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A student who chooses French as a major will gain valuable knowledge, not only about the language, but also about the many unique and fascinating cultures represented in the French-speaking world. Like all languages offered in our foreign language program, the French major is informed by "the five C's:": communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. These areas represent the defined goals of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

The journey toward a French major begins with a thorough emphasis on reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. These essential skills prepare the student with the foundations for communicating in diverse contexts in the French language. More advanced study of French will enable the student to explore the treasures of French and Francophone prose, poetry, drama and cinema, in addition to the study of colorful and intriguing civilizations in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Québec and wider French-speaking Canada. Through course offerings in French, students become more informed about America's French-speaking neighbors to the north and in the Caribbean to the south, in addition to becoming more functional global citizens.

Once students have reached an adequate level of proficiency in French, they will be ready to complement their classroom studies with full-immersion study abroad opportunities. As an invaluable component of the French major, students are required to study and live in a French-speaking country for a semester during the academic year following the completion of an initial sequence of courses taken in the program. Most French majors choose to study at Oglethorpe's partner institution, the Catholic University of Lille. In addition, for the adventurous student, there are many other creative study abroad options available, all of which can be discussed with student advisors. Native speakers of French are invited to complete the 12-semester hour requirements of study abroad in courses at Oglethorpe or through cross registration at one of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) institutions.

Many students who complete the French major go on to carry out graduate programs at other institutions in French and Francophone language and literature, linguistics, French cultural studies or International Relations. Other graduates from the program become French instructors or find opportunities in corporate or non-profit organizations, where they continue to apply their language skills and global experiences. Students are also invited to combine a double major in French with other disciplines, a combination which greatly enhances student marketability after graduation.

All students with previous study or experience in French must take a language placement examination. See the Oglethorpe University Bulletin Sec. 5.4.4. They will be placed in the course sequence according to their competence. Under no circumstance should students with past experience in French place themselves in courses, especially at the elementary level. Students are not eligible to enroll in elementary and intermediate courses in their native languages.

B. A. in French

1. Completion of all of the following courses:

FRE 201  Intermediate French
FRE 301  French Conversation and Composition
FRE 302  French Lyric and Literary Prose

2. Completion of a semester in an approved study abroad program.

3. Completion of three additional upper level French courses.

4. Completion of SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I (or simply placing into any Spanish course higher than SPN 101 on the Spanish placement test).

5. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. A grade of “C+” or better is required in all courses serving as prerequisites for FRE 302 French Lyric and Literary Prose (FRE 101, FRE 102, FRE 201 and FRE 301).
b. The study abroad experience should occur after the completion of FRE 302 and prior to attempting the three additional upper level French courses mentioned in 3., above.
c. The study abroad experience must result in the student earning a minimum of 12 semester hours.
d. It is recommended that French majors complete SPN 101 sometime during their first two years.
e. Certain requirements for the major may be met through an approved study abroad program.

Minor in French (TU)

1. Completion of four French courses at the 200-level or above.

2. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. Certain requirements for the minor may be met through an approved study abroad program.

The following courses are offered on French:


FRE 101, FRE 102. Elementary French I, II 4 plus 4 hours
This course is beginning college French, designed to present a sound foundation in understanding, speaking, reading and writing contemporary French. Prerequisite: None for FRE 101; FRE 101 required for FRE 102, or placement by testing.

FRE 201. Intermediate French 4 hours
This course involves further practice in developing oral and written skills. Introduction to a variety of unedited French texts will be included. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or placement by testing.

FRE 301. French Conversation and Composition 4 hours
This course focuses on the development of oral skills through practice in group settings and individual class presentations combined with weekly writing assignments in French to be revised on a regular basis. A study of style and grammatical forms used exclusively in the written language completes the course work. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or placement by testing.
 
FRE 302. French Lyric and Literary Prose 4 hours
Selected texts from French literature are studied as examples of prose, poetry and drama. Students will read original works from the French classical and modern periods. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or placement by testing.

FRE 401. Special Topics in French Language, Literature, and Culture 4 hours
Topical aspects of the literature and cultural phenomena associated with the French language are explored in this course. Offerings will vary according to faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: FRE 301.
 
FRE 402. The Modern French Republics and Their Institutions 4 hours
A study of both political and cultural institutions in France from 1870 to the present with emphasis on the traditions established by the new republican government in the 1880s and the creation in 1958 of the Fifth Republic under which France is currently governed. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 301.
 
FRE 403. Franco-American Relations in Trade and Culture 4 hours
This course is an orientation to French business and cultural communities and considerations of existing connections with their American counterparts. The course includes an introduction to business French. Guest lecturers are invited from the diplomatic and business community in the wider Atlanta area. Field trips are also organized to consulates, trade offices, and businesses. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 301.
 
FRE 404. Great French Actresses and Their Film Roles 4 hours
This course will study French film actresses and their roles in an attempt to understand better the situation of women in France during the last half of the 20th century. Readings from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, written at the outset of the period in question, provide a counterpoint to the cinematic fiction. Actresses studied may include Isabelle Adjani, Arletty, Fanny Ardant, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Binoche, Sandrine Bonaire, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Miou-Miou, Romy Scheider, and Simone Signoret. The course is conducted in English. Students may take the course as part of a French major or minor and complete readings, tests, and written work in French. Prerequisite: None for work in English, FRE 302 for work in French.
 
FRE 405. The 19th-Century French Realist Novel 4 hours
This course studies the 19th-century French realist novel by concentrating on three "giants" of the tradition. The course includes Balzac's Père Goriot, Flaubert's Education Sentimentale and Zola's Germinal. The study of one novel of each of these writers gives an overview of the major literary moments in the century following the French Revolution. The principal characters in each novel confront the particular challenges of each historical and social moment in 19thcentury France. The course thus allows students to obtain a complex notion of realism in an historical context along with greatly enhanced vocabulary and language skills in French. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 302.
 
FRE 450. Independent Study in French 1-4 hours
Supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Provost prior to registration.
 
FRE 406. French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa 4 hours

This course uses Spanish- and French-speaking countries in proximity to each other in the
Caribbean or Africa as a point of departure for literary, cultural, social and service learning
exploration. Offerings may focus upon Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Martinique and
Cuba, Equatorial Guinea in relation to Senegal or other appropriate pairings. The course is
taught in English and students without advanced skills in French or Spanish may register.
This course is also cross listed as SPN 406. Prerequisite: FRE 301 for French major or minor
credit; SPN 301 for Spanish major or minor credit.

 


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