As a French major you will study the language, literatures and cultures of continental France as well as the worldwide Francophone Diaspora. Introductory courses emphasize linguistic skills, with attention to grammatical accuracy and native pronunciation. Advanced courses focus upon in-depth textual analysis and critical engagement of ideas. The program offers seminars on Québec and African Studies. A concentration in Francophone Studies is also possible. All French Majors study at least one semester abroad, either through the CIEE in France program or at another approved site in French-speaking Africa or Canada. On campus, you can join a Cercle Français and take part in the conversation table, alternative chapel, Bible Study, film showings, museum field trips, Haitian church visit, and weekend trips to Montreal.
The French major consists of 36 credits in intermediate or upper-level courses and LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics. At least 8 credits of French at the 300/400 level must be successfully completed on the Gordon campus. Majors are required to spend either one or two semesters at an approved program in France or a Francophone country. The junior year is recommended for study abroad.
Lower Level (First Year)
*FRE101, *102 Beginning French I, II (4, 4)
Introduction to French language and Francophone cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. FRE101 conducted primarily in French;
FRE102 conducted in French. Language placement score required. Successful fulfillment of FRE101 is a prerequisite for FRE102.
Intermediate Level (Second Year)
FRE201 Intermediate French I (4)
Continued practice in French language and study of Francophone cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: FRE102, placement score or equivalent.
FRE202 Intermediate French II (4)
Continued practice in French language and study of Francophone cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: FRE201, placement score or permission of instructor.
FRE313 Advanced French Writing (4)
Focus on idiomatic expressions and style needed for various kinds of writing. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE202, placement score or equivalent. (Every third year.)
FRE360 French History, Culture, and Civilization (4)
Surveys geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of France. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE202, placement score or equivalent. (Every third year.)
FRE371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)
Explores pertinent literary, linguistic or cultural topic not specifically covered elsewhere in curriculum. Designated as repeatable; students may enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites set by instructor. (Every third year.)
FRE376 French Literature I (4)
Study of early masterpieces of French literature in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in French. (Every third year.)
FRE378 French Literature II (4)
Study of modern French literature in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in French. (Every third year.)
FRE425 Internship in French Conversation and Culture (4)
Supervised experience in French-speaking environment; individualized syllabus for each student combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Prerequisites: FRE202 or equivalent, permission of instructor, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and approval by Registrar’s Office.