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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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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
FR 1101 - Beginning French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
FR 1102 - Beginning French II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school French or 1101 or instructor consent
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school French or 1102 or instructor consent
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 4 years high school french or 1201 or instructor consent
FR 2301 - Advanced French (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of French literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in French. prereq: 5 years high school french or 1202 or instructor consent
FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression after they have completed the French language sequence. Individualized work on points of syntax and semantics, set in a contemporary context, using a variety of texts and resources. prereq: 2301 with grade of C or higher
FORS 3178 - FR 3040 Language and Culture in France
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02242 - FORS 3178/FR 3040
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Taught on site in France. Explore the rich heritage of Montpellier while studying French language, culture, gastronomy, history and politics. Live with a host family to bolster language skills and internalize daily life. Study current issues within France, such as immigration, globalization and identity politics taught by French faculty. prereq: Admitted to an approved study abroad program, required consent from the International Education Office.
ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The city as a work of art and center of culture. A study of artistic representations combined with references to primary texts. Use of case studies of particular urban centers to explore the rise of the city and the history of urban planning around the globe.
ARTH 3340 - Baroque and Rococo Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developments in European painting and sculpture during 17th and 18th centuries.
ARTH 3360 - European Art in an Age of Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
European art from French Revolution through pan-European revolutions of 1848, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 3361 - European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
European art from mid-19th century through 1900, including late Realism, Impressionism, pan-European Symbolism and Art Nouveau, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Includes Cubism, Futurism, Dada, de Stijl, German Expressionism, New Objectivity, Surrealism, art of Bauhaus, and art of National Socialists, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 4491 - Directed Study in 19th- and 20th-Century European Art
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent research in an area of the student's interest; fundamental knowledge of period or subject required. prereq: Graduate Student or instructor consent; max 6 credits for undergrads, max 9 credits for grad
ARTH 5191 - Directed Study in Ancient and Medieval Art
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Independent research in an area of art history pertinent to the interests of the student. Fundamental knowledge of period or subject required. prereq: instructor consent; max 6 credits for undergraduates
FR 2315 - French Cinema (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Images of human diversity in French cinema. Films with English subtitles; class discussion in English.
HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Causes, conduct, and consequences of World Wars I and II from European perspective. Offered during day school and in Individualized Learning Program.
HIST 3257 - Modern France
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History of France from 1789 to present.
HIST 3615 - Modern Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Africa, 1800 to present. Colonial conquest and domination, African resistance, nationalism, and problems of independence. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3515
HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Generational, class, and gender conflicts in the wake of European occupation, impact of colonial and neocolonial domination, and African responses to that occupation and to the world economy in the 20th century; selected films and literary sources. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3516
LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores the use of digital technology in Humanities. To do so, we examine the impact digital technology has on the study of human culture in the language-centered disciplines. These disciplines, because they are often comparative, embrace the difficulties that come with translation and other forms of communication over distance. This course explores the status of language as interface in the increasingly complex media landscape still emerging today. By focusing on language as interface and by focusing on the intersection of Comparative Literacy Studies and the Digital Humanities, this course provides students with the skills they will need to best make use of digital technology as an instrument of the study of human culture. Taught in English.
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries: political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies; and the future of the "welfare state." prereq: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent