French

French, B.A. and minor

Our program prepares students to be proficient in French and the cultures of French speaking populations. We teach to listen, speak, read, write, and analyze the language while providing college level knowledge of its literature and the arts. Our classes foster transcultural understanding as the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.

  • Is French Right for You?

    You will benefit from majoring (or minoring) in French if you

    • Plan to become a doctor, lawyer, business person, college professor, or journalist
    • Would like to work or volunteer in a French speaking community abroad
    • Learned French at home and want to develop your skills professionally and academically
    • Are interested in the culture of French speaking populations abroad
  • Learning Outcomes

    Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed through a Senior Capstone Project (FREN 4990), which consists of a portfolio during the last semester of the senior year. The portfolio is a collection of multiple samples usually compiled over time accompanied by a personal reflection essay, which would show that the student has met the objectives of the French program.

    Majors in French will know:

    • The variety and nature of linguistic practices of French-speaking populations
    • The variety and nature of cultural texts of French-speaking populations
    • The variety and nature of cultural perspectives in the Francophone world at large
    • The representative literary works and cultural texts of Francophone cultures and civilizations, and other diasporic French-speaking populations
    • The principal aspects of cultural expressions such as literature, art, social practices, gender, and media of the Francophone world at large
    • Theoretical terminology and concepts essential to analyze literary and cultural products.

    Majors in French will be able to:

    • Understand spoken French at the appropriate level
    • Speak French at the appropriate level
    • Read French at the appropriate level
    • Write French at the appropriate level
    • Use acquired theoretical and critical skills to textual analysis and scholarly research
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of literary works developed by French-speaking populations
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of cultural works developed by French-speaking populations
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of linguistic varieties developed by French-speaking populations.

    Majors in French will demonstrate an appreciation for:

    • The evolution and variety of perspectives in French-speaking cultures
    • The mission of our University
    • Transcultural similarities and differences.
  • Major Requirements

    Lower Division Requirements

    12 semester hours in lower division courses:

    • FREN 2101 French 1 4 semester hours
    • FREN 2102 French 2 4 semester hours
    • FREN 2103 French 3 4 semester hours

    Note: These requirements may be waived or modified based upon proficiency demonstrated on the LMU French Placement Examination. For majors, a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all pre-major courses.

    Upper Division Requirements

    26 semester hours in upper division courses:

    • FREN 3104 Mastery of French 4 semester hours
    • FREN 3240 History of Ideas 4 semester hours
    • FREN 3450 Stylistics and Translation 4 semester hours 
    • FREN 3850 Writing Workshop in French 4 semester hours 
    • Two (2) courses in the 4000-level series 8 semester hours 
    • FREN 4990 Senior Capstone Project 2 semester hours 

    Note: A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be maintained in all upper division courses.

    For more information, see the LMU Bulletin.

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  • Minor Requirements

    16 semester hours taken beyond FREN 2103:

    • FREN 3104 Mastery of French 4 semester hours
    • FREN 3240 History of Ideas 4 semester hours 
    • FREN 3450 Stylistics and Translation 4 semester hours or 
    • One (1) course in the 4000-level series (elective) 4 semester hours 
    • FREN 3850 Writing Workshop in French 4 semester hours 

    Note: The FREN 2101, FREN 2102, FREN 2103, and FREN 3104 series is recommended for those who seek basic proficiency in the language. This series requires attendance of a one hour weekly language lab.

  • Spring 2018 Course Descriptions
  • Fall 2017 Course Descriptions
  • Courses Offered

    See all French courses offered in the LMU Bulletin.