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French B.A.

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
French is an important language of diplomacy, commerce, and health care and is used in research across the globe and in many disciplines, such as music, art, linguistics, history, law, political science, anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and philosophy. The French discipline gives students the language and analytic skills necessary to engage intellectually with these interconnected fields in French and to appreciate the cultures of France and Francophone countries throughout the world. Objectives--The French discipline teaches the skills necessary for communicating with a variety of French-speaking peoples and for understanding their rich cultures, ideas, institutions, and writings past and present. We invite students to think critically about French and Francophone cultures, and prepare them for graduate school or to enter a bilingual professional world. STUDY ABROAD In light of today's increasingly interdependent world, the UMM French faculty endorses study abroad in combination with a French major or minor as the most effective means by which to * improve language abilities; * broaden academic horizons; * globalize one's world view; * expand career opportunities; * advance cross-cultural and problem-solving skills; and * gain confidence in oneself personally and professionally. CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FRENCH The certificate program in French responds to the growing demand for individuals who can communicate successfully in a global environment and is intended for students whose other academic commitments prevent them from completing either a major or minor in French. To earn a certificate, a student must: a) complete a minimum of 12 credits in French at UMM at the 2xxx and/or 3xxx level. All courses for the certificate must be taken on campus at UMM. Students are encouraged to study abroad, but the UMM French faculty need to assess the skills and progress of the student. Therefore, classes taken abroad (including July in Paris) do not count for the certificate. b) earn at least a B in each of the three courses (S-N grades will not be accepted for the Certificate). No courses in English may count toward the French certificate program. Students who complete a major or minor in French are not eligible for the certificate program. A student who has met the above requirements will receive a reference letter from the UMM French faculty certifying completion of the certificate program as well as language competence based on guidelines published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
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.
Required prerequisites
Beginning French
Beginning French I and II or equivalent previous language experience required to take intermediate French.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of French.
Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad, but should also plan to complete a significant amount of coursework in French at UMM. Up to 9 credits for one semester abroad or 16 credits for a year abroad may count towards the French major. Students may count FREN 3060 - July in Paris III: French Language and Culture in Paris toward the major as an on-campus course. Transfer students may apply up to 9 credits from another institution towards the French major. Students who wish to apply both transfer and study abroad credits must petition the French faculty for approval. Students majoring in French are strongly encouraged to take at least one year of instruction in another world language. One cross-listed French course taught in English (such as Fren 1031, 1302, 1311 or 1312) may be counted towards the French major, provided that students complete written work for the class in French. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
FREN 2001 - Intermediate French I [IP] (4.0 cr)
FREN 2002 - Intermediate French II [IP] (4.0 cr)
FREN 3001 - Conversation and Composition [IP] (4.0 cr)
FREN 3011 - Reading and Analysis of Texts [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Early Modern Studies (EMS)
These courses fall within the period that encompasses the Middle Ages through French classicism. Students gain familiarity with the history, cultures, and literatures of France from its beginnings in early feudal society through the seventeenth century.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 3402 - Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3406 - Early Modern Studies: Representations of Suicide and the Death Wish in the Middle Ages and Today [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Modern Studies (MOS)
These courses cover a wide range of historical, literary, and cultural moments and movements that have marked France's development since the dawn of the French Enlightenment.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 1031 - Modern Studies: The Modern Body in France [SS] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1302 - French Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3502 - Modern Studies: Revolution, Romanticism, Modernity [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3503 - Modern Studies: Avant-Garde, Existentialism, Experimentation [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3501 - Modern Studies: The Old Regime and New Ideas: The French Enlightenment [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3505 - Modern Studies: Media Representation(s), Immigration, and Identity in Migrant Literature [HIST] (4.0 cr)
Francophone Studies (FRS)
These courses examine the literature, film, history and cultures of French-speaking populations living in Africa, North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1312 - Morocco: History, Story, Myth [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3602 - Francophone Studies: Francophone Worlds [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3604 - Francophone Studies: L'Amerique francophone [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3605 - Francophone Studies: Le Cinema du Maghreb [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3606 - Francophone Studies: Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
Compilation of the French Major Portfolio
The portfolio is a collection of work charting students' intellectual progress from FREN 3001 throughout the French major. Beginning in FREN 3001, students keep all syllabi, papers, and exams--including work completed abroad--in one 3-ring binder. Senior year, students write a brief paper summarizing their intellectual history in the French major and present their portfolio to the French faculty.
French Major Portfolio
Senior Seminar
FREN 4901 must be taken on campus and the final seminar presentation must be given in French.
FREN 4901 - Senior Seminar (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
An additional 8 credits of FREN 3xxx or above, exclusive of those used to fulfill required cluster courses. FREN 3112 may also be used to satisfy this elective requirement. Students may take up to 4 credits from FREN 1031, FREN 1302, FREN 1311, FREN 1312 towards these elective credits. Electives can be chosen from the cluster courses or the following:
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 1031 - Modern Studies: The Modern Body in France [SS] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1302 - French Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1312 - Morocco: History, Story, Myth [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3112 - Advanced Language Studies: Introduction to French Phonetics [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
 
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