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French Studies B.A.

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 35 to 57
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The major in French and Francophone studies introduces students to world cultures and history and prepares them for our interconnected, global future. The program cultivates students’ cultural sophistication and their skills in language, communication, analysis, and argument. The major combines advanced language study with courses in three areas of concentration: linguistics, literature, and film. After placement exams, students begin their language study freshmen year while also taking a Gateways to French and Francophone studies course, taught in English, which introduces them to Francophone cultures from across the world and to the way we study them. Students go on to study advanced French grammar, communication, and composition, and they can take language electives in phonetics, advanced oral communication, advanced writing (journalistic and literary prose), and the language and culture of business in France. They continue to hone their language skills in elective courses in linguistics, literature, and culture, most of which are taught entirely in French. Courses in linguistics cover sociolinguistics, the history of the French language, the structure and sounds of the language, and Old (medieval) French. Courses in literature do not confine themselves to the contemplation of aesthetics, but rather pose philosophical and historical questions (“What is human nature?” “What new world did revolutionaries imagine?” “How do immigrants represent their new lives?”). They cover all periods, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical Period, Enlightenment, Modernity, and Postmodernity. A number of courses focus on Francophone material from Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. Courses in cinema, from its first moments to the present, are also offered. We encourage students to study abroad on one of the programs offered through the Learning Abroad Center. Students must complete the Gateways course, at least four 3xxx-level courses totalling 12 credits, and the senior project on the UMN TC campus, but they can transfer a great deal of coursework from programs abroad. We accept appropriate coursework from the Montpellier Integrated or Intensive Language programs, the Montpellier Advanced Summer program, the Paris CIEE program, the Senegal MSID program, and the National Student Exchange to a university in Quebec. However, students must consult with an advisor in the Department before committing to one of these programs. Many students combine a French studies major with another CLA major in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Students have also successfully combined a BA in French with degrees in other colleges, including the Carlson School of Management, the College of Design, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Food, and Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences. These students choose French as a second major, rather than a minor, because it allows them to reach a higher level of language proficiency while achieving a depth of cultural understanding that is not possible in the shorter program.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Complete the introductory 4-semester French language sequence or its equivalent. Note: Students must formally declare a major within the department before completing the majority of the major elective requirements.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs 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, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of French. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the French Studies BA is FREN. Majors must complete a Gateways course (15xx) and a minimum of 10 upper division FREN courses for 30 credits, plus a senior proj. At least 4 of the 10 upper division FREN courses (not counting the senior project) must be taken in the Department of French at the UMN-TC campus. Up to 18 credits of 3xxx-level coursework from study abroad programs sponsored by or affiliated with the University of Minnesota may be counted towards the major. FREN 15xx must be taken on the UMN-TC campus or through the May-term Abroad "Gateways" program sponsored by the Department. Students completing the senior project must do so on the UMN-TC campus. Students may earn a BA or a minor in French, but not both. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Prerequisites
In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may place out through EPT or LPE examinations.
Take 0 or more course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
FREN 1001 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1002 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
or FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take the following 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.
FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or Other FREN 15xx Course
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] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division French Courses
All courses are worth 3 credits. FREN 37xx courses do NOT fulfill the upper division French courses sub-requirement. No more than three of the seven courses may be numbered FREN 30xx. FREN 3010 is repeatable up to three times for a total of 9 credits. Note: most FREN linguistics courses require LING 3001 or FREN 3500 as a prerequisite.
Take 7 or more course(s) totaling 21 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
· FREN 5xxx
Senior Project
The senior project is completed in FREN 4101W, 4101V, FREN 4109W or 4110V in the last or next-to-last semester before graduation. Honors students should consult the UHP Sub-plan for their senior project requirements. Research topics must be approved by course instructor. Papers are written in consultation with course instructor or other appropriate faculty. Double majors can complete the senior project in their other CLA major, but must still take a minimum of 30 FREN upper division credits.
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling 2 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
Seminar in French Studies
If it is offered, students fulfilling the senior project requirement must take FREN 4101W or FREN 4101V. Honors students seeking Latin honors must take the honors version of the course. Honors students writing summa theses should take a total of 4 credits of senior project by combining 4101V and 4110V in their final year.
· FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· Directed Studies Senior Project
· FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis [WI] (2.0-4.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3017W - Advanced Writing in French: Genre, Style, Rhetoric [WI] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies [WI] (2.0 cr)
· FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis [WI] (2.0-4.0 cr)
 
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FREN 1001 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01214
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings.
FREN 1002 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360 - Fren 1002/4002/4022/Mont 1002
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings. prereq: 1001 or equiv
FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360
Prerequisites: 2 or more yrs high school French
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied French in high school or at community colleges and who do not place high enough on placement exam to enter 1003. An accelerated review of Fren 1001 followed by the material covered in Fren 1002. prereq: 2 or more yrs high school French
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01216
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1002 or Entrance Proficiency Test
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01217
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1003 or Entrance Proficiency Test
FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02415
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course, taught in English by a member of the Department's regular faculty, will introduce students to French and Francophone Studies today. The course has no prerequisites. Students who have already completed French 1004 or equivalent may not register for 1501; they must register for 1502. The course has several components. To learn about the historical breadth of French culture and the way it informs cultural and political topics today, students will read at least one significant, complete text from the period before the French Revolution and one from the period after it, discussing them in small groups. An ongoing series of guest presentations throughout the semester will introduce students to the various fields of French and Francophone Studies and the faculty in the Department. In addition, students will participate in two major activities: a "Reacting to the Past" role-playing game set during the French Revolution, and an "Encountering the Present" activity in which they will gather oral histories of French-speaking immigrants.
FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02415
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course, taught mainly in English by a member of the department's regular faculty, will introduce students to French and Francophone Studies today. Students will complete some reading assignments in French. Prerequisite: French 1004. Students who have not yet completed 1004 should enroll instead in French 1501. The course has several components. To learn about the historical breadth of French culture and the way it informs cultural and political topics today, students will read at least one significant, complete text from the period before the French Revolution and one from the period after it, discussing them in small groups. An ongoing series of guest presentations throughout the semester will introduce students to the various fields of French and Francophone Studies and the faculty in the Department. In addition, students will participate in two major activities: a "Reacting to the Past" role-playing game set during the French Revolution, and an "Encountering the Present" activity in which they will gather oral histories of French-speaking immigrants.
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
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
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
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 4101W - Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The Senior Project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the Senior Project Course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The senior project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the senior project course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439 - Fren 4101W/Fren 4101V/Fren 410
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Completion of research paper based on paper written for previous course or expansion of project undertaken in concurrent course. prereq: instr consent, [completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS]
FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis (WI)
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed study used to develop or complete honors thesis in French and Francophone studies. prereq: [Completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS], candidate for honors in French, instr consent
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
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 3017W - Advanced Writing in French: Genre, Style, Rhetoric (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02263
Prerequisites: 3016
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Workshop in journalistic/literary prose writing in French. Theme of journalistic/literary readings varies. Article, editorial, review, essay, biography, tale, prose poem. Word order, sequence of tenses, indirect discourse, literary tenses. Overview of stylistics/use of rhetorical figures. prereq: 3016
FREN 4101W - Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The Senior Project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the Senior Project Course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4101V - Honors: Seminar in French Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course for French and FRIT majors only, to be taken during the final semester. The senior project is the capstone experience of the major in French and Francophone or FRIT Studies. Building on your prior coursework, your linguistic expertise in French, and your analytical skills, it gives you the opportunity to do independent, original work on a topic of particular interest to you. This project is designed to bridge two upper-division French courses: a 3-credit elective of your own choice in the areas of literature, culture, or linguistics (i.e., one of your required electives numbered 31xx–36xx) and the senior project course itself (4101W/V). The elective provides background in the general field of research, while French 4101W/V allows you to learn the basics of research and advanced academic writing while working with a faculty member and a group of peers involved in similar projects. prereq: French 3101W and at least three electives completed.
FREN 4109W - Senior Project in French and Francophone Studies (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02439 - Fren 4101W/Fren 4101V/Fren 410
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Completion of research paper based on paper written for previous course or expansion of project undertaken in concurrent course. prereq: instr consent, [completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS]
FREN 4110V - Honors Thesis (WI)
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed study used to develop or complete honors thesis in French and Francophone studies. prereq: [Completion of most major coursework or permission of DUS], candidate for honors in French, instr consent