowledge of the world's languages and understanding of world cultures become more significant for effective global communication and peaceful coexistence. Language study prepares today's students for tomorrow's opportunities by supporting interdisciplinary instruction and developing cross-cultural understanding. Our mission is to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts background through the study of language, literature, history and culture.
The French major consists of 33 credits and enables students to acquire an advanced level of proficiency in the language. Literature and culture courses are designed to provide a historical, political and social overview of the French-speaking world. All courses are taught in French unless otherwise noted. Teacher certification candidates in the Adolescence Inclusive program are also required to take FCE 473 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the number of credits required for the major.
Admission to the Program
Any undergraduate student can declare this major.
General Education Requirements (41 credits)
Major Program Requirements (33-42 credits)
All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.
The major in French consists of 33 credits as follows.
Prerequisites (depending on placement) (9 credits)
- FRN 111, Beginner I*
- FRN 112, Beginner II*
- FRN 211, Intermediate I*
Required Courses (24 credits)
- FRN 212 Intermediate French II*
- FRN 350 Conversing with French Cinema*
- FRN 351 Compose Yourself: Writing in French
- FRN 352 French Culture and Civilization in Four Senses
- FRN 355 Couscous, Coca-Cola, and Camembert: France Today
- FRN 404 Advanced French Grammar and Conversation
- FRN 456 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
- FRN 458 Romanticism to Existentialism: French Literary Movements
Electives (9 credits in French at the 300 or 400 level)
- See course descriptions.
Note: Teacher certification candidates in the Adolescence Inclusive program are also required to take FCE 473 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the number of credits required for the major.
* Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements
Electives (37-46 credits)
Total Credits (120 credits)
Additional Degree Requirements
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).
- Completion of all college-wide degree requirements
Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of a baccalaureate degree in French, graduates will be able to:
- Narrate and describe using a variety of time frames, extended discourse, and specialized vocabulary.
- Deliver oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, using a variety of strategies to tailor the presentation to the needs of their audience.
- Narrate and describe in all major time frames with good control of aspect and a range of general vocabulary in writing for personal and professional needs.
- Identify the main facts and many supporting details in conventional narrative and descriptive oral texts.
- Identify some of the essential points of argumentative texts in areas of special interest or knowledge.
- Explain key perspectives of some French-speaking cultures within a comparative framework and connect them to cultural products and practices.
- Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts.