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French Major

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ready to expand your opportunities and become bilingual in a global language? Start here. Earn your degree in French from Bridgewater College.

French Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete FREN 201-202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required in the major. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30-36 hours, depending on placement: FREN 201 and FREN 202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following:

Study and analysis of advanced grammatical structures translation exercises and composition work. Prerequisites FREN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Analysis of structure and style exercises in composition special attention to idiomatic use of language practical experience in writing poetry prose and drama in French. Prerequisite FREN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

One of the following:

Expansion of listening and speaking skills. A study of French phonetics to improve pronunciation skills. Emphasis on development of oral communication skills sufficient to discuss complex issues and express abstract ideas. Prerequisite FREN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3
 
-or-
Reinforces more advanced syntactical structures of the language. Further develops these and vocabulary through expository persuasive argumentative and debate style speaking. Prerequisite FREN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

One of the following:

Introduction to French culture and its Revolution. Emphasis is on the intellectual artistic political social economic and educational factors. Taught in French. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and FREN 202 or permission of instructor General Education World Cultures

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Introduction to French culture and its historical development after the Fall of the Ancient Regime and a study of modern-day France including geography and consideration of intellectual artistic political social economic and educational factors. Taught in French. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and FREN 202 or permission of instructor General Education World Cultures

Unit(s): 3

One of the following:

Representative French authors from the Middle Ages through the 18th-century including social and historical background. Taught in French. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature and Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Representative French authors from the 19th and 20th centuries. Social and historical background is included. Taught in French. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature and Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

One of the following:

Writings of representative Francophone authors (African Caribbean Quebecois) primarily of short stories poetry and plays. Taught in French. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature and Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Study of French and American Films and fiction to explore competing narratives and representations that have shaped perceptions of Viet nam in France and the United States. Special attention given to literature cinema and art by overseas Vietnamese in France and in the Unuited States. Readings and documentaries provide historical background and critical orientation to discuss how art reflects and influences society. Taught in English. Credit available for French majors and minors upon completion of a French language component. Prerequisite PDP 150 or 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Travel course requiring immersion homestay and language courses. Covers themes of Francophone Caribbean societies and cultures within their social and political contexts. Includes excursions to several different islands to gain a greater awareness of the varied societies within these regional contexts. General Education Global Diversity 2014 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 3800

Unit(s): 3

And 6 credits of electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other French-language experience at the advanced level.

Activities and Clubs

Join the World Languages Club. Practice your language skills and participate in language and culture-related activities.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your French degree?

Like recent world languages graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • George Mason University (Teaching ESL)
  • Liberty University (Education)
  • Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology (Divinity & Clinical Counseling)
  • National Defense University, Department of Defense
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland (Education)
  • University of Utah (French, Arabic)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Pharmacy)

Or pursue a career with employers such as:

  • Banks
  • Bilingual/Translating Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Disney World Resorts
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Social Security Office
  • State Department
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Learn more about employment and advancement in the field of translation from the American Translators Association.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Harriett E. Hayes, Division Head
540-828-5654
hhayes@bridgewater.edu