French and Francophone Studies
changes effective Spring Term, 2000 |
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
Concentration in French allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the French language and basic familiarity with French civilization and literature.
Prerequisites to Concentration. French through French 235.
Concentration Program. A minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. A maximum of two courses in the concentration may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. French concentrators are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department and to consider the possibility of studying at the year abroad program in Aix.
Students pursuing graduate studies in French should be aware that most graduate programs expect substantial preparation in literature. For this reason, students interested in earning a graduate degree in French should give particular consideration, in choosing their courses, to French 270, 362-369, 378, and 400-level courses in literature and culture.
Honors Concentration. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following participation in a junior year in France program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior-level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available in the Honors Office). The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.
The normal concentration requirements in French and Francophone Studies must be completed along with the following:
- Three additional credits in French and Francophone Studies at the level of 300 or above.
- Composition of a thesis, in French, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages;
- A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.
A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all French and Francophone courses is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French. Intending students should contact the Honors advisor toward the end of their junior year, and fill out an application form obtainable in the Honors Office (1228 Angell Hall). Upon admission, they enroll in French 491 and 492, Senior Honors I and II, usually in both terms of their senior year, writing their thesis under the supervision of a member of the professional staff.
Advising. Appointments are scheduled at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building (764-5344).
Concentration Requirements in French and Francophone Studies for Students Preparing Teacher Certification. Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about teaching certificate requirements which appears under the Teacher Certification Program in this Bulletin.
A minimum of 30 credits in French and Francophone Studies courses numbered 240 and above. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above, or equivalent. French 333, 335, and 339 are required. Only one course in the concentration may be chosen from courses taught in English without language prerequisites. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.
Year Abroad. The University of Michigan jointly sponsors a Year Abroad in France (University of Aix-en-Provence) with the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University. Information about this program and other study abroad opportunities is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP) (G513 Michigan Union, 764-4311). See also International Programs in this chapter of the Bulletin.
France Summer Study Program. The University of Michigan sponsors a six-week program in St. Malo during the summer half term in France for second and third year courses. Information about this program is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP) (G513 Michigan Union, 764-4311).
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