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French Major/Minor

Changes to the French Program

Effective Fall 2017, the French program updated course numbers and titles to more accurately describe course content and order of course requirements. The table below charts the changes.

Former Course Number and Title

Current Course Number and Title

FRE 300 Survey of French Literature I

FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I

FRE 301 Introduction to Literature

FRE 318 Introduction to French Literature

FRE 302 Survey of French Literature II

FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II

FRE 303 Survey of French Literature III

FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III

FRE 304 French Conversation

FRE 315 French Conversation

FRE 305 French Phonetics

FRE 331 French Phonetics

FRE 306 French Composition

FRE 317 Writing in French

FRE 307 Advanced French Grammar

FRE 316 Advanced French Grammar

FRE 308 French History and Civilization

FRE 341 French History and Civilization

FRE 310 Contemporary France

FRE 342 Contemporary French Culture and Society

FRE 312 Francophone Civilization

FRE 343 Francophone Civilization

FRE 314 Secondary Foreign Language Teaching Methods

FRE 334 Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

FRE 350 Business French

FRE 351 French Business

FRE 355 Introduction to French Linguistics

FRE 332 Introduction to French Linguistics

FRE 386 French Culture

FRE 386 French Culture Abroad

FRE 410 Medieval or Renaissance French Literature

FRE 421 Medieval French Literature

FRE 422 Renaissance French Literature

FRE 412 French Literature of the 17th or 18th Century

FRE 423 French Literature of the 17th Century

FRE 424 French Literature of the 18th Century

FRE 414 French Literature of the 19th Century

FRE 425 French Literature of the 19th Century

FRE 416 French Literature of the 20th Century

FRE 426 French Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries

FRE 420 Francophone Literatures and Cultures

FRE 427 Francophone Literatures and Cultures


Checklist for French Major (beginning Fall 2017, printed version)

Checklist for French Major (prior to Fall 2017)

 

Requirements for the FRENCH MAJOR

Required Courses Total of 36 credits required after successful completion of 202  (of AP/equivalent)

1. Core Curriculum (prerequisite to higher-level course, though students may begin taking higher-level courses the same semester the core is being completed)

  • FRE 315: French Conversation
  • FRE 316: Advanced French Grammar 
  • FRE 317: Writing in French (SWS)
  • FRE 318: Introduction to French Literature

2. AREAS: Literature, Linguistics, Civilization, and Global Competence- Choose ONE course in each Area (12 credits)

Literature

  • FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II
  • FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III

Linguistics

  • FRE 331 French Phonetics
  • FRE 332 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • FRE 333 Theory & Practice of Translation (Recommended: ENG 261 (Foundations of Language Study), ENG 363 (Applied Linguistics), and ENG 364 (Sociolinguistics))
 

Civilization

  • FRE 341 French History and Civilization
  • FRE 342 Contemporary France
  • FRE 343 Francophone Civilization (Recommended: HST 386 (Europe in the Age of Change and Global Integration) and HST 643 (The French Revolution) )

Global Competence

  • FRE 351 Business French
  • FRE 386 French Culture (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 395 Advanced Speaking Strategies

 

 

3. Elective Requirement: 3 elective courses from the list below, including at least one course at the 400 level.

  • FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II
  • FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III
  • FRE 331 French Phonetics
  • FRE 332 Intro. to French Linguistics
  • FRE 333 Translation - Theory & Practice  
  • FRE 341 French History and Civilization
  • FRE 342 Contemporary France
  • FRE 343 Francophone Civilization
  • FRE 351 Business French
  • FRE 380 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 385 French Language (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 386 French Culture (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 388 EUSA Paris-Language (Paris)
  • FRE 395 Advanced Speaking Strategies
  • FRE 399 Independent Study
  • FRE 421 Medieval French Literature
  • FRE 422 Renaissance French Literature
  • FRE 423 French Lit. of the 17th Century
  • FRE 424 French Literature of the 18th Century
  • FRE 425 French Literature of the 19th Century
  • FRE 426 French Lit. of the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • FRE 427 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRE 480 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 499 Independent Research
 

***Certain courses may be taken twice with different course content (i.e. FRE 380. FRE 480)

4. Capstone Couse Requirement 

  • FRE 495. Capstone 

STUDY ABROAD: All majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester or longer. 

 


Checklist for French Secondary Ed Major (beginning Fall 2017, printed version)

Checklist for French Major-Secondary Education (prior to Fall 2017)

 
 

Requirements for FRENCH MAJOR-Secondary Education

Required Courses Total of 39 credits required after successful completion of 202  (of AP/equivalent)

1. Core Curriculum (prerequisite to higher-level course, though students may begin taking higher-level courses the same semester the core is being completed)

  • FRE 315: French Conversation
  • FRE 316: Advanced French Grammar 
  • FRE 317: Writing in French (SWS)
  • FRE 318: Introduction to French Literature

2. AREAS: Literature, Civilization, and Global Competence- Choose ONE course in each Area (9 credits)

 

Literature

  • FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II
  • FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III

Civilization

  • FRE 341 French History and Civilization
  • FRE 342 Contemporary France
  • FRE 343 Francophone Civilization (Recommended: HST 386 (Europe in the Age of Change and Global Integration) and HST 643 (The French Revolution))

Global Competence

  • FRE 351 Business French
  • FRE 386 French Culture (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 395 Advanced Speaking Strategies

3. Secondary Education Requirements

  • FRE 331 French Phonetics
  • FRE 332 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • FRE 334 Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

4. Students seeking Secondary Teacher Certification must also complete the following

  • Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) - after completing all or most of FRE coursework
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI - Must achieve Advanced Low before student teaching) - Take as soon as possible after study abroad. Please see Prof Pettes Guikema for information and a practice interview before you go abroad. 

STUDY ABROAD is REQUIRED: French majors/minors interested in teacher certification are required to study abroad for at least one semester (12-15 credits at the 300 level) in a French language study abroad program. Program must be approved prior to study abroad by a faculty advisor in French and can be used to fulfill major requirement courses. This is applicable to students who start Fall 2014 and later. Students who are unable to complete the study abroad requirement will need to complete an alternative plan approved by a French advisor. Please meet with Professor Pettes Guikema as soon as possible to discuss your options.


Checklist for French Minor (beginning Fall 2017, printed version)

Checklist for French Minor (prior to Fall 2017)

 

Requirements for the FRENCH MINOR

Required courses. Total of 22 Credits

1. FRE 202 (Final Grade of C or better) - 4 Credits

2. Core Curriculum (Prerequisite to higher-level course, though students may begin taking higher-level courses the same semester the core is being completed.) - 12 Credits

  • FRE 315: French Conversation
  • FRE 316: Advanced French Grammar 
  • FRE 317: Writing in French (SWS)
  • FRE 318: Introduction to French Literature

3. Elective Requirement. Two elective courses at the 300 or 400-level. Successful completion of Core Curriculum required (Final Grade of C, not C-, or better) - 6 credits

  • FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II
  • FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III
  • FRE 331 French Phonetics
  • FRE 332 Intro. to French Linguistics
  • FRE 333 Translation - Theory & Practice  
  • FRE 341 French History and Civilization
  • FRE 342 Contemporary France
  • FRE 343 Francophone Civilization
  • FRE 351 Business French
  • FRE 380 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 385 French Language (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 386 French Culture (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 388 EUSA Paris-Language (Paris)
  • FRE 395 Advanced Speaking Strategies
  • FRE 399 Independent Study
  • FRE 421 Medieval French Literature
  • FRE 422 Renaissance French Literature
  • FRE 423 French Lit. of the 17th Century
  • FRE 424 French Literature of the 18th Century
  • FRE 425 French Literature of the 19th Century
  • FRE 426 French Lit. of the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • FRE 427 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRE 480 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 499 Independent Research

 

*** Certain courses may be taken twice with different course content (I.e. FRE 380, FRE 480)

STUDY ABROAD: All majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least 6 weeks. 


 

Requirements for the FRENCH MINOR - Secondary Education

Required Courses. Total of 24 credits. 

1. Core Curriculum (prerequisite to higher-level course, though students may begin taking higher-level courses the same semester the core is being completed.) - 12 Credits

  • FRE 315: French Conversation
  • FRE 316: Advanced French Grammar 
  • FRE 317: Writing in French (SWS)
  • FRE 318: Introduction to French Literature

2. Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy. Successful completion of Core Curriculum required (Final grade of C, not C-, or better) - 6 Credits

  • FRE 332 Introduction to French Linguistics 
  • FRE 334 Secondary Foreign Languages Teaching Methods 

3. Elective Requirement. Two elective course at the 300 or 400-level. Successful completion of Core Curriculum required (Final Grade of C, not C-, or better) - 6 credits

  • FRE 321 Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 322 Survey of French Literature II
  • FRE 323 Survey of French Literature III
  • FRE 331 French Phonetics
  • FRE 332 Intro. to French Linguistics
  • FRE 333 Translation - Theory & Practice  
  • FRE 341 French History and Civilization
  • FRE 342 Contemporary France
  • FRE 343 Francophone Civilization
  • FRE 351 Business French
  • FRE 380 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 385 French Language (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 386 French Culture (Study Abroad)
  • FRE 388 EUSA Paris-Language (Paris)
  • FRE 395 Advanced Speaking Strategies
  • FRE 399 Independent Study
  • FRE 421 Medieval French Literature
  • FRE 422 Renaissance French Literature
  • FRE 423 French Lit. of the 17th Century
  • FRE 424 French Literature of the 18th Century
  • FRE 425 French Literature of the 19th Century
  • FRE 426 French Lit. of the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • FRE 427 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRE 480 Special Topics in French
  • FRE 499 Independent Research

 

*** Certain courses may be taken twice with different course content (I.e. FRE 380, FRE 480)

4. Students seeking Secondary Teacher Certification must also complete the following

  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI - Must achieve Advanced Low before student teaching) - Take as soon as possible after study abroad. Please see Prof Pettes Guikema for information and a practice interview before you go abroad. 
  • The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) must be taken after all or most of major coursework is completed. Please see Prof Pettes Guikema prior to registering for the test

STUDY ABROAD is REQUIRED: French majors/minors interested in teacher certification are required to study abroad for at least one semester (12-15 credits at the 300 level) in a French language study abroad program. Program must be approved prior to study abroad by a faculty advisor in French and can be used to fulfill minor requirement courses. This is applicable to students who start Fall 2014 and later. Students who are unable to complete the study abroad requirement will need to complete an alternative plan approved by a French advisor. Please meet with Professor Pettes Guikema as soon as possible to discuss your options.