Department: World Languages and Cultures

The French designated program of emphasis builds proficiency in the French language and provides a general knowledge of French and Francophone cultures. It also allows students to focus on a specific area of French literature or civilization. The program prepares students for graduate work in French or related fields, as well as a variety of international professions.

  • A minimum of one semester of study in France or a French-speaking country or region.
  • A minimum of 45 credit hours in French. Of these 45 hours, no more than 14 may be beginning or intermediate language courses (i.e. courses numbered below FR 230).
  • After returning from the semester or year abroad, students will take at least one 300 or 400 level course in the target language.
  • Prior to the second semester of the student's senior year, she/he must demonstrate at least intermediate-high oral proficiency in French on the ACTFL scale.
  • The following courses must be taken to complete the POE. Alternative courses taken at an exchange institution may be substituted with departmental approval:

FR-110  French I
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 4 Credits; H,I; 
Emphasizes the four communicative skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) focusing on the context of everyday life. Note: " Students may receive H or I credit provided that they have not taken more than two years of the language at the secondary-school level.  

Students will only receive H or I distribution if they have not taken more than two years of French at the secondary level.

FR-120  French II
Spring; Yearly; 4 Credits; H,I,CS,SWGLS; 
This class is intended for students who have completed FR 110 or its equivalent. In addition to learning and practicing basic communication skills in French, students will study some of the cultural foundations and practices of the French-speaking world. Instruction is entirely in French.  PRE-REQ: FR 110 or equivalent. 

FR-210  French III
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; H,I,CS,SWGLS; 
This is the third course in a the three-semester sequence of beginning and intermediate French. Students will learn and practice more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary to communicate more spontaneously and fluently with other speakers of French.  PRE-REQ: French 120 or equivalent. 

FR 110, 120, 210 are waived if students place out of them, but no academic credit will be awarded.

FR-270  Francophone Civilization and Culture II
Either Semester; Odd Years; 3 Credits; H,I,CS; 
An in-depth introduction to the history and influence of French culture outside Europe. Students will gain a general knowledge of contemporary Francophone cultures that exist throughout the world.  Prerequisite: FR210 or equivalent. 

FR-331  The Craft of Translation
Variable; Variable; 3 Credits; H,I,CW; 
This course introduces high-intermediate and advanced students of French to the formal technics and art of written translation.  Students must have completed two 200 level courses taught in French or have instructor permission prior to enrollment. 

WL-201 Language in Motion
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1 Credit; H, I, CS, SW-LE; 
In this course, international students, study-abroad returnees, students with other international experiences, heritage speakers, and/or upper-level language students expand their knowledge of language and culture, process their own intercultural and language-learning experiences, and enrich local school classrooms. In addition to learning about teaching language and culture and the school context, students develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.  

In addition, students will select two elective courses outside the French program that focus on European history or topics of French or Francophone concern (for example):

HS-104 European History to 1550
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; H, I; 
This course traces the history of Europe from the late Roman Republic to the Protestant Reformation. Attention is given to political, social, and religious developments during the period.  

IS-104   Ideas & Power in the Modern World
Spring; All Years; 4 Credits; H,I,CW,SWGH1; 
An integrative examination of human experience with an emphasis on language, gender, race, and literature and the ways in which different cultures and classes understand human reality.  

PS-241 European Politics
Variable; Variable; 3 Credits; S, I; 
Examines the modern history, political culture, institutions and policies of the major West European states. Britain, France, West Germany and the European Communities are compared along with selected other countries. The major problems confronting these are highlighted. Prerequisite: PS101 or PS102.

Total may not exceed 63 credit hours.