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College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French (B.A.)


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*This program may not be declared after January 11, 2021.

Student Learning Outcomes for French:

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate (speak and comprehend) at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write a research project in French focused on reading primary and secondary sources in French.

  • Use appropriately and explain most grammatical structures of the French language.

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the perspectives and products of the cultures studied in themselves and in comparison with their own culture.

  • Read, analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of themes, characters, structure, style, and overall textual strategies, and situate those texts in their cultural contexts.

French majors must complete a minimum of 20 credits (four courses) in residency (200-level or above) and a minimum of 15 credits over two semesters in an approved study-abroad program.

In exceptional cases, certain double majors who can prove that they cannot otherwise satisfy all requirements of both majors may apply for an exception of one semester for the full-year study-abroad requirement. Any double majors granted this exception still must obtain a minimum oral proficiency rating of Advanced.

A minimum of 15 credits must be completed during a one-year (two-semester) study-abroad experience.


Students must complete courses at the 300 (advanced) level or above that include one conversation and composition in French; one French phonetics; one French history, art or culture; one French literature; and one French elective. After completing the required course work, majors must take an oral interview on campus and receive a minimum rating of advanced.

Notes:


Students with more than two years of French must take the online language placement exam before registering in a language course for academic credit, unless the student begins a new language. Students are not allowed to take FR 111  if they have completed high school level 3 or higher.

Language Incentive Placement Policy: Students who place into a modern language course at the 211-level or higher and earn a B- or better are eligible to receive credit for the previous course in the sequence.

Language Placement Policy


Language majors are required to participate in a BCA Study Abroad or another School-approved program for one academic year or equivalent of two separate semesters. Non-majors who have completed 212 or above also are encouraged to participate in the BCA or approved study-abroad programs.

All students with more than two full years of language preparation must take courses at the 112-level or above. The appropriate language level is determined by an online placement test. In the case of Japanese placement, students must contact the Japanese faculty.

If a student places into a modern language course at the 211-level or higher and earns a B- or better, then he or she will also receive credit for the previous course in the sequence. The course must be taken before the end of the student’s second year. This policy is not applicable to native speakers who were formally educated in the language through the high school level.

Native and heritage speakers must contact their advisor if they plan to take courses in their native or heritage language.

For further information, please consult your advisor or the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

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