Department of Linguistics

BA in Linguistics - French Linguistics Concentration

The French Linguistics Concentration is intended for students interested in the French language and its linguistic structure, as well as linguistics in general. Students in the French Linguistics concentration who would like to pursue a career as a K-12 French teacher also can complete the K-12 teacher certification pathway.

Required Coursework

LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics
LIN 311 Phonetics
LIN 312 Phonology and Morphology
LIN 313 Syntax
LIN 317 Two Languages, One Mind: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
FRE 101 Beginning French I
FRE 102 Beginning French II
FRE 201 Intermediate French I
FRE 202 Intermediate French II
FRE 300 Building Fluency in French
FRE 301 Practical French I
FRE 302 Practical French II
FRE 416 The Linguistic Structure of French

One three-credit 400-level LIN course (excluding courses focused on interpreting and excluding LIN 498 Thesis)

Elective in major: One course (at least three credits) relating to French language, culture, or linguistics, chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students are encouraged to attend study abroad programs in French-speaking countries. A course taken as part of such a program fulfills this requirement.

Total number of credits: 51

Note on Language Component

One or more of the first four levels of French language courses may be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who demonstrate the equivalent degree of competency. In such cases, students replace the language course credits with other linguistics or French-related courses. Substitutions are made in consultation with the student's advisor.

Note on grade requirement for LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in LIN 185 before enrolling in certain upper-level LIN courses, including LIN 312 and LIN 313. LIN 185 may be repeated at most one time. Students for whom American Sign Language is their first language may consult with the department about alternative pathways for satisfying this requirement.

Honors for French Linguistics Concentration

Linguistics majors who do outstanding work in the major can graduate with honors in linguistics. Requirements for Honors for students majoring in the French Linguistics Concentration are the following:

  • Achieve a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 in LIN and French courses.
  • Complete LIN 490 Introduction to Language Research with a grade of B or higher.
  • Complete LIN 498 Thesis with a grade of A.

Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements

In addition to completing a major, students must satisfy USM's Core Curriculum requirements and earn a total of at least 120 credits to graduate. The following information outlines core requirements that overlap with the major in Linguistics with a Concentration in French Linguistics or core courses recommended for students majoring in this concentration.

Quantitative Reasoning: Students must fulfill this requirement with a statistics or MAT course. One requirement for Honors in Linguistics is LIN 490 Introduction to Language Research. This course has a statistics course (MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics or PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology) as a prerequisite. Therefore, students should take a statistics course to meet this requirement if they are considering pursuing Honors in Linguistics. If not, students can take any MAT course in the Quantitative Reasoning category.

Cultural Interpretation: Each of FRE 101 Beginning French I, FRE 102 Beginning French II, FRE 201 Intermediate French I, and FRE 202 Intermediate French II (as well as other language courses at these levels) fulfills this core requirement.

Socio-Cultural Analysis: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics meets this requirement.

Science Exploration: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics meets this requirement if LIN 186 (the one-credit lab associated with LIN 185) is taken as well.

Diversity: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics also meets this requirement.

International: FRE 202 Intermediate French II meets this requirement.

Capstone: FRE 416 The Linguistic Structure of French is a capstone course.

Several linguistics or language courses that are not required for the major fulfill a core requirement:

Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship: LIN 410 Ethical Decision Making in ASL/English Interpreting (Note: Students who have not taken ASL or interpreting courses can request permission from the Department to take this course, if they demonstrate experience in an area involving ethical reasoning.)

Engaged Learning: ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I, ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II, ASL 401 Advanced American Sign Language I, ASL 402 Advanced American Sign Language II, LIN 394 Teaching Internship, LIN 395 Research Internship, LIN 398 Independent Study, LIN 498 Thesis

Suggested four-year plan for Linguistics Majors, French Linguistics Concentration

There are many possible paths through the major. The listings below are suggestions that may or may not be appropriate for individual students. Courses do not have to be taken in the order shown here as long as prerequisites for each course are met before it is taken.

See the course list for course prerequisites. Note especially that students must earn a grade of B or higher in LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics before enrolling in LIN 312 or LIN 313, and that LIN 185 may be repeated at most one time.

Note that many suggested semester schedules listed here do not make up a full course load. These semesters would need to include core courses, electives, a minor, or possibly a second major.

Fall 1:
FRE 101 Beginning French I

Spring 1:
FRE 102 Beginning French II
LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics

Fall 2:
FRE 201 Intermediate French I
LIN 313 Syntax

Spring 2:
FRE 202 Intermediate French II
LIN 311 Phonetics

Fall 3:
FRE 301 Practical French I
LIN 312 Phonology and Morphology
LIN 317 Two Languages, One Mind: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

Spring 3:
FRE 300 Building Fluency in French
FRE 302 Practical French II
LIN 4XX

Fall 4:
Elective

Spring 4:
FRE 416 The Linguistic Structure of French

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