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French and Francophone Studies Major

Effective Fall 2019

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

FRENCH 230 or 232, or RCLANG 290 or 310, with a grade of C- or higher; or assignment by placement test.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 33

FRENCH 235 and a minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. A maximum of two courses in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 18 of the required 33 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. Majors must take one of the following courses in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus: FRENCH 340-379, 391-392, 402, 450-499.

Residential College students may substitute RCLANG 320 for FRENCH 235. Students who complete a second and/or a third RCLANG 320 course will receive major credit for a French elective at the 270 level.

To ensure that French majors and minors gain a broad range of knowledge in the French language, literature, and culture, a maximum of nine credits from FRENCH 380, 381, and 414 as well as any of their equivalents accepted as transfer and/or study abroad credit can count toward the major or minor.

French majors are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department and to consider the possibility of studying abroad.

Students pursuing graduate studies in French should be aware that most graduate programs expect substantial preparation in literature. For this reason, students interested in earning a graduate degree in French should give particular consideration, in choosing their courses, to FRENCH 270-274, 362-369, 378, and 400-level courses in literature and culture.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll).  A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all French and Francophone courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French.  The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

French and Francophone Studies Honors majors are required to complete 36 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements:

All regular French major requirements must be completed (33 credits) with 3 additional credits at the 300 level or above.  6 of the required 36 credits will consist of French 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student's senior year. 

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

 Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in FRENCH 491.  In the following academic term the student will enroll in FRENCH 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

 

 

Teaching Certificate

Students who are interested in learning more about pursuing Teacher Education should contact Dr. Maria Coolican. For further information about teacher certification options in the School of Education, please review the Teacher Certification Options. To review the specific courses that are required for the various teaching majors, please see the Teaching Major and Minor Requirements.

French and Francophone Studies (Major) (Fall 2017 - Summer 2019)

Effective Fall 2017

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

FRENCH 230 or 232 with a grade of C- or higher; or RCLANG 290 or 310, or assignment by placement test.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 33

FRENCH 235 and a minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. A maximum of two courses in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 18 of the required 33 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.. Majors must take one of the following courses in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus: FRENCH 340-379, 391-392, 402, 450-499.

To ensure that French majors and minors gain a broad range of knowledge in the French language, literature, and culture, a maximum of nine credits from FRENCH 380, 381, and 414 as well as any of their equivalents accepted as transfer and/or study abroad credit can count toward the major or minor.

French majors are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department and to consider the possibility of studying abroad.

Students pursuing graduate studies in French should be aware that most graduate programs expect substantial preparation in literature. For this reason, students interested in earning a graduate degree in French should give particular consideration, in choosing their courses, to FRENCH 270-274, 362-369, 378, and 400-level courses in literature and culture.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll).  A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all French and Francophone courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French.  The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

French and Francophone Studies Honors majors are required to complete 36 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements:

All regular French major requirements must be completed (33 credits) with 3 additional credits at the 300 level or above.  6 of the required 36 credits will consist of French 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student's senior year. 

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

 Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in FRENCH 491.  In the following academic term the student will enroll in FRENCH 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

 

 

Teaching Certificate

Major Requirements in French and Francophone Studies for Students Preparing Teacher Certification.

Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should consult the website of the School of Education.  

FRENCH 235 and a minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above.  Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent.  FRENCH 333, 335, and 438 are required (438 must be elected as EDCURINS 456 and will not count in the 30 credits).  Only one course in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites.  A minimum of 18 of the required 33 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

French and Francophone Studies (Major) (Winter 2017 - Summer 2017)

Effective Winter 2017

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

FRENCH 230 or 232 with a grade of C- or higher; or RCLANG or 310, or assignment by placement test.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 33

FRENCH 235 and a minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. A maximum of two courses in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 15 of the required 33 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.. Majors must take one of the following courses in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus: FRENCH 340-379, 391-392, 402, 450-499.

To ensure that French majors and minors gain a broad range of knowledge in the French language, literature, and culture, a maximum of nine credits from FRENCH 380, 381, and 414 as well as any of their equivalents accepted as transfer and/or study abroad credit can count toward the major or minor.

French majors are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department and to consider the possibility of studying abroad.

Students pursuing graduate studies in French should be aware that most graduate programs expect substantial preparation in literature. For this reason, students interested in earning a graduate degree in French should give particular consideration, in choosing their courses, to FRENCH 270-274, 362-369, 378, and 400-level courses in literature and culture.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following participation in a junior year in France program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

The normal requirements for the major in French and Francophone Studies must be completed along with the following:

  1. Three additional credits in French and Francophone Studies at the level of 300 or above;
  2. Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages; and
  3. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all French and Francophone courses is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French. Intending students should contact the Honors advisor toward the end of their junior year, and fill out an application form. Upon admission, they enroll in FRENCH 491 and 492: Senior Honors I and II, usually in both terms of their senior year, writing their thesis under the supervision of a member of the professional staff.

Teaching Certificate

Major Requirements in French and Francophone Studies for Students Preparing Teacher Certification.

Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should consult the website of the School of Education.  

FRENCH 235 and a minimum of 33 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above.  Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent.  FRENCH 333, 335, and 438 are required (438 must be elected as EDCURINS 456 and will not count in the 30 credits).  Only one course in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites.  A minimum of 18 of the required 33 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

French and Francophone Studies major (Winter 2012 - Fall 2016)

Effective Date: Winter 2012

Major in French allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the French language and basic familiarity with French and Francophone cultures and literatures.

Prerequisites to the Major

FRENCH 235.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. A maximum of two courses in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.. Majors must take one of the following courses in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus: FRENCH 340-379, 391-392, 402, 450-499.

To ensure that French majors and minors gain a broad range of knowledge in the French language, literature, and culture, a maximum of nine credits from FRENCH 380, 381, and 414 as well as any of their equivalents accepted as transfer and/or study abroad credit can count toward the major or minor.

French majors are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department and to consider the possibility of studying at the year abroad program in Aix.

Students pursuing graduate studies in French should be aware that most graduate programs expect substantial preparation in literature. For this reason, students interested in earning a graduate degree in French should give particular consideration, in choosing their courses, to FRENCH 270-274, 362-369, 378, and 400-level courses in literature and culture.

Honors Plan

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following participation in a junior year in France program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

The normal requirements for the major in French and Francophone Studies must be completed along with the following:

  1. Three additional credits in French and Francophone Studies at the level of 300 or above;
  2. Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages; and
  3. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all French and Francophone courses is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French. Intending students should contact the Honors advisor toward the end of their junior year, and fill out an application form. Upon admission, they enroll in FRENCH 491 and 492, Senior Honors I and II, usually in both terms of their senior year, writing their thesis under the supervision of a member of the professional staff.

Major Requirements in French and Francophone Studies for Students Preparing Teacher Certification. Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about teaching certificate requirements, which appears under the Teacher Certification Program in this Bulletin .

A minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered FRENCH 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. FRENCH 333, 335, and 438 are required (438 must be elected as EDCURINS 456 and will not count in the 30 credits). Only one course in the major may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.