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A Major in French or a double major in French and another discipline offers students the opportunity to become fluent in the language while studying the principal francophone cultures of the world. The major in French consists of nine courses and a comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis/project. One of the nine courses must be 400-level. All French majors must take FR 380H Introduction to French Culture and FR 370G The Francophone World. French majors are expected to speak the language well enough to be rated at the Intermediate High-level of proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and are therefore strongly urged to spend at least one semester abroad. The Office of International Education will assist students in identifying appropriate programs. Please note that all study abroad must be approved by language faculty and cleared by the registrar. Students are also encouraged to participate in Eckerd's language-intensive winter terms offered in France or other francophone regions. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirement must complete eight courses above the 102 level and the comprehensive exam or senior thesis/project.

Majors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced course (beyond FR 302H) at Eckerd. Native speakers who wish to major in French must take eight courses above the 302H level and complete the comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis/project.

Students who major in International Business, International Relations and Global Affairs, or International Studies are strongly encouraged to develop double majors with a modern language. All of the international disciplines have an extensive language requirement for their majors, and students would in most cases already be near the completion of a language major by the time they graduate.

Proficiency in a foreign language and knowldge of its cultural context will increase employability and opportunities for graduate study and will prepare students for our increasingly globalized society.

Many of our majors continue the study of language at the graduate level. Language majors pursue a variety of careers in education, law, government, journalism, and business.

The minor in French consists of five courses which must include FR 301H Composition and Conversation I or a higher level course. Minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one course at the 300 or 400 level at Eckerd. Native speakers who wish to minor in French must take four courses above the 302H level.

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FR 101: Elementary French I
Introduction to French for students with little or no training in the language. Three classes per week; intensive practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing, with additional focus on cultural understanding.

FR 102: Elementary French II
2nd semester of FR 101; completes General Education language requirement. Prerequisite: FR 101.

FR 201: Intermediate French I
Sequel to FR 101-102, or for students with more than three years of study in high school. Grammar review and practice in all four skill areas develop broad language skills. Strong focus on cultural communication. Prerequisite: FR 102 or three or more years of high school French.

FR 202: Intermediate French II
2nd semester of Intermediate French. Prerequisite: FR 201.

FR 250: French Cinema (in English)
Explore one of the world's most dynamic and influential film cultures. Study the evolution of French cinema from the late 19th century through contemporary practice, while being attentive to both technical innovation and cultural dynamics. Taught in English.

FR 301H: Composition and Conversation I
The first course in the third-year sequence will focus on developing oral and written expression in French. Readings will be in a wide variety of genres in order to broaden students' competence in cultural communication. Prerequisite: FR 202.

FR 302H: Composition and Conversation II
Second semester of Composition and Conversation. Primary focus on written expression in French. Prerequisite: FR 301H.

FR 307H: Literature and Film in Postwar France
Literature, cinema, and cultural issues in France from World War II to present. Existentialism, formalism, New Novel, New Wave and the return of history in the '70s and '80s. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 370G: The Francophone World
Cultural history, literature and cinema of French-speaking regions. Focus on colonial war, Islam, the Negritude movement, the globalization of French. Prerequisite: FR 302H. Simultaneous enrollment in FR302H is also acceptable.

FR 380H: Introduction to French Culture and History
Historical overview of French history and culture from medieval period through twentieth century. Literature, painting, science in historical context. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 400: Topics in French Culture
Various aspects of French culture and history through literature, film and art. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 404: Themes In French Literature
Study and analysis of particular questions, schools or motifs in the history of French literature. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 406: French Theatre on Stage
Reading, recitation and performance of passages and plays in order to improve oral communication and cultural skills. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 410: Senior Seminar/French Studies
Readings and discussion of selected topics. Prerequisite: One course above FR 302H.

FR 450: French Cinema
Evolution of French cinema, technical innovation and cultural dynamics. Focus on movements, individual directors, writers and performers. Prerequisite: FR 302H or equivalent.

FR 498: Comprehensive Examination

FR 499: Senior Thesis

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