Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
A major in French Studies allows students to immerse themselves in the study of language spoken in over 40 countries; the cultural diversity of the major, with opportunities for internships and study abroad, offers our students global experience of almost limitless possibility.
The influence of French thought and culture on America is rich and varied, and this major engages students with that variety. A concentration in French language, culture, and professional and social practices is one option as well within the International Business major, and speaks to the value and importance of cultural sensitivity and awareness for success in the global economy.
French is spoken natively, or as a language of culture and administration, in 45 countries. French is thus a language that can put students and professionals in touch with an unusually diverse linguistic community found all over the world. Alongside English, French is the official language of such international organizations as the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross. Historically, France and the French language have had an important influence over American society. French thought continues to shape America today through various intellectual currents, for example post-structuralism and post-modernism. Recently, Lake Erie College students have planned and completed innovative study abroad and internship experiences in France. The courses in the major and minor help to develop not only communication skills, but a strong foundation in the cultural diversity called Francophonie. Students might want to consider a primary or secondary major or a minor in French to enhance their employment opportunities or to increase their chances of being accepted into fine graduate programs. Francophone countries have a rich cultural heritage; it is rewarding to be able to understand such thinkers, poets, musicians and scientists as Moliere, Cezanne, Simone de Beauvoir, Descartes, Frantz Fanon, Jules Verne, C.F. Ramuz and Debussy in their native language.
Requirements for this Major:
40 semester credits including:
- FR 102 Beginning French II (4 SH)
- FR 201 Intermediate French (4 SH)
- FR 220 French Conversation (4 SH)
- FR 302 French Phonetics and Pronunciation (1 SH)
- FR 311 French Composition (3 SH)
- FR 320 Francophone Literatures and Cultures (3 SH)
- FR 490 Senior Research Project (4 SH)
and 17 semester credits from the following:
- FR 210 Studies in Francophone Contemporary Cultures (4 SH)
- FR 301 French for the Professional Environment (4 SH)
- FR 350 Internship in French (1-5 SH)
- FR 401 Translation Studies in French (3 SH)
- FR 402 Francophone Intellectual History (3 SH)
- FR 410 Francophone Literatures in English Translation (3 SH)
- FR 411 Francophone Women Writers and Filmakers (3 SH)
- FR 420 Francophone Visual Arts, Music, Architecture (3 SH)
- FR 421 Francophone Cinema (3 SH)
- FR 470/79 Special Topics in French (4 SH)
Note: There may be specific credit hour requirements for Internships. Students should review requirements with their academic advisor.