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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French Major with Adolescence Education

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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.

French Core

French majors are required to take the following courses. (Note: Any of these courses, except for the 301-302 and 401-402 series, can be taken abroad)

  • Four Upper Division French courses (300 level) credits: 12

As well as:

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.

Required Courses for Adolescence Education

See Education: Initial Teacher Certification in Adolescence Education  for course requirements.

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.

The Comprehensive Examination (written, oral) provides students with the threefold opportunity:

  • to ascertain that seniors have adequately mastered the French language

  • to help seniors synthesize the subject matter of the four-year learning experience

  • to demonstrate a working knowledge of French culture and literature

Sample Program for the French Major with Adolescence Education

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 9
  • Math and Science Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 7
  • Health/Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Minimum of one semester abroad. Possible Experiential Learning (EL) pathway.
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 6
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • French (300 level) Credits: 6

As well as:

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