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FRENCH MAJOR

French majors normally take 44 quarter hours of course work in French above the elementary language level. A maximum of 22 quarter hours of transfer credit from other institutions may be allowed toward major requirements. The following guidelines from the Register's Office determine how we judge transfer credits:

  • A maximum of 12 quarter hours of transfer credit from other institutions may be allowed toward the minor requirements.
  • AP/IB credits are considered transfer credits.
  • Credits taken as a Cherrington Scholar are DU credits, not transfer credits.
  • Credits earned abroad at non-Cherrington programs are considered transfer credits.

Frédérique Chevillot is normally the primary advisor for questions about which courses taken abroad will count towards a French major or minor. During her 2013-2014 sabbatical leave, study abroad advising will be done by James Gilroy (Paris, Strasbourg and Belgium), Terri Woellner (Pau, Lille & Dakar) and Susan Stakel (Aix and Caen).

Approved courses typically include the following as a portion of the 44:

  • FREN 2400: Conversation et composition (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • A 2000-level literature course (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • A course in French culture or civilization (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • FREN 3110: La Grammaire à l'oeuvre) OR FREN 3150: L'art de la traduction (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • A minimum of two 3000-level literature courses in French (8 qtr. hrs.)

For more information on classes, please see French faculty. Dr. James Gilroy is the primary advisor, but we are all happy to answer questions. For more information on studying abroad, go to the Study Abroad Homepage.

 

FRENCH MINOR

Students electing to minor in French normally take a minimum of 24 quarter hours of course work in French above the elementary language level, therefore beginning with 2000 level courses. A maximum of 12 quarter hours of transfer credit from other institutions may be allowed toward the minor requirements. The following guidelines from the Register's Office determine how we judge transfer credits:

  • A maximum of 12 quarter hours of transfer credit from other institutions may be allowed toward the minor requirements.
  • AP/IB credits are considered transfer credits.
  • Credits taken as a Cherrington Scholar are DU credits, not transfer credits.
  • Credits earned abroad at non-Cherrington programs are considered transfer credits.

Frédérique Chevillot is normally the primary advisor for questions about which courses taken abroad will count towards a French major or minor. During her 2013-2014 sabbatical leave, study abroad advising will be done by James Gilroy (Paris, Strasbourg and Belgium), Terri Woellner (Pau, Lille & Dakar) and Susan Stakel (Aix and Caen).

For a French minor, students must take:

  • FREN 2400: Conversation et composition (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • At least one 2000-level literature course (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • At least one 3000-level French literature course (4 qtr. hrs.)

For a minor in French Culture and Civilization, students must take:

  • FREN 2400: Conversation et composition (4 qtr. hrs.)
  • At least one 2000-level culture course
  • At least one 3000-level civilization course

 

In what order should I take my French classes?

You might start at 1001, 1002, 1003, or even higher.

 

Course numbers and titles

Comments

1001-1002-1003 Français élémentaire

1000 level courses do NOT count towards the credit hour requirement of 24 for minor, 44 for major.

2001-2002-2003 Français du deuxième degré

2001, and ALL courses above it DO count towards the credit hour requirement of 24 for minor, 44 for major

2100 Écrire, lire, et parler

Note: At the present time (Academic Year 2013-14), 2100 is offered in Autumn quarter only. Plan accordingly.

You may choose to take both 2100 and 2400. However, do note that 2400 is on the list of required courses for major/minor; 2100 is NOT. 2100 is a great course to take as an entering Freshman if you have the necessary skills to place into it. It's also a great course to take before 2400 if you want to tune up your grammar more before moving on from 2003 to 2400. (2100 foregrounds grammar and skills practice more than 2400.)

2400 Conversation et composition

Note: At the present time (Academic Year 2013-14), 2400 is offered Autumn and Winter quarters only. Plan accordingly.

2000-Level Literature

Prerequisite for advanced literature seminars:

2500-Introduction to Literature

Note: At the present time (Academic Year 2013-14), 2500 is offered Winter and Spring quarters only. Plan accordingly.

Another 2000 literature course may be coming soon!

You may take as many of these 2000-level classes as you like.

2000-Level Culture

Any of these may serve as a prerequisites for advanced culture seminars:

  • 2010 Culture contemporaine

  • 2020 Langue, Culture, Film: L'Identité

  • 2021 Langue, Culture, Film:les français et leur histoire

  • 2022 Langue, Culture, Film: Paris – mythe et réalité

  • 2200 Le monde du travail

  • 2701 Sujets spéciaux

Advanced Courses with focus on language skills:

  • 3110 La Grammaire à l'oeuvre

  • 3150 L'art de la traduction

Before taking advanced language courses, students must take at least 2 courses above the level of 2003.

Advanced Culture Courses:

  • 3010 Civilisation française

  • 3020 Sujets spéciaux

Topics for sujets spéciaux vary, and have included Versailles, La France Occupée, and La Grande Guerre (14-18) dans la culture française

Advanced Literature Courses:

Seminars numbered at the 3000 level.

Topics vary, and have included L'Amour et la mort, Femmes auteures, Romantiques et réalistes, Lire la poésie, Masques du moi, ...etc.