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French
Department of Romance Languages (FRE, ITA, SPA)
College of Arts & Sciences
www.uncg.edu/rom

Accelerated Master's Programs for French and Spanish Majors | French Courses | French or Spanish Major (BA) | Related Courses, Second Majors | Requirements for Both Majors | Requirements for French Major | Requirements for Minor in French | Requirements for Second Major in French | Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure in French

Faculty David A. Fein, Professor and Head of Department Professors Smith, Smith-Soto; Associate Professors Almeida, Campo, Chesak, Goode, Koenig, Mather-Koestler, Sotomayor; Assistant Professors Grossi, Paredes, Rauch; Lecturers Amat, Bender, Dola, Hill, Levine, Martin, McLin

The Department of Romance Languages offers a variety of programs in language, literature, and culture of the three major Romance areas of French, Spanish, and Italian. Students may begin the study of any of these at the elementary level or continue it at the intermediate level. Students with one or more years of high school French or Spanish who wish to continue the study of that same language must take the Language Placement Test. Incoming transfer students returning to the study of French or Spanish begun in high school but not previously pursued at the college level must also take the test. Intermediate proficiency is expected for further work in French or Spanish; according to the student's interests, he or she may then begin the study of literature or develop language skills in composition and conversation. Native or near-native speakers must consult with an appropriate departmental advisor before signing up for courses in the Romance Languages Department. The Department's goals are three-fold:
  1. To provide practical training in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing a foreign language;
  2. To promote those values in the liberal arts tradition that derive particularly from the study of language and literature: increased understanding of language itself as structure and process, and the enlightening encounter with cultures and modes of thought different from one's own.
  3. To prepare students interested in becoming French and Spanish teachers by providing a range of courses and experiences in their prospective field.
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the department offers the Master of Arts in Romance Languages with concentrations in French, Spanish, French education, and Spanish education. Special facilities and features include language laboratories, the possibility of study abroad, and French and Spanish honorary societies. Achievement in Romance studies is recognized by five annual awards to outstanding juniors and seniors.

French or Spanish Major
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level AOS Codes:
French, U159
French, with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure, U161
Spanish, U227
Spanish, with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure, U229
The French and Spanish Majors are designed to ensure a well-rounded preparation in language and literature. The programs are balanced and comprehensive, yet they allow students the latitude to explore subjects of special interest to them. Specific course and area requirements and electives in language, literature, and culture characterize both programs. The majors in Romance Languages begin at the 300-level.

Requirements For Both Majors

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.


Requirements for the French Major
No requirement for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-. Minimum 30 semester hours at the 300-level or above, including:
  1. 301
  2. 353 and 354
  3. 315 and 415
  4. One course from: 311, 312, 313
  5. Two literature courses at the 400- or 500-level
  6. Additional courses (6 sem. hrs.)


Requirements for the Second Major in French
24 semester hours at the 300-level or above, including:
  1. 301, 315, 353, 354
  2. One course from 311, 312, 313, 415
  3. One 400-level literature course
  4. Two other courses above 204
Students seeking teacher licensure must include Civilization (331a or 332 or 532 or 533), Composition (315 or 415) and Conversation (311 or 312 or 313) in the 24 semester hours. The Phonetics competency may be met by completing 311. Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the second major.


Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure in French
Students seeking teacher licensure must include Civilization (331a or 332 or 532 or 533). The phonetics (pronunciation) competency is met through 311. Literature courses should be chosen so as to represent a range of periods, movements, and/or genres. Admission to teacher education and student teaching in French requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in the major. Please see additional teacher licensure requirements discussed in Teacher Education Programs. Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the major.


Requirements for the Minor in French
15-21 semester hours of courses in French above 203, excluding literature courses in English translation.


Accelerated Master's Programs
for French and Spanish Majors
Interested students should see Accelerated Master's Programs for Undergraduates for details about the BA in French or Spanish/MBA program requirements.


Related Courses, Second Majors
Suggested: second foreign language and literature; English or American Literature; Classical Studies; European, Spanish or French, or Spanish American History; International Studies; Linguistics; Music; Art; Social Science; Anthropology; International Business Studies.


French Courses (FRE)
Courses taught in English translation 222 Explorations in French Literature: English Versions (3:3). AULER/CLER: WL, CWL 323 Albert Camus: English Versions (3:3). AULER/CLER: WL, CWL A full description of these courses will be found in numerical order in the French courses listed below. All remaining courses are taught in French.

 For Undergraduates

101, 102 Beginning French (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 101 prerequisite to 102. Introduction to French with practice in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Supplementary instruction in the language laboratory.

113 Conversation in France (3).

Pr. two semesters of beginning French courses or permission of instructor.
  • Open only to students not meeting the prerequisites for 313.
Extensive formal and informal training in French conversation in a living French setting. Offered only as a summer program in France.

203, 204 Intermediate French (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL Pr. 102 or equivalent; 203 prerequisite to 204. Review and further study of basic French structures with emphasis on active use of language skills; listening, speaking, writing, reading.

222 Explorations in French Literature: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL
  • May not be used for credit toward French major.
The best of French literature read and discussed in English. Topics vary, each taking a broad perspective on an important theme, genre, or period.

224 Medieval French Literature in English Translation (3:3).

  • May not be used for credit toward French major.
Readings from major genres of the Middle Ages in English translation, as reflections of cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic values in the age of chivalry and belief. Fein.

301 Advanced French (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission. An opportunity to increase proficiency in oral and written language skills while extending knowledge of French literature and contemporary French culture. A bridge to advanced work in all areas. (FA)

311 French Conversation and Phonetics (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission. Training in spoken French and phonetics.

312 French Conversation and Culture (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission. Training in spoken French in the context of French culture.

313 Conversation in France (3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission. Intensive formal and informal training in French conversation in a living French setting. Offered only as a summer program in France.

315 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission. Study of grammar and idiom. Formal and informal writing. (FA)

323 Albert Camus: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL
  • May not be used for credit toward French major.
Reading and discussion of Camus' novels, plays, and essays in English. Smith.

331a, 331b Culture and Civilization in France (3), (3).

  • 331a taught in French; pr. 301 or permission of instructor.
  • 331b taught in English; open only to students not meeting prerequisites for 331a.
  • 331b may not be used for credit toward French major.
Offered only as a summer program in France. Special emphasis on Paris and one other region of France.

332 Introduction to French Civilization and Culture (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission. An introduction to French civilization, presenting an historical overview of major periods with emphasis on selected thematic topics.

341, 342 Business French (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

French used in various types of business, with practice in writing and speaking. Readings on economic aspects of the French-speaking world. Koenig.

353, 354 Survey of French Literature (3:3; 3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL Pr. 301.

353: Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.

354: Nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (FA,SP)

411 French Phonetics (3:3).

Pr. 311. Systematic approach to French pronunciation through sound/spelling relationships, exercises in phonetic transcription, and sound discrimination. Phonetic theory reinforced by aural-oral practice to improve intonation and articulation.

415 Advanced French Composition (3:3).

Pr. 311 or departmental permission. Review of grammar and practice in informal and formal writing skills. Emphasis on the explication de texte and the dissertation littéraires. (SP)

453 Topics in French Literature: Ancien Régime (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Advanced studies in French literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, or of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

454 Topics in Modern French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354; departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Advanced studies in French literature of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, or of the twentieth century. (SP)

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program.
  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.
For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

507 Teaching French Through French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400-level course in French literature or permission of instructor.
  • For upper-level majors and graduate students who plan to teach French.
Strategies for teaching the French language through its literature. All major genres represented.

532, 533 French Civilization (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354 or 332, or departmental permission. Study of France and the French people. Historical and geographical background, intensive study of national traits, home life, institutions, and culture. Stress on present-day France.

553 Topics in French Literary Movements (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
In-depth study of a major literary trend: mannerism, classicism, realism, naturalism, and others.

554 Topics in French Fiction (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Studies in prose fiction - roman, conte, nouvelle, etc. - through a variety of critical and historical approaches, each topic focusing on one such approach.

555 Topics in French Poetry (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Studies in French poetry through a variety of critical and historical approaches.

556 Topics in French Theatre (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Studies in French theatre through a variety of critical and historical approaches.

557 Advanced Topics in French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Nontraditional perspectives on literature in the French language: thematic topics, and others.

558 Topics in Francophone Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Studies in Francophone literature through a variety of aspects or genres, each topic focusing on one such aspect or genre.

561 The Auteur Director (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Works of an individual film director. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as SPA 561)

562 Studies in Film Genre (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Technical, dramatic, social, and rhetorical dimensions of a film genre or genres. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as SPA 562)  
 
 
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