Mar 21, 2023
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Students who major in French at Pacific University develop a high level of proficiency in the language and the skills needed to pursue advanced study or enter the workforce in the United States or abroad. Learning French prepares you to work in a global community, where French is the official language of more than 30 countries and of many agencies, including NATO, INTERPOL and the United Nations. The language and culture of France also are beneficial to students interested in international business, politics, the health professions and humanitarian organizations. Art, literature and culinary arts also benefit from understanding the rich traditions of French-speaking countries. Most students who major in French also major in another discipline. There are many double-major emphasis options available. Please contact Professor Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, French Program advisor, for more information.
Four years for a complete BA degree. Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree. Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress. Note: If Study Abroad is for a year, only 12 credits are required, otherwise 16 are required. Students enter the sequence at a level appropriate to their previous preparation and may be exempt from up to 16 credits of lower division coursework in the major unless otherwise noted.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the French major will:
- achieve linguistic proficiency in French in listening, speaking, reading and writing equivalent to ACTFL Advanced Low (for a description of ACTFL proficiency levels, see https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/guidelines/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines2012.pdf),
- demonstrate a comparative understanding of cultural diversity,
- be able to analyze at least one aspect of major historical, social, intellectual, artistic and/or linguistic trends of the area of specialization; and
- leverage disciplinary knowledge to create a capstone project that demonstrates an understanding of the cultures and languages of the area of specialization.
- FREN 102 - Intro French Language & Culture 4 credit(s)
- FREN 201 - Intermediate French 4 credit(s)
- FREN 202 - Intermediate French 4 credit(s)
- FREN 494 - French Capstone I 1 credit(s)
- FREN 495 - French Capstone II 1 credit(s)
Study Abroad 8 credits in French
Students must register for 12 credits while abroad to keep full time status. However, only 8 credits of work taken in French will apply towards the French major. Students may take other credits taught in English. Students should consult International Programs regarding availability of courses taught in English. Students should consult with Advising Center and/or advisors from other departments about the possibility of courses taken abroad counting towards core requirements or another major/minor.
Upper division FREN credits taken at Pacific 8 credits
At least one course among these 8 credits must be from the following list of Writing in the Discipline FREN courses:
FREN304W/404W, FREN 308W/408W, or FREN 311W.
Four Credits From the Following:
- Upper division FREN credits taken at Pacific 2-4 credits
Total: 34 Credits
*Short-term travel abroad courses may not count towards upper-division hours earned abroad.
** Other classes not listed here may be proposed to the French Program Coordinator for consideration.
Four credits may be waived for students able to start at the 201-level. Eight credits may be waived for students able to start at the 202-level or above. A student placing higher than the 202-level will have to substitute other FREN courses to meet the minimum number of 24 credits for the major.
Most students who major in French also major in another discipline. There are many double-major emphasis options available. Please contact Prof. Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, French Program advisor, for more information.
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