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 and to ensure that they gain competency in the target language and familiarity with the literature, history and culture of the civilization in question.
The major in French consists of 33 credits and is intended to enable 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.
All courses in the major or minor 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.
Required Courses (Total: 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.
Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of a baccalaureate degree in French, graduates will be able to:
- Express themselves fully in French not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics in various time frames.
- Deliver detailed presentations in French, usually with accuracy, clarity, and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.
- Write extensively in French with significant precision and detail on a variety of topics, most complex issues, and some special fields of expertise.
- Identify the main idea and most supporting details in authentic oral situations in French on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest.
- Demonstrate and understanding of French texts on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts.
- Explain key perspectives of the French-speaking cultures within a comparative framework (i.e. comparing the target culture to their own or to a series of cultures) 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.
- Analyze ideas and critical issues from cultural artifacts from multiple viewpoints and approaches.