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 in their overall program and make special note of the LLC 791 requirement (which does not count toward completion of a major in French). Internships and double or dual majors are strongly encouraged as they enhance the value of the course work done by majors. Students are urged to consult with members of the French faculty and with other appropriate departments early in their studies to explore these options.
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.
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. After declaring a French major, students are expected to enroll in at least one French course each semester. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus. One course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French or Francophone literature.
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.
Majors are required to spend at least one semester in a French-speaking country. The department offers a UNH-managed program at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France (see FREN 690). This program spans either the fall or spring semester or the entire academic year and is open to all qualified UNH students who have completed, with a grade of B- or better, FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652 by the end of the semester preceding their departure. Early consultation with the director of the program is urged. Non-credit orientation meetings are required during the semester prior to departure. It is also possible to study in another French-speaking country through a program approved by the Center of International Education.
Summer Study in Dijion
For French double majors unable to spend a semester abroad for documented reasons we offer an eight weeks of intensive French literature, culture, and civilization courses at the CIEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises) in Dijon, France (FREN 691). Students must have completed, with a grade of B- or better, FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652. By petition only.
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.
Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, students may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.
Graduating with Honors
Students with a 3.25 GPA overall and in their major are eligible to work for honors in the major. Requirements include at least one French course for honors (H) at the 600-level, two such courses at the 700-level, and a senior honors thesis (two semesters of FREN 799). Learn more
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