Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

BA in French

The Department offers a major in French with two different tracks:  Literary Studies and French Studies. 

The Department also offers three different options for a French Minor:  French Minor, French Language Minor and a French Studies Minor.

Policies

Beginning courses (101-102) are both for true beginners who have never studied French before as well as students with a background in French who are not sure of their exact proficiency level. These students are advised to take the Placement Test offered in the Department before the beginning of classes each semester. The Office of Prior Learning Assessment in conjunction with the French Section helps to evaluate students with varied language backgrounds, such as foreign or Franco-American students to determine their level of competency and whether it is appropriate to waive specific requirements or grant credit. FRE 470 Independent Study is offered only under exceptional and extraordinary circumstances. It cannot replace a regularly offered course. All French majors must achieve grades of B or better for at least 12 credits in their major. No grade of D will count toward fulfillment of the major. Concerning graduation requirements, all students need 120 credits, which include 45 credits for the French major and successful completion of the Core requirements. Students should be aware of the Core requirements as detailed in the undergraduate catalog and should note that a number of the courses for the French major count for the Core requirements as well.

The Department grants credit in French to an enrolled student who presents evidence of competency in the language by receiving a score of 3 or above on the appropriate Advanced Placement Examination Board. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are used for either course-equivalency or elective credits. For more details, contact the chair of the Department.

Students are also urged to get extra practice in French by participating in informal conversation tables sponsored by the Department. Tutoring is available, often at no cost to the student. For information, see the Department assistant.

State of Maine certification for foreign language teachers requires 30 credits at the level 300 and above for the first language and 18 credits at the level 300 and above for the second language.

All major programs in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures require that the student fulfill the requirements of the Core curriculum.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 39 credits.

Track 1 Literary Studies
Requirements 
A. Language Classes (21 credits) 
Seven language courses among the following: 
     FRE 201 202 Second-year French7
     FRE 301 302 Third-year French (6)6
     FRE 303 Thème et Version3
     FRE 305 French Phonetics3
     FRE 330 The Art of Writing3
  
B. French Civilization (6 credits) 
Two courses in French or Francophone civilization, among the following: 
     FRE 291 French Civilization I3
     FRE 292 French Civilization II3
     FRE 293 Topics in French/Francophone Cinema3
     FRE 294 Topics and Themes in Francophone Studies3
  
C. French Literature (12 credits) 
Three 300-level French courses, including FRE 331 and two courses in literature (FRE 367, FRE 369, FRE 399) (9 credits)
One 400-level French course, including FRE 475 (3 credits)3
     FRE 331 Workshop in French Literary Analysis3
     FRE 367 Genres and Periods in French Literature3
     FRE 369 Topics and Themes in French Literature3
     FRE 467 Genres and Periods in French Literature3
     FRE 469 Topics and Themes in French Literature3
     FRE 475 Capstone in French3
*FRE 399 may be substituted for FRE 367 or FRE 369 when offered. 

Substitutions or alternatives to these curricular offerings may be considered by the French Section as appropriate.

Track 2 French Studies
Requirements 
A. Language Courses (15 credits) 
Five courses among the following: 
     FRE 201 202 Second-year French8
     FRE 301 302 Third-year French (6)6
     FRE 303 Thème et Variation3
     FRE 305 French Phonetics3
     FRE 330 The Art of Writing3
B. Civilization (6 credits) 
Two courses in French or Francophone civilization or electives, among the following:
     FRE 291 French Civilization I3
     FRE 292 French Civilization II3
     FRE 293 Topics in French/Francophone Cinema3
     FRE 294 Topics and Themes in Francophone Studies3
C. Electives (9 credits) 
Three courses of electives, among the following: 
     ARH 322 Medieval Art3
     ARH 323 Renaissance Art3
     ARH 324 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art3
     ARH 326 Nineteenth-Century European Art3
     ARH 327 Modern Art3
     ARH 328 Contemporary Art3
     ENG 347 Topics in Cultural Studies: Colonialism and Francophone Writing3
     ENG 354 Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture (when topic deals with France and England)3
     HTY 311 Medieval Civilization3
     HTY 312 Renaissance and Reformation3
     HTY 313 French Revolution and Napoleon3
     HTY 360 History of Maine3
     HUM 301 French North America3
     HUM 310 French Settlement in the Northeast3
     POS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics3
     POS 245 French Politics3
     POS 380 Issues Before the United Nations3
     POS 335 Politics in Western Europe3
     POS 405 The European Union3
     POS 406 Research in the European Union3
D. Literature (6 credits) 
2 300-level French courses in literature, FRE 331 (required) and 1 of the following: FRE 367, FRE 369 or FRE 399 when offered: 
     FRE 331 Workshop in Literary Analysis3
     FRE 367 Genres and Periods in French Literature3
     FRE 369 Topics and Themes in French Literature3
E. Capstone (3 credits)3
     FRE 475 Capstone in French 
Strongly Recommended courses for both Tracks 1 and 2; 
     LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society3
Full-year or semester-abroad program 

Substitutions or alternatives to these curricular offerings may be considered by the French Section as appropriate.

Beginning courses (101-102) are both for true beginners who have never studied French before as well as students with a background in French who are not sure of their exact proficiency level. These students are advised to take the Placement Test offered by the Department of Academic Assessment (780-4383).

The Office of Prior Learning Assessment in conjunction with the French Section helps to evaluate students with varied language backgrounds, such as foreign or Franco-American students, to determine their level of competency and whether it is appropriate to waive specific requirements or grant credit. FRE 470 Independent Study is offered only under exceptional and extraordinary circumstances. It cannot replace a regularly offered course. Summer and junior year study in France or French Canada are encouraged and acknowledged by transfer credits. All majors already engaged in studies of French literature should maintain an active effort to reach fluency in speaking French through constant practice, use of the language laboratory, and participation in informal conversation tables. They are expected to have reached proficiency in speaking and writing French before their graduation. Each student's progress will be reviewed periodically by French faculty. All majors must complete at least 12 credits with a grade of B or better in their major courses. No grade of D will count toward fulfillment of a French major. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits, which include 39 credits for the French major and successful completion of the Core requirements. Students should be aware of the Core requirements as detailed in the undergraduate catalog and should note that a number of the courses for the French major count toward Core requirements as well.