French

The French program provides a firm foundation of skills and knowledge in French language and Francophone culture. Still one of the most widely spoken and studied languages on the world stage, French opens the doors to international organizations that always include it as a working language, to African nations and work with NGOs, and to Canada (Québec). Students with previous study in French will take the French New Student Assessment in order to begin at the appropriate course level. All French majors are encouraged to participate in a year, semester, or summer study program in a French-speaking country. Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the required courses, on the recommendation of the French faculty and with the approval of the French Program Chair and the Registrar.

The Modern Language faculty encourages students to double major or minor in fields in the fine arts, business, communication, education, English, history, political science, international relations, math, science or other languages. Faculty advisors provide counsel on graduation requirements, overseas programs, jobs, and graduate study. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the beginning of their sophomore year. In addition to the courses below, the major includes an integrative experience and a workplace experience.

Student learning outcomes for the French major are for the student to be able to:

I. speak confidently at an intermediate high to advanced low level (ACTFL scale) in French, with a mindfulness to register, context, and cultural norms.
II. communicate in a variety of written forms in French at an intermediate high to advanced low level (ACTFL scale), including research writing, creative writing, and interpersonal communication.
III. understand Francophone peoples and cultures through readings and research in primary and secondary sources, comparisons with other cultures, and the impact of historical events on current events.
IV. demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of literature in French and its reflection of historical contexts and societal norms and shifts, as well as proper literary citation in MLA style.
V. develop additional depth and breadth of knowledge in literature, culture, or language for special purposes.
VI. explore areas related to Francophone culture, history, or literature through another discipline.

 

The requirements for the French major and the goal that each fulfills are as follows:

I. *FRN 211 Intermediate French I - 3 hours
FRN 212 Intermediate French II - 3 hours
FRN 303 Advanced French Conversation - 3 hours
FRN 350 French Phonetics - 3 hours
 
II. FRN 318 Advanced Composition - 3 hours
FRN 475 Portfolio Presentation - 1 hour
 
III. FRN 305 French Civilization to the Revolution
Or FRN 306 French and Francophone Civilization after 1800 - 3 hours
 
IV. FRN 367 Survey of French Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century - 3 hours
FRN 368 Survey of French Literature: 19th and 20 th Centuries - 3 hours
 
V. Choose 2 courses (6 hours) from the following
FRN 305 French Civilization to the Revolution (if not taken in section III) - 3 hours
FRN 306 French and Francophone Civilization after 1800 (if not taken in section III) - 3 hours
FRN 327 Business French - 3 hours
FRN 396 Special Topics in French - 3 hours
FRN 451 Directed Independent Study - 3 hours
 
VI. Choose one course from the following (3 hours)
ARH 326 Art of the Middle Ages - 3 hours
ENG 210 Introduction to Literary Criticism - 3 hours
HIS 267 Women in World History - 3 hours
HIS 305 Empires and Diaspora - 3 hours
HIS 323 20th-century Genocide - 3 hours
HIS 342 Modern Europe - 3 hours
HIS/POL 348 Terror and Terrorism in the Modern World - 3 hours
PHI/REL 306 Seminar in Ancient or Medieval Thought - 3 hours
POL 230 International Relations - 3 hours
POL 326 European Politics - 3 hours
POL 342 International Organizations - 3 hours
REL 212 The Abrahamic Traditions - 3 hours

 

Integrative Experience. French majors will be required to submit a substantial senior Abrahamic and give an oral presentation of their research in order to satisfy their integrative experience requirement. A student must choose an integrative experience advisor from the Modern Language Faculty and begin developing her portfolio as soon as she has declared her major. The student is expected to have regularly scheduled meetings with her advisor and submit ongoing evidence of the progress she is making toward completing her portfolio project. Following the guidelines set up by the Modern Language Department, the student will engage in portfolio-building activities in all her upper-level French courses. Formal presentation of the ePortfolio, however, will occur in ePortfolio 475. The senior portfolio will be interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to reflecting on the courses that she has taken in her major, the student will also be asked to show the connections between these courses and her courses outside the French major.

Professional Development: Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete a PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and submit a PDE 401 Professional ePortfolio prior to graduation. Students who major in French satisfy the professional development component of the General Education requirement by including a description of one of the following experiences as a section of the integrative experience portfolio: an internship taken as FRN 452 Field Study, a summer employment experience, volunteer work, or any other comparable work experience deemed acceptable to the Modern Language Department.

Minor Requirements: French. A minor in French consists of a minimum of 18 hours distributed as follows:

*FRN 211 Intermediate French I - 3 hours
FRN 212 Intermediate French II - 3 hours
FRN 350 French Phonetics
OR
FRN 303 Advanced Conversation - 3 hours
FRN 318 Advanced Composition - 3 hours
FRN 305 French Civilization to the Revolution
OR
FRN 306 French and Francophone Civilization after 1800
OR
FRN 327 Business French - 3 hours

One additional literature course in French at or above the 300 level - 3 hours

*Students who place above proficiency level may earn credit for language courses at or above the intermediate level by passing the appropriate departmental challenge examinations. Students who place beyond FRN 211 must take sufficient upper-level courses to earn 34 hours for the major and 18 hours for the minor.

Resources for Non-Majors. French courses are open to all students based on the level of placement. Students are encouraged to take subsequent courses as they meet the prerequisites. French courses provide an excellent complement to all majors.

Postgraduate Opportunities. Students who major in French often go on to jobs in fields such as international business, foreign service, education, translation/interpretation and journalism, or to graduate study in French, Romance languages, linguistics, the teaching of English as a foreign language, foreign relations, international law, or medicine.

*Students who place above proficiency level may earn credit for language courses at or above the intermediate level by passing the appropriate departmental challenge examinations. Students who place beyond FRN 211 must take sufficient upper-level courses to earn 34 hours for the major and 18 hours for the minor.

French (FRN) Gen. Ed. Course Description

211: Intermediate French I.
Goal: To continue the development of speaking, reading, listening and writing in French.
Content: Emphasis on comprehension and analysis of a variety of texts in order to understand the impact of historical events on current Francophone countries, and to explore potential solutions to challenges facing them.
Taught: Fall.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Historical Events & Phenomena, (HUM).
Prerequisite: FRN102 or equivalent placement.
Credit: 3 hours.

 

French (FRN) Other Course Descriptions

101, 102: Elementary French I, II.
Goal: To teach students to speak, understand, read, and write French.
Content: Subjects used for learning the four basic skills include French culture and everyday situations.
Taught: FRN 101, Fall; FRN 102, Spring.
Prerequisite: FRN 101 or equivalent for FRN 102.
Credit: 3, 3 hours (Students must earn grades of C or better in these courses to fulfill the modern foreign language proficiency requirement).

212: Intermediate French II.
Goal:
To solidify and add more precision to skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in French to prepare students for 300 level courses.
Content: Emphasis on grammar usage, writing, and conversation while continuing to explore the French-speaking world.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: 211 or placement by the department.
Credit: 3 hours.

303: Advanced French Conversation.
Goal: To improve French speaking and listening skills.
Content:The goal of this course is to offer students as much time speaking French as possible. This goal may be met through activities such as debates, discussions of films, news articles, and culture, student presentations, role play, drama.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisites: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents.
Credit: 3 hours.

305: French Civilization to the Revolution.
Goal: To introduce students to French civilization through the beginnings of the Revolution in 1789.
Content: From the tumultuous rivalries of warring principalities to the fall of the monarchy, this course explores French history, culture, art, politics, and influence.
Prerequisites: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents, and permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

306: French and Francophone Civilization after 1800.
Goal: To introduce students to modern French history and culture.
Content: FRN 211 and 212 or equivalents, and permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

318: Advanced Composition.
Goal: To refine writing skills and to enrich vocabulary, emphasizing grammar.
Content: Topics relating to French culture and literature. Weekly writing assignments, translation, and advanced reading.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

327: Business French.
Goal: To provide students with the vocabulary needed to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to transact daily business operations in French. To help students become better prepared for the ever-increasing demands of the growing international market.
Content: The course combines practical language with the study of French business terminology. Emphasis is on conversation and business transactions such as preparing commercial correspondence, reading and writing and translating contracts and other related documents in French.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: FRN 318 or equivalent and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

350: French Phonetics.
Goal: To improve French pronunciation by studying the International Phonetic Alphabet, learning pronunciation rules, and practicing in and out of class.
Content: Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to transcribe French and read transcription of French in order to practice and improve pronunciation. Additionally, students will practice phrasing, intonation, liaison, and accentuation.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisite: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents, and one 300-level French course or permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

367: Survey of French Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century.
Goal: To acquaint students with French literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, with special attention to historical conditions and to the development of literary thought and genres.
Content: Poetry, drama, and prose. Selections from major authors such as Marie de France, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Moliere, Isabelle de Charriere, and Voltaire.
Prerequisites: FRN 318 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

368: Survey of French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries.
Goal: To acquaint students with the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries from both France and Francophone regions such as Quebec, West Africa, and the French Carribean.
Content: Poetry, drama, and prose. Selections from major authors such as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Eugene Ionesco, Gustave Flaubert, Anne Hebert, Andre Breton, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maryse Conde.
Prerequisites: FRN 318 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

396: Special Topics in French.
Goal: To allow students to concentrate on a particular area of language or literature.
Content: Varied.
Taught: Occasionally.
Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.

451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide additional advanced work in French language or literature.
Content: Varied, according to course taught.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty. .
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the program director. Open to advanced students.
Credit: 1-6 hours

452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To provide practical experience in the field.
Content: A wide range of cultural, and social events; intensive French at the appropriate level in accordance with student ability and background.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

475: Portfolio Presentation.
Goal: To provide a capstone experience for French majors in which students construct and present a senior ePortfolio to document their integrative experience.
Content: Students will use the completed portfolio and subsequent oral presentation to reflect upon the interdisciplinary nature of their course of study. The final step in the process will be to submit the completed ePortfolio to the Modern Foreign Language faculty for evaluation and assessment of the student's integrative experience.
Taught: Spring.
Credit: 1 hour.

499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required)
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