Foreign language study not only teaches students much about their native tongue, but also introduces them to another people's language, literature, and customs. This awareness of cultural and linguistic relativity is one of the hallmarks of a liberal arts education.
Introductory and Intermediate French courses develop students' skills in spoken and written French and acquaint them with the literature and culture of the French- speaking world. Advanced language study allows the student to reach the higher level of mastery in French required in more specialized study and usage.
In the more advanced literature, film and civilization courses, students study French writing and culture in greater depth, thereby gaining considerable knowledge of and insight into France's past and present achievements in all fields of endeavor. Students at all levels of French are encouraged to study abroad, either in the College-sponsored program at the Institute of IES in Nantes or Paris, or in another approved program, as an inestimable enhancement to their understanding of the country, its people, and its language. When students choose the College-sponsored course of study in Nantes or Paris, both credits and grades are transferred and financial aid may be applied to participation in the program.
Students specializing in French will find that their major studies, in addition to their humanistic value, afford sound preparation for graduate study and for careers in teaching or interpreting. A knowledge of French will also be invaluable to them in the fields of international business and government, as well as social work. All courses offered in the department are conducted in French.
Goals for Introductory through Advanced-Level Language Courses
Goals for Literature and Film Courses
Goals for Culture and Society Courses
The French major, which includes a minimum of ten courses at or above the 300 level, is made up of two sequences:
1) A group of four required courses, three of which-300 first, then 305 and 310-should be taken before further progress in the major program unless there is a valid reason for exception. (305 or 310 may be taken simultaneously with 300 with permission of the department chair.) French 400 must be taken in the spring semester of the senior year.
2) A set of six electives chosen from the other departmental offerings at the 300 level.
All French majors are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad in a program approved by the department. The number of courses taken abroad for credit toward the major is limited to three.
Students planning on certification in secondary education must include both a history/geography/civilization course, a phonetics course and a linguistic component in their program of study. These requirements can be met by completing French 351 and Education 304 or by taking the equivalent courses in a program of study abroad.
Individualized study may be taken only once as part of the minimum requirements for the major. All majors must take at least one course within the department during their senior year. These requirements may be waived in special cases at the discretion of the department.
Six courses are required for a minor in French. For students who begin in the 101-102 or 201-202 sequences, 202 will count toward the minor. In addition, students must take 300 and 305 and three additional courses above 305.
Students who begin on the 300 level must take 300 and 305 and four additional courses above 305. As with the major, courses taken abroad may be counted toward a minor, subject to the approval of the department chair. The number of courses taken abroad for credit toward the minor is limited to two. Courses taken S/U may not count toward the minor.
Students contemplating a minor in French should register with the department chairperson.
French 305 is a prerequisite for majors and minors for all literature courses. Students who have completed the language requirement and who wish to continue in French, but do not contemplate either a major or minor, may take 300 or 305. Permission of the department chairperson is required for entry into all other courses.
Study Abroad for Majors
Juniors and first-semester seniors who have completed French 300 or its equivalent may study for one or two semesters at the College's affiliated program in Paris or Nantes, France. Both credits and grades from this program will be transferred, and Financial Aid may be applied to participation. Students live with French families.
Study Abroad for Minors
Students pursuing a minor in French may study for a semester at the College's affiliated program in Paris or Nantes. Both credits and grades from these programs will be transferred, and Financial Aid may be applied to participation. Students live with French families.
Beginning and Intermediate Program Abroad
Students may complete the second language requirement in French by studying for a semester in Aix-en-Provence. The department's Beginning and Intermediate Program is offered every semester and includes two required courses in French language, plus three elective courses from areas such as political science, history, art, psychology, etc., which may satisfy other major or minor requirements. Students live with French families.
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