Sep 29, 2020
The purpose of the major program is to educate students to think and perceive rationally and critically. This education includes reading and thinking; learning about literary and cultural movements; and making connections between the primarily aesthetic literary artifacts of the culture and its political, social, and economic history.
Through the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, students are trained to use new learning and technology media at all language levels to allow them to communicate effectively in the world. Likewise, they are encouraged to prepare themselves philosophically and practically to make linkages between the major and other academic disciplines.
The student majoring in French learns about the world of ideas and letters, past and present. This training requires at least one semester of study abroad; one year is recommended. The cohesive, integrated program of foreign language, culture, and literature courses ensures maximum proficiency in the target language.
All resident French majors are required to spend at least two years in the Maison Française. One of these must be the year following their academic year in France, to allow them to maintain fluency in the language skills acquired abroad.
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
French majors are required to take the following courses:
- 8 course at 200 level or higher (excluding labs)
- one semester study abroad
- Senior experience (FRN 401 , FRN 402 and FRN 499 ); details below
French Study Abroad Program
In affiliation with the Université de Haute-Bretagne
, Nazareth College offers an
academic year in Rennes, France. The core program for French majors includes the
following basic courses, which vary in degrees of complexity and intensity:
language-composition; conversational-structural analysis and explication de
texte; phonetics; literature; contemporary French civilization; history of art.
Students may select elective courses from a wide area including such fields as
history, English, fine arts, foreign languages (Celtic, German, Spanish,
Russian) and literature and economics.
French Senior Experience
The Senior Experience for
the French major culminates with two literature seminars, FRN 401-402,
that encourage students to develop further scholarly and critical
thinking, including current theoretical discussions in the academy.
Examination (written, oral) provides students with the threefold opportunity:
- to demonstrate a working knowledge of French culture and literature
Sample Program for the French Major