B.A. in French Studies

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DESCRIPTION

The undergraduate major in French (FREN) is centered on the study of the French language and the literatures and cultures of the French and Francophone people. Our faculty members teach a wide variety of courses in culture, literature, linguistics, stylistics, cinema, civilization, contemporary France, and women's studies.

Students who complete the requirements for the major can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand French at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers, to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the French-speaking world, and to be culturally sensitive members of society.

Students of French have the option of living in the Language House Living and Learning Program. University faculty-led programs in Nice (semester or year-long) and Montpellier (summer) are offered by the Department, and all students majoring in French are encouraged to participate in either or both of these programs as an integral part of their curriculum. Students may also consider a double major in French and another discipline, such as arts and humanities majors, business, international relations, economics, or journalism.

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

Core sequence (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.
  • 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.

Translation (3 credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FREN 302

Translation: French to English

3

FREN 301

FREN 303

Translation: English to French

3

FREN 301

Advanced Language and Culture Courses (3 credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FREN 311

Advanced Oral Expression

3

FREN 250

FREN 312

France Today

3

FREN 301

FREN 399

Resident Director in Nice/Montpellier Course

3

 

Literature & Advanced Writing in French (9 credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

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 387

Critical Writing on France and the French-Speaking World

3

FREN 301

Plus 4 additional 400-level courses in literature, linguistics, film and culture, of which only one may be in English (12 credits)

**We strongly urge students to take FREN 387 BEFORE any other 400 level culture/lit/film course.** 

 See TESTUDO for the current list of FREN course offerings. Examples of recent courses include:

FREN 498L: Secrets and Lies in Medieval and Early Modern France.  Ce cours aborde la théorie et la représentation du mensonge dans les lettres françaises du Moyen âge au 17e siècle.
 
FREN 499I French Images of America.  Ce cours propose un survol de l’histoire des images de l’Amérique dans les lettres françaises du 16e au 20e siècle.

FREN421/FILM421: African “Francophone Film”, from 1960 to the present (taught in English) This course concentrates on the socio-cultural, economic and historical issues raised in films by African filmmakers from countries formerly colonized by France. 
 
FREN488v: Francophone Literature and Film (Taught in French) is a lecture and discussion course on the historical evolution of Francophone literature and film of sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and the Caribbean.   
 
FREN498G: Gender and Identity in Film and Literature of the French-Speaking World (Taught in French) This course encourages students to engage with a wide variety of films and texts in order to explore the construction of gender, ethnicity and identities in France and the French-speaking world."

Notes:

  • While many courses are not open to fluent or native speakers of French, others may be. Please talk to the program advisor before registering.
  • Depending on placement, students studying for a semester in the Maryland-in-Nice program may earn up to 18 credits toward the completion of the major; students studying in Nice for the academic year may earn up to 33 credits.
  • All majors returning from study abroad must take one 400 level course taught in French before graduating.

STUDY ABROAD

The French program offers two French study abroad opportunities guided by a University of Maryland resident director : Maryland-in-Nice and Maryland-in-Montpellier.

DECLARING A FRENCH MAJOR

We recommend that interested students declare their major as early as possible

Step 1

Carefully read FREN major Requirements

Step 2

Read through all information carefully, and pencil in a sequence of courses to discuss with the program advisor, Dr. Erica Cefalo (emcefalo@umd.edu).

Step 3

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities (301-405-2108) to make an appointment to discuss the non-French aspects of your 4-Year plan (bring signed form from previous step), including CORE courses. Walk-in hours are also available.

Step 4

If you are adding French as an additional major, check with your home department and college to identify paperwork you may need to complete.

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.