The undergraduate French major brings an explicitly international focus to FAU’s excellence in undergraduate education. French Studies at FAU span the globe, providing students with essential knowledge needed to access not simply the culture of metropolitan France, but also the francophone cultures of the Caribbean, Canada, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and North Africa. The strong historical focus of the French major provides students with a clear understanding of the role played by French and francophone cultures in the context of the liberal arts and social sciences.
The backbone of the French major is advanced competency in the French language, and all but two of the major courses are taught in lingua. French majors therefore receive thorough grounding in French, initially through courses in advanced language and composition, and then with courses which focus on the culture, literature, and history of metropolitan France, with continuous elective offerings in such areas as "La Femme Médiévale" or "Caribbean Literature."
By completing the BA in French, students develop a significant understanding of the field. This competency allows students to enter a related career or advanced program of study upon graduation. Possible careers involving French include, but are by no means limited to: teaching, publishing, translation, interpreting, law, social work, medicine and business. Students earning a French major can also go on to earn an MA or a PhD in French, Comparative Literature, Teaching of French, Linguistics, or a related field.
Students take a minimum of 36/7 upper-division credits to earn the French major. The credits are divided up as follows: advanced language and composition (4 credits), literature and civilization (9 credits), research methods (3 credits), linguistics (6 credits), culture (3 credits), the Senior Seminar (3 credits), and three “elective” courses relating to French and Francophone Studies (9 credits).
The large number of electives relating to French Studies enables students to branch out into three different specializations or tracks within the major.
- Commercial French (for students planning careers in business and government) entails a core of two electives in "Le Français commercial" (FRE 3440/3442), culminating in the Commercial French examination offered by the Paris Chambre de Commerce each April. Non-native speakers are eligible to take this competitive exam; upon passing, they receive official certification of their French business skills. Additional electives include "The European Union: History, Culture, Institutions" (FOT 3511).
- Teaching (FAU certificate is phasing out but student can take specific education classes http://www.fau.edu/education/students/oass/documents/professionaledcourses.pdf and FLE4333 / Methods Teaching Foreign Language K-12 in addition to the major to qualify for Alternative Teacher Certification http://www.fau.edu/education/students/oass/alternativeteachercertification/)
- Pre-Professional http://fau.edu/artsandletters/llcl/honorsinthemajor/
New students who would like more information on these options should contact Professor Munson - CU 232J - at 561.297.2118 / firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment with LLCL Academic Advisor Anna Anoufrieva - CU 303 - email@example.com. Step by step instructions on how to schedule an advising appointment using the Success Network can be found here.
All majors are strongly encouraged to schedule academic advising at least once a semester with LLCL advisor and discuss their course selections each semester preferably in September and February before Advanced Registration begins in order to ensure timely progress toward the BA degree. Students can benefit from connecting with faculty by coming to office hours to explore research and career opportunities.
Double Major: Increasingly, many students are combining French with another field in a double major, such as Business-French, Biology-French, Communication-French, in order to open international possibilities in the student's primary field. To graduate with a double major, students must meet all the requirements for both majors and be sure that academic advisors in both departments are monitoring course work and progress toward the degree. For more information about double-majoring, please contact Professor Munson - CU 232J - at 561.297.2118 / firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment with LLCL Academic Advisor Anna Anoufrieva - CU 303 - email@example.com. Step by step instructions on how to schedule an advising appointment using the Success Network can be found here.