French Studies Minor

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DESCRIPTION

The 18-credit French Studies Major provides an overview of the linguistic, cultural, and literary aspects of French. 

REQUIREMENTS (See TESTUDO for the current list of FREN course offerings)

All students new to SLLC courses must take the online Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) before registering for classes.

Prerequisite Courses

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FREN 103

Intensive Elementary French

4

None

FREN 203

Intensive Intermediate French

4

FREN 103

Note: Students with prior experience in French may satisfy these prerequisites by placement in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.

Grammar and Composition (9 credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FREN 204

French Grammar and Composition

3

FREN 201 or FREN 203

FREN 250

Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis

3

FREN 204

FREN 301

Composition and Style

3

FREN 250

Notes:

  • Students with prior experience in French may satisfy language acquisition requirements by placement in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.
  • Advanced students may substitute 300- or 400- level electives for FREN 204, FREN 250, or FREN 301 in consultation with the Advisor
  • Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially, i.e., 103, 203, 204, 250, etc. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.
  • Students can satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement by taking the appropriate French language course sequence (103>203), or by taking a higher level French course.

Additional Courses (9 credits): Students may choose two 300 level courses and one 400 level course.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FREN 302

Translation: French to English

3

FREN 301

FREN 303

Translation: English to French

3

FREN 301

FREN 311

Advanced Oral Expression

3

FREN 250

FREN 312

France Today

3

FREN 301

FREN 351

From Romanticism to the Age of Modernism and Beyond

3

FREN 301

FREN 352

From the Age of Epic and Romance to the Enlightenment

3

FREN 301

FREN 399

Maryland-in-Montpellier or Nice

3

FREN 203

Any FREN 400-level course/s in literature, linguistics, film, and culture

Notes:

  • Minors receive credit for FREN 302 *or* FREN 303 but not both.
  • Minors receive credit for FREN 311 *or* FREN 312 but not both.
  • For students who participate in Maryland-in-Nice or Maryland-in-Montpellier, FREN 399 counts as one 3 credit upper level elective towards the minor.
  • All pre-requisites imply "or equivalent knowledge." In cases of equivalent knowledge, required language-focus credits are replaced with the written approval of the Undergraduate Advisor or the Program Director. In order to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, students are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Assessment (FLPA).
  • Most content courses taught in French are not open to fluent or native speakers of French.
  • One 400-level course is required for the completion of the minor in French studies.
  • All courses must be taught in French.
  • A maximum of 6 credits can be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions, with the exception of Maryland in Nice, which allows the transfer of 9 credits.

DECLARING A FRENCH STUDIES MINOR

To explore or declare a minor, please fill out and submit the online contact form.

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Advisor: Dr Erica Cefalo
Office: 3106G Jiménez
Email: emcefalo@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-4032

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.