French Major - Bachelor of Arts
Students who major or minor in French or French studies are expected to perfect their communications skills, to explore works of imaginative literature in French, and to learn about other dimensions of historical and contemporary civilization and culture in one or more French-speaking countries. The French major provides knowledge of the language, literature, and culture of France and other French-speaking countries around the world.
The program's emphasis on how to read critically and how to write and speak effectively is excellent preparation for graduate study and for many careers (such as business, international relations, law, foreign service, or teaching). Students considering a career in teaching should consult with the Department of Education. In addition, they should include LING 405 (which also satisfies a Discovery social science category requirement and a general education group 7 requirement) in their overall program and make special note of the LLC 791 requirement (which does not count toward completion of a major in French). Students interested in other types of careers are urged to consult with members of the French faculty and with other appropriate departments early in their studies.
Majors are required to spend one semester in a French-speaking country in a CIE approved program. Internships, and double or dual majors enhance the value of the course work done by majors and minors and are strongly encouraged.
Students may also graduate with honors in the major providing they complete the necessary courses and a senior thesis in French. Students will be expected to enroll in at least one French course each semester they are majors. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus.
A major consists of 40 credits in courses numbered 631 or above, in which readings are in French. Coursework for the French major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Core Courses (5 courses/20 credits)
These courses must be taken at the Durham campus.
|FREN 631||Advanced French Conversation and |
|FREN 632||Advanced French Conversation and |
|FREN 651||Readings in French Literature||4|
|FREN 652||Readings in French Literature||4|
|FREN 790*||Advanced Language and Style||4|
*FREN 790 fulfills the Discovery Program Capstone Requirement.
Elective Courses (5 courses/20 credits)
Five additional courses, at least two of which must be 700-level literature courses taken at the Durham campus.
Students are required to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The year-long UNH Junior Year in the Dijon Program is highly recommended. Only in exceptional circumstances will a student be able to attend a non-UNH program. Such an option will need to be carefully considered with a major adviser.
Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program.
Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.
To complement their major, students are strongly encouraged to take either HIST 647 or 648 and courses in the literature of other countries as well as in fields such as music, art, philosophy, history, political science, and sociology that provide insight into nonliterary aspects of culture.