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French Studies B.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 27 to 47
  • Study abroad will be strongly encouraged for French Studies majors in a variety of sites, to be determined by student interest and focus, throughout the French-speaking world. Our program will work to facilitate the achievement of University of Minnesota system-wide goals, which call for 50 percent of students to participate in a study abroad experience.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This program prepares students to thrive as globally competent citizens through an in-depth encounter with French and Francophone cultures and literature. Majors develop language proficiency and communication skills as they study literature, films, and cultures of the French-speaking world. Such studies have long been a core discipline in the liberal arts due to the rich intellectual, political, artistic, technological, and scientific achievements of a culture whose language is spoken in many parts of the world. In view of northeastern Minnesota's extensive French heritage and proximity to bilingual Canada, the field of French studies offers local as well as global perspectives that can be applied in a wide variety of career choices.
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
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request a waiver from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. Two elective courses applicable to the major must be taken through UMD. 3. Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences. 4. Oral proficiency exam. Note: Students pursuing both the B.A. and the B.A.A. degrees in French must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of French electives over and above the requirements for the B.A.A. to receive both degrees.
Core Courses (0-20 cr)
Students with language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement. Students usually complete the advanced French Studies language course before other upper-division courses that emphasize literature and culture.
FR 1101 - Beginning French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1102 - Beginning French II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 2301 - Advanced French [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Electives (23 cr)
To enroll in these courses a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 2301 or be concurrently enrolled in 2301 or obtain instructor consent. With adviser consent, some upper-division French courses may be transferred and/or earned abroad, but at least two courses must be taken through UMD.
Take 23 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3xxx
· FR 4xxx
· FORS 3178 - FR 3040 Language and Culture in France (6.0 cr)
· Optional Elective
One of the following courses (taught in English) applies to the '23 elective credits'. With prior approval from an adviser, selected courses may be taken in another department or program if related to the major.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3340 - Baroque and Rococo Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3360 - European Art in an Age of Revolution (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3361 - European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945 (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 4491 - Directed Study in 19th- and 20th-Century European Art (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5191 - Directed Study in Ancient and Medieval Art (1.0-3.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3257 - Modern France (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa (3.0 cr)
· LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3100 is recommended. Any WRIT 31xx course is applicable to the major.
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
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