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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 {Inactive} (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 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
Electives
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: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html 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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FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01215
Prerequisites: 1004 or equiv or #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced study of French with particular emphasis on grammar review, vocabulary building, oral communication skills, and language usage in cultural contexts. prereq: 1004 or equiv or instr consent
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02275
Prerequisites: 3015 or equiv or #
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced study of grammar in context; emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. prereq: 3015 or equiv or instr consent
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3016 or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing intensive. Critical methods, standards of scholarship, and body of knowledge specific to French and Francophone studies. Understand/analyze literary and nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv
FREN 3111 - Medieval Stories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading/discussion of major forms of medieval tale (comic, bawdy, moralizing, fantasy, historical) in modern French translation. Explores their relationship to development of French culture, especially urbanization, class relations, marriage, role of Church. prereq: 3101
FREN 3140 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Different aspects of French literature/culture of medieval/Renaissance periods (11th-16th century). Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problem. Period, author, genre, or topic of interest. Readings may be literary, critical, cultural, historical, political, etc. Specific content posted in department and in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3181 - Mapping Enlightenment in 17th- and 18th-Century French Prose
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The themes, values, and critical strategies of the social and intellectual movement designated by the term Enlightenment. The legacy of the Enlightenment project will also be evaluated. prereq: 3101
FREN 3240 - Topics in Ancien Regime Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Different aspects of French literature/culture from early modern period (17th/18th centuries). Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problems. Period, author, genre or topic of interest. Readings may be literary, critical, cultural, historical, political, etc. Specific content posted in department/Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3250 - French Poetry
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The historical, political, and social contexts of the evolution of French poetry from its origins to the modern era. While studying primarily lyric poetry, epic and dramatic poetry may also be considered when appropriate. prereq: 3101
FREN 3260 - Dramas of Culture: 20th-Century French and Francophone Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00997 - Fren 3260/Th 3261
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Key movements, dramatists, and contexts of 20th-century French and Francophone theater. Areas of study include naturalist and symbolist legacies as well as existentialist, avant-garde, and contemporary performance and drama. prereq: 3101
FREN 3310 - Literature of Revolution and Upheaval
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of revolutionary movements in France seen through novels placed in historical context. Content may vary, but course will deal with radical historical, cultural and literary changes in France primarily in the modern period. prereq: 3101
FREN 3330 - Literature and the Making of Modern France: 20th-Century Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Developments of literary culture of 20th-century France in the context of historical events and social transformations. prereq: 3101
FREN 3340 - Topics in Modern French Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Modern French literature/culture, defining modern period as that of post-Revolution France. Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problem. Period, author, genre, or topic of interest. Specific content posted in department/in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3350 - Topics in Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Focuses on a problem, period, author, or topic of interest. Specific content posted in department and listed in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3360 - Coming of Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of the literature of education and of the process of youth coming to terms with society. Readings will vary and will be drawn from a number of time periods. prereq: 3101
FREN 3410 - Quebecois Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study writing produced in Quebec as a literature of its own, not simply as a part of Canadian literature. Literature will be studied in relation to other North American literatures and to Francophone literature produced elsewhere in the world. prereq: 3101
FREN 3451 - North African Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Cinemas of the Maghreb, the northern African nations of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Themes may include North African cities/communities; gender, class and ethnicity; and impact of globalization in migratory patterns. Films. Readings in philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, and cultural critique. prereq: 3101
FREN 3479 - Francophone Writers of the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Literature from Francophone North Africa, Africa, the Caribbean of the colonial and/or post-colonial eras, examined in its historical, cultural, or ideological contexts. Reading selections may include texts by immigrant or exiled writers in France. prereq: 3101
FREN 5250 - Promenades Poetiques: The Subject in Motion
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The search for the subject in poetry and poetic prose as revealed through the motif of the "promenade" and experimentation with literary forms. prereq: 3111 or above
FREN 5350 - Topics in Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: 3101 or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Problem, period, author, or topic of interest. See Class Schedule. prereq: 3101 or equiv
FREN 5470 - Post/Colonial Francophone Literatures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Francophone literature from North Africa, Africa, and the Caribbean of the colonial and/or post-colonial eras in the light of relevant literary and cultural theories. prereq: 3111 or above
FREN 3601 - French Civilization and Culture I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Roman occupation of Gaul to 1715. prereq: 3015
FREN 3602 - French Civilization and Culture II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
1705 to present. prereq: 3015
FREN 3611 - Deciphering Courtly Literatures of Medieval France (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01960
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Cultural practices of 12th-century Angevin/Capetian courts. Lyrics, romances, texts/artworks. Patronage, authorship, representation of self, understanding of various "others" (women, Orthodox Christians, Muslims). prereq: 3015
FREN 3650 - Topics in French/Francophone Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3015
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
French/francophone cultures in various historical, social, political, geographical contexts. prereq: 3015
FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Reading and discussion of contemporary issues in French studies and workshop on senior projects. prereq: Completion of all pre-elective requirements for major or permission of DUS