The French program at Marquette University provides students with the opportunity to develop linguistic proficiency in one of the most widely spoken languages the world of business and diplomacy while learning about the rich and diverse cultures of Francophone Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. The goal of the undergraduate program is twofold: to master all four skills of language acquisition (speaking, understanding, reading and writing), and to gain in-depth knowledge of content areas related to French language and to the great diversity of Francophone arts, philosophy, politics and history. Majors in French may combine studies with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences or sciences. Students considering careers in international business, international affairs, diplomacy, education, philosophy, history, law or communications are particularly encouraged to pursue a double major or a minor in French. Four distinct concentrations are offered: Francophone Arts and Cultures, Francophone Societies and Civilizations, Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Language for Education Majors, and the interdisciplinary Francophone Studies. Each concentration, with the exception of the additional requirements for Education majors, consists of eleven courses (33-34 credit). This excludes the elementary level language courses and Intermediate French 1 (FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French, and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1.

Students may elect to complete a minor in French which consists of seven courses (21-22 credit hours), excluding the elementary language courses and Intermediate French 1 ( FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1).

Major in French

The major in French consists of eleven courses (33-34 credit hours), excluding elementary level French language courses and Intermediate French 1 (FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French, and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1). Students must complete one of the four concentrations as specified below: Francophone Arts and Cultures, Francophone Societies and Civilizations, Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Language for Education Majors or Francophone Studies. One French course (FREN 4250 Francophone Arts and Cultures in English or FREN 4350 Francophone Civilization in English) may be taken in English towards the major.

Concentration 1: Francophone Arts and Cultures

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate French 2
Intensive Intermediate French
French Composition and Conversation
French Phonetics
Introduction to Textual Analysis in French
Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
Francophone Arts and Cultures: Choose four of the following.12
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Literature: Western
Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western
Francophone Art or Film: Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone Arts and Cultures in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Francophone Societies and Civilizations: Choose two of the following.6
Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western
Advanced French for Business
Francophone History and Politics: Western
Francophone Critical Theories
Francophone Studies in Human Rights
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Francophone Civilization in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Total Credit Hours33-34


Concentration 2: Francophone Societies and Civilizations

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate French 2
Intensive Intermediate French
French Composition and Conversation
French Phonetics
Introduction to Textual Analysis in French
Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
Francophone Societies and Civilizations: Choose four of the following.12
Advanced French for Business
Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western
Francophone History and Politics: Western
Francophone Critical Theories
Francophone Studies in Human Rights
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Francophone Civilization in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Francophone Arts and Cultures: Choose two of the following.6
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Literature: Western
Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western
Francophone Art or Film: Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone Arts and Cultures in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Total Credit Hours33-34


Concentration 3: Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Language for Education Majors

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate French 2
Intensive Intermediate French
French Composition and Conversation
French Phonetics
Introduction to Textual Analysis in French
Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
Francophone Arts and Cultures: Choose four of the following.12
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Literature: Western
Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western
Francophone Art or Film: Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone Arts and Cultures in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Francophone Societies and Civilizations: Choose two of the following.6
Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western
Advanced French for Business
Francophone History and Politics: Western
Francophone Critical Theories
Francophone Studies in Human Rights
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Francophone Civilization in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Total Credit Hours33-34

Additional requirements for Concentration 3: Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Language for Education Majors:

  1. Passing an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in French at the level of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale, as well as an official writing proficiency test (WPT) in French at the Intermediate-High level prior to registering for FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  2. Completion of FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  3. Maintenance of a minimum 2.750 grade point average in the French major with a minimum of a 3.000 grade point average in the following courses: FREN 2002 Intermediate French 2 or FREN 2003 Intensive Intermediate French, FREN 3001 French Composition and ConversationFREN 3120 French Phonetics, FREN 3500 Introduction to Textual Analysis in French, and FREN 4110 Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French, as applicable.
  4. Residence in a country in which French is spoken or participation in a structured study abroad program and/or intensive immersion experience. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures must approve the program selected.

CONCENTRATION 4: FRANCOPHONE STUDIES

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate French 2
Intensive Intermediate French
French Composition and Conversation
French Phonetics
Introduction to Textual Analysis in French
Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
French Courses: Choose two of the following.6
Advanced French for Business
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Literature: Western
Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western
Francophone Art or Film: Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone Arts and Cultures in English
Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western
Francophone History and Politics: Western
Francophone Critical Theories
Francophone Studies in Human Rights
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Francophone Civilization in English
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Francophone Studies: Choose four of the following.12
The Legal and Regulatory Environment of International Business
Africana Literatures
Postcolonial Literatures
Africa
Modern France
The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1787 to 1815
The Caribbean
North Africa
Topics in International Business
Phenomenology and Existentialism
European Politics
Politics of the Developing World
International Politics of Europe
Enlightenment Political Thought
St. Augustine: The Man and the Theologian
Total Credit Hours33-34

Minor in French

The minor in French consists of seven courses with a minimum of 21-22 credit hours, excluding the elementary language courses and Intermediate French 1 as listed below.

Notes:

  • The following FREN courses do not fulfill requirements toward the French minor: FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French, and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1.

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate French 2
Intensive Intermediate French
French Composition and Conversation
French Phonetics
Introduction to Textual Analysis in French
Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
Electives: Choose two courses from the following:6
Advanced French for Business
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Literature: Western
Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western
Francophone Art or Film: Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western
Francophone History and Politics: Western
Francophone Critical Theories
Francophone Studies in Human Rights
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature
Total Credit Hours21-22

Curricular Requirements

Seminar Series *3
Introduction to Honors in the Humanities
Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal
Humanities Honors Project Seminar
One upper-division French Disciplinary Honors course3
One upper-division Humanities Disciplinary Honors Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLAS, FREN, GRMN, LATN, SPAN), History, Philosophy or Theology course3
FREN 4999HHonors Senior Thesis3
Total Credit Hours12
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The seminar series prepares students to write a Humanities Disciplinary Honors project and helps to mentor them during the writing of the project. While enrolled in HOPR 3954H Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal students also secure individual faculty mentors for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

**

The instructor is the student’s faculty mentor for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

Notes:

  • Two upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses, one in student’s major and one that must be in another humanities department are required. Each must be a 3-credit, graded course and designated as a departmental Honors course. These courses are normally taken during student’s junior year. The H courses in the student’s major count toward total major credits and toward other major requirements where applicable. The H course in another humanities department does not count toward major requirements.
  • A Humanities Disciplinary Honors committee made up of representatives from all five humanities departments regularly decides on a broad theme for Humanities Disciplinary Honors program, to last at least two years, and individual faculty and departments submit courses that fit that theme. 
  • The Honors Humanities committee designates an appropriate number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses (These courses may also be taken by non-Honors students depending on the number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors students in the program). 
  • Students may take these upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses concurrently or in different terms; they should have finished at least one before beginning their independent projects.  

Academic Standards

Students must have a 3.200 cumulative overall grade point average for entry into the Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program. Students must achieve a 3.200 cumulative grade point average in the above 12 credit hours required in order to graduate with Humanities Disciplinary Honors. Students who complete both Core Honors and Humanities Disciplinary Honors earn a Comprehensive Honors degree. Students must have a 3.200 cumulative GPA to graduate with this degree. Students admitted to Humanities Disciplinary Honors become part of the University Honors Program and are eligible for Honors research fellowships and Honors study-abroad scholarships. If an Honors student drops below a 3.200 in any given term during the junior year or any subsequent year, the student receives a letter of warning from the director. If a student drops below a 3.200 cumulative GPA, they are placed on University Honors Program academic probation; if they do not achieve a 3.200 cumulative GPA by the end of the following term, they are removed from the program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for Humanities Disciplinary Honors and the Comprehensive Honors degree.

Eligibility

Humanities Disciplinary Honors is designed to be completed during students’ junior and senior years. Sophomores interested in pursuing Humanities Disciplinary Honors should enroll in HOPR 2954H Introduction to Honors in the Humanities during their sophomore year. Sophomores are eligible to apply to the program near the end of the spring term as long as they meet the 3.200 minimum cumulative GPA requirement.  

Application

Students apply for admission to the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department. Application materials can be obtained in person from the department office.

Courses

FREN 1001. Elementary French 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Cultural awareness is developed through exposure to a wide range of authentic texts and materials. No previous French experience is accepted. Does not count toward language proficiency requirement. Prereq: No previous study of French.

FREN 1003. Intensive Elementary French. 4 cr. hrs.

First-year French course, and the first course in the core language sequence. Development of active vocabulary, basic grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking in French through class activities, web-based language practice and online homework assignments. Cultural awareness is enhanced through exposure to authentic texts and materials from French and Francophone cultures. Prereq: No previous French; or by departmental placement. Not open to students with native or near native fluency in French.

FREN 2001. Intermediate French 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year French course. Continuation of FREN 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Cultural readings from the French and Francophone world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in French, and the development of Intermediate Low language proficiency. Prereq: FREN 1003; or by departmental placement. Not open to native or near-native French speakers.

FREN 2002. Intermediate French 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Second-year French course. Continuation of FREN 2001. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Cultural readings from the French and Francophone world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in French, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the major and minor in French. Prereq: FREN 2001. Not open to native or near-native French speakers.

FREN 2003. Intensive Intermediate French. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year intensive French course. Continuation of FREN 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. A combination of FREN 2001 and FREN 2002, this course allows qualified students to complete the language proficiency requirement at a fast and demanding pace. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Cultural readings from the French and Francophone world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in French, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the major and minor in French. Prereq: FREN 1003 with minimum grade of AB; or by departmental placement. Not open to native or near-native French speakers.

FREN 3001. French Composition and Conversation. 3 cr. hrs.

Development of effective writing proficiency in French for a variety of contexts (descriptions; explanations; letters; e-mails; and papers) with review of linguistic and grammatical structures. Development of culturally, socially, and contextually appropriate conversational skills (oral and aural) about a variety of topics with a focus on linguistic accuracy and fluency. Prereq: FREN 2002 or FREN 2003; or by departmental placement. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

FREN 3120. French Phonetics. 3 cr. hrs.

Offers an understanding and practice of the basic pronunciation rules of Standard French; the articulation of individual sounds, sound groupings, and speech patterns. Prereq: FREN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 3500. Introduction to Textual Analysis in French. 3 cr. hrs.

A survey of major genres, styles, and periods of French and Francophone literature designed to prepare students for upper level literature courses with a focus on interpretation of poetry, theater, prose and contemporary press. Prereq: FREN 2001 or FREN 2003; or by department placement.

FREN 3500H. Honors Introduction to Textual Analysis in French. 3 cr. hrs.

A survey of major genres, styles and periods of French and Francophone literature designed to prepare students for upper level literature courses with a focus on interpretation of poetry, theater, prose and contemporary press. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: FREN 2001 or FREN 2003; or by dept. placement; admission to French Disciplinary Honors Program.

FREN 3705. Advanced French for Business. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced French for international business in the French-speaking world. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4110. Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines advanced structures, forms and style of the French language through contextual practice. Prereq: FREN 3001 or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4200. Francophone Literature: Non-Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of indigenous and colonial Francophone literature of Africa, the Caribbean, or Asia. Examinations include stylistic techniques, thematic concerns, and place in literary history. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4210. Francophone Literature: Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of the Francophone literature of Europe or North America. Examinations include stylistic techniques, thematic concerns, and place in literary history. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4220. Francophone Art or Film: Non-Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of indigenous and colonial Francophone art and film of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, or Asia. Examinations include stylistic techniques, thematic concerns, and place in art or cinematic history. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4230. Francophone Art or Film: Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of Francophone art and film of Europe or North America. Examinations include stylistic techniques, thematic concerns, and place in art or cinematic history. Variable subtitles depending on the content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4240. Francophone Popular Culture. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of indigenous and colonial Francophone culture of North Africa and the Middle East. Topics include the study of cuisine, fashion, social norms, and mass media and their relationship to environmental, economic, social, and political factors. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4250. Francophone Arts and Cultures in English. 3 cr. hrs.

Topics in Francophone Arts and Cultures taught in English. Topics vary. Subject to be announced.

FREN 4250H. Honors Francophone Arts and Cultures in English. 3 cr. hrs.

Topics in Francophone Arts and Cultures taught in English. Topics vary. Topics to be announced. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Admission to French Disciplinary Honors Program.

FREN 4300. Francophone History and Politics: Non-Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Principal political dynamics of Francophone Africa, the Caribbean, or Asia and their interactions with France. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4310. Francophone History and Politics: Western. 3 cr. hrs.

Principal political dynamics of Francophone Europe or North Africa their interactions with France. Variable subtitles depending on the content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4320. Francophone Critical Theories. 3 cr. hrs.

Examination of philosophies and critical theories originating from Francophone thinkers and related to the Francophone world. Topics include existentialism, structuralism, post-structuralism, and post-colonial theories. Variable subtitles depending on the content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4330. Francophone Studies in Human Rights. 3 cr. hrs.

An in-depth analysis of human rights issues of the Francophone world. Topics include ethnic or religious subjugation, immigration, political repression, and genocide. Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4340. Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality. 3 cr. hrs.

An in-depth analysis of issues related to women and gender concerns in Francophone countries. Topics include theory (feminism, écriture féminine, gay and lesbian studies), law (family law regulating non-married couples, marriage, property rights, inheritance), and socio-cultural issues (religion, employment, public and private space, dress, linguistic accessibility, domestic abuse, and genital mutilation). Variable subtitles depending on content and focus. Prereq: FREN 3001 and FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4350. Francophone Civilization in English. 3 cr. hrs.

Topics in Francophone Civilization in English. Topics vary. Subject to be announced.

FREN 4350H. Honors Francophone Civilization in English. 3 cr. hrs.

Topics in Francophone Civilization in English. Topics vary. Topics to be announced. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Admission to French Disciplinary Honors Program.

FREN 4931. Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: FREN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4995. Independent Study in French. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4999. Senior Thesis in French. 2 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

FREN 4999H. Honors Senior Thesis. 3 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.; admission to French Disciplinary Honors Program.