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French B.A.

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • 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: 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 my 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 1027, 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 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature [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 1027 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3023 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3026 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3028 {Inactive} [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 (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3503 - Modern Studies: Avant-Garde, Existentialism, Experimentation (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3501 - Modern Studies: The Old Regime and New Ideas: The French Enlightenment (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 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones (2.0 cr)
· FREN 3504 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3604 - Francophone Studies: L'Amerique francophone (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 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
An additional 8 credits of FREN 3xxx or above, exclusive of those used to fulfill required cluster courses. FREN 2011 and FREN 2012 may also be used to satisfy this elective requirement. Students may take up to 4 credits from FREN 1027, 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 1027 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· 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 (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 2012 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
 
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FREN 2001 - Intermediate French I (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review of the essential structural patterns of the French language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 1002 or placement or instr consent
FREN 2002 - Intermediate French II (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Review of the essential structural patterns of the French language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 2001 or placement or instr consent
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4 credits of 3002 or 3003 or 3004 or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
A survey of literature from France and from across the Francophone world. Study poetry, novels, theater, and film, and develop reading skills and methods of analysis. prereq: 4 credits of 3002 or 3003 or 3004 or instr consent
FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course traces the history of French culture from the Middle Ages until the death of Louis XIV in 1715; it examines the geography, language, and institutions of medieval and early modern France through literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3022] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 1031 - Modern Studies: The Modern Body in France (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Beginning with Vesalius, this course examines how the notions of body and mind have been shaped and reshaped in tandem with the rise of the sciences in France, with emphasis on evolving conceptions of ability and disabilities. Taught in English. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in the French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 1302 - French Cinema (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The history of filmmaking in France from the Lumiere brothers to the present; introduction to major trends in film theory. All films have English subtitles. Taught in English. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count towards the Fren minor]
FREN 3502 - Modern Studies: Revolution, Romanticism, Modernity
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines the emergence of Romanticism, Modernity, Realism, and Naturalism in a historical context shaped by the successive revolutions of 1789, 1815, 1830, 1848, and 1870; industrialization; the rise of a middle class; advances in technology and medicine; and the centrality of images and the popular press in daily life in France. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3037] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3503 - Modern Studies: Avant-Garde, Existentialism, Experimentation
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
From la belle epoque through two world wars and the civil unrest of 1968; from France's efforts to come to terms with its colonial past to its role within the European Union, from Proust to Pennac, this course examines French history, culture and literary movements of the past century to the present day. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3038] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3501 - Modern Studies: The Old Regime and New Ideas: The French Enlightenment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the absolutism of Louis XIV and the rise of modern secular thinking in the French literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment, with particular attention given to shifting notions of freedom, agency, and one's place within society and relationship to others. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement for the French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3039] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world. All films have English subtitles. Taught in English. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count toward the Fren minor]
FREN 1312 - Morocco: History, Story, Myth (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study of the ways that history, myth, and storytelling intertwine to create Moroccan identity and of the different methods of telling stories through orature, literature, weaving, ceramics, and music. Students learn about current concerns and successes in Moroccan society. Taught in English. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count toward the Fren minor]
FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the oral tale in African and Caribbean cultures. Examination of the form of these tales, their thematic structure, and how these tales have been translated into written and/or cinematographic texts. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3042] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3604 - Francophone Studies: L'Amerique francophone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of literary texts and movements in Francophone North America, including Quebec and Louisiana, as well as the history of French exploration of the New World. A discussion of the cultural tensions that have threatened and continue to shape Francophone identity in North America. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3044] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 1031 - Modern Studies: The Modern Body in France (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Beginning with Vesalius, this course examines how the notions of body and mind have been shaped and reshaped in tandem with the rise of the sciences in France, with emphasis on evolving conceptions of ability and disabilities. Taught in English. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in the French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 1302 - French Cinema (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The history of filmmaking in France from the Lumiere brothers to the present; introduction to major trends in film theory. All films have English subtitles. Taught in English. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count towards the Fren minor]
FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world. All films have English subtitles. Taught in English. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count toward the Fren minor]
FREN 1312 - Morocco: History, Story, Myth (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study of the ways that history, myth, and storytelling intertwine to create Moroccan identity and of the different methods of telling stories through orature, literature, weaving, ceramics, and music. Students learn about current concerns and successes in Moroccan society. Taught in English. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement for the French major. [Note: does not count toward the Fren minor]
FREN 3112 - Advanced Language Studies: Introduction to French Phonetics
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training in French pronunciation through general and French phonetics. Students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and study the correct articulate of French vowels and consonants, as well as other important parts of speech such as liaison, enchainement, and intonation. Meets Advanced Language Studies (ALS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 2011] prereq: 2002 (or concurrent enrollment in 2002) or instr consent