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French

www.temple.edu/fgis/French/

Louis Mangione, Acting Chair
347 Anderson Hall
215-204-8247
mangione@temple.edu

Ruth Thomas, Faculty Advisor
548 Anderson Hall
215-204-1758
RPThomas@temple.edu

Michelle A. Pugliese
Administrator
429 Anderson Hall
215-204-5628
michelle.pugliese@temple.edu

The French major helps students develop skills in reading, writing and oral communication while providing them with a rich understanding of the literature, cinema, history, and traditions of one of more Francophone cultures. In all classes, students focus on communication and communities, comparisons and connection, and culture. As they improve their linguistic skills and study various forms of cultural production from other nations, French majors also strengthen their ability to analyze and interpret in a way that contributes to their education above and beyond courses they take for the major. Through study at Temple, often enhanced by study abroad, French majors gain insight into their own identities and assumptions in relation to others. Majors complete the program with an ability to communicate, a grounding in literary tradition, and an awareness of cultural differences that has become increasingly important in the contemporary world.

The French major is a good preparation for a career that requires analytical thinking and communication skills in general, which includes the domains of education, business, government service, travel, and tourism. It is a good major or a second major for students planning to attend law or medical school. Studies have shown that learning a foreign language helps raise scores on the LSAT, GRE, and MCAT exams. This course of study also proves valuable to anyone who plans to work for a multinational corporation.

The French courses are often small, allowing students to get to know each other and their professors well. The program helps prepare students enrolled in the School of Education for careers teaching French and provides the opportunity to students enrolled in the Fox School of Business to acquire a certificate in French with a special course on French in the business world. Outside of class, students can share conversation and activities with an on-campus group for French speakers and gather at occasional film screenings and other events. Finally, those who are interested in publishing can help edit Temple's annual literary magazine for world languages, In Other Words.

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

4. Major Requirements: Ten courses in French (30 s.h.)

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

Requirements for the Major

Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French    2001    Intermediate    3     
French    2041     Reading I     3     
French    2096    Composition I     3    WI   
French    3096    Composition II     3    WI   
French     3101     Survey of French Literature I     3     
French    3102     Survey of French Literature II     3     
French     4000-level     Select two courses     6     
Select one elective numbered 2002 to 4999    3      
Select one elective numbered 3000 to 4999    3     
Total         30     

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in Major, students must:
(1) Complete the requirements for the concentration in French with a GPA of at least 3.50;
(2) Be recommended to the chair of the department by the French faculty advisor after consultation with the French faculty;
(3) Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.

Requirements for the Minor

Prerequisites: French 1001 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent placement.

Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French     1002     Introduction to French II     4    LA   
French     1003     Introduction to French III    3    LB   
French     2001     Intermediate     3     
Select a minimum of two courses from:     6     
French
French
French
French     2021
2041
2096
2501    Conversation I
Reading I
Composition I
French for Business I      

WI    
Select a minimum of one course from:     3     
French
French
French
French
French
French
3001
3021
3096
3101
3102
3201    Advanced Grammar
Conversation II
Composition II
Survey of French Literature I
Survey of French Literature II
Culture & Civilization I      

WI    
Total        19     

Requirements for the Special Foreign Language Certificate in French

Six courses (18-20 semester hours) beginning with French 1001, including French 2501 (French for Business I) and an upper-level course (beyond French 2001).

Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French    1001    Introduction to French I    4    LA    
French     1002    Introduction to French II     4    LA    
French     1003     Introduction to French III     3    LB    
French     2001     Intermediate    3     
French     2501     French for Business I     3     
Select one course from:     3     
French
French
French     2021
2041
2096    Conversation I
Reading I
Composition I      

WI

Total        20     

Study Abroad

Students declaring a major in the department are encouraged to study abroad. Temple University has a summer program at the Sorbonne in Paris. Credits earned through the Temple Sorbonne Program may be used toward the French major, minor, certificate and for satisfaction of the GenEd World Society requirement.


Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Freshman Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
English    0802, 0812, or 0902     Analytical Reading & Writing     4    GW   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Quantitative Literacy     4     GQ   
French    1001    Introduction to French I     4    LA   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Human Behavior     3    GB   
Subtotal          15     
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Intellectual Heritage    0851 or 0951     Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I     3    GY   
French    1002    Introduction to French II     4    LA   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Science & Technology I     3    GS   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx     U.S. Society     3    GU   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx     Global/World Society     3    GG   
Subtotal          16     
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French    1003    Introduction to French III     3    LB   
Intellectual Heritage    0852 or 0952     Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II     3    GZ   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Science & Technology II     3    GS   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Race & Diversity    3    GD   
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
Any    0800-4999    One Elective in Any School or College
2     
Subtotal          17     
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Arts    3-4    GA   
French    2001    Intermediate    3      
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3      
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
Subtotal          15-16     
Junior Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course    3     
French    2041    Reading I     3     
French     2096    Composition I     3    WI   
French     2002-4999    One French Elective     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
Subtotal        15     
Junior Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course    3     
French    3096    Composition II     3    WI   
French    3101    Survey of French Literature I     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
Subtotal          15     
Senior Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French     3000-4999    One French course at the 3000 level or higher    3     
French     3102    Survey of French Literature II     3     
CLA/CST    2000-4999    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
Subtotal          15     
Senior Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
French     4000-4999    One French course at the 4000 level    3     
French     4000-4999    One French course at the 4000 level    3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective     3     
Any    0800-4999    One Elective in Any School or College
3     
Any    0800-4999    One Elective in Any School or College
3     
Subtotal          15     
Degree Total       123     

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