In the French program students learn the language and culture of the French-speaking world. The 100- and 200-level courses focus on how to function within a French-speaking environment, through appropriate language use and cross-cultural understanding. Courses numbered FREN 303-FREN 315 designed to be taken before off-campus study in a French-speaking program and those numbered FREN 351-FREN 355 to be taken after return from off-campus study.
The upper-level courses emphasize area studies. Interdisciplinary in scope, they focus on the culture of a particular area or time period and examine the relevant literature as well as social issues, artistic movements, political change, religious influences and film.
The intent is to prepare students for international careers in which they will draw on their communication skills in French, and on their understanding of the history and culture of the French-speaking world.
The Specific Requirements for the Major Are:
A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the major.
All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade.
Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of MLAC 110.
Study abroad in an approved off-campus program. (If individual situations prevent this, the student should speak with the department chair.)
A Minimum of Eight Units at the 201-level or Higher, Including:
(See detailed description of requirements for major above.)