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Twin Cities Campus

French Studies B.A.

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 33 to 34
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The French studies major includes courses in three areas of concentration: linguistics, literature, and culture. Courses in language and linguistics include history of the French language, structure of the language, sociolinguistics, phonetics, conversation, and business French. Courses in literature and culture focus on topics and problems in three broad historical periods: the Middle Ages and Renaissance, early modern France, and modern and contemporary France. A number of courses focus on Francophone literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. Courses in French cinema are also offered. Many students combine a French studies major with another major. The department offers selected courses in English for students who have not mastered French but want to study France and the French-speaking world.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of French.
At least four upper division courses must be completed in the French department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.
Major Courses
Courses not used to fulfill a Major Courses requirement may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication (3.0 cr)
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication (3.0 cr)
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
FREN 3111 - Medieval Stories (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3140 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3170 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3172 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3181 - Mapping Enlightenment in 17th- and 18th-Century French Prose (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3240 - Topics in Ancien Regime Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3250 - French Poetry (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3260 - Dramas of Culture: 20th-Century French and Francophone Theater (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3310 - Literature of Revolution and Upheaval (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3321 - Producing the Bourgeois Subject: The Sense of Self in 18th-Century French Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3330 - Literature and the Making of Modern France: 20th-Century Perspectives (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3340 - Topics in Modern French Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3350 - Topics in Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3360 - Coming of Age (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3371 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3380 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3410 - Quebecois Literature (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3451 - North African Cinema (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3479 - Francophone Writers of the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5250 - Promenades Poetiques: The Subject in Motion (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5260 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5270 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5350 - Topics in Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5470 - Post/Colonial Francophone Literatures (3.0 cr)
FREN 3601 - French Civilization and Culture I (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3602 - French Civilization and Culture II (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3611 - Deciphering Courtly Literatures of Medieval France [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3650 - Topics in French/Francophone Cultures (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3671 - Theaters of Pain: Violence and the Spectacular in Premodern France (3.0 cr)
FREN 3010 is repeatable for a total of nine credits. LING 3001 is a prerequisite for most French linguistics courses. Elective credits may not include FREN 3705, 3706, 3710, 3750, or 3019.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
· FREN 5xxx
Senior Project
Students design substantial research project on topic of their choice in French and Francophone studies (linguistics, literature, culture). Topic must be approved by instructor, and written in consultation with instructor and appropriate department faculty members. French majors who complete the requirements for another CLA major (including senior paper) are not required to take FREN 4101W, and must substitute 3 cr in advanced FREN electives numbering 3111 or above for FREN 4101W.
FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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