The French minor is an excellent choice of study, combining love of this foreign language with courses in culture, literature and business to help prepare students for an exciting and challenging career. By taking French classes at SMWC, you will not only learn a new language but also study the rich culture linked to this foreign language.
Learning how to speak French will give you a competitive edge in the job market. With the increasingly global economy, many American companies are doing business with French-speaking countries. The U.S. is one of the leading foreign investors in France. French companies also own or have a major investment in more than 2,800 companies in the United States, employing at least 550,000 people.
Combined with a minor in business, journalism, education or art, French classes can help students to enhance their professional and academic opportunities.
French Minor (24 credit hours)
Minor in a foreign language with these French classes. Learn how to speak French while studying French literature, business and culture.
18 credit hours required; all courses listed.
Continued study of French grammar at an advanced level. Text and internet-based readings include francophone culture and literary excerpts from a variety of authors and genres. Meaningful discussion of the readings remains the primary focus. Campus only. Fulfills general studies requirement. Course fee.
Continued study of French grammar at an advanced level. Text and internet-based readings include francophone culture and literary excerpts from a variety of authors and genres. Meaningful discussion of the reading remains the primary focus. Campus only. Fulfills general studies requirement. Course fee.
Students practice and enhance their communication skills, progressing from specific functions and situations to free conversation and debates and participate in a variety of activities designed to refine listening and speaking through the active use of authentic materials describing life and society in France and francophone countries. Video (film, television, travel and music) and audio (radio, music and literature) are important components. Open to non-majors. Campus only. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college French or instructor's consent.
Students conduct and advanced study and practice of the structure of modern French in its component parts (verb tenses, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc.).Concepts are illustrated by authentic written and audiovisual materials, so that students use grammar in context. Campus only. Course fee.
Students conduct and in-depth study of the history and phonology of the French language to improve their understanding and pronunciation of French. Concepts are illustrated by authentic audio and visual materials. Campus only. Course fee.
Students conduct an advanced study of the process of writing in French. A variety of authentic writing models, which illustrate various functions and style, serve as references. Students use audio and video, as well as texts, to practice and refine their composition skills. Campus only. As needed.
Option Group 1
Choose one of the following courses.
From across-cultural perspective, students study the origins, development and culture of the French people and the development of the French nation into modern times by using a variety of materials including video, slides, music and readings. Taught in English. Campus only. As needed.
From a cross-cultural perspective, students conduct a study of the history and cultures of French-speaking areas in the world from colonialism to the modern day. A variety of materials including video, slides, music and poetry are used. Francophone areas to be covered include Canada, the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. In English. Campus only. As needed.
Option Group 2
Choose one of the following courses.
Covers topics at an intermediate level related to student interest or needs. Repeatable. May be offered in conjunction with FR 480. Campus only. As needed.
Students learn about the culture, economy and commerce of modern France and Francophonia through the study of the political, social and economic aspects of the French-speaking world. Through readings and video as well as through oral and aural activities, students gain a solid foundation in commercial French. Open to non-majors. Campus only. As needed. Prerequisite: At least two semesters of college French or instructor's consent.
Students conduct historical and critical studies of the principal authors and literary movements of France and Francophonia. Students will discuss orally and in written form the works considered. Campus only. As needed.
This course covers literature and topics relative to student interest or needs. Repeatable. May be offered in conjunction with FR 280. Campus only. As needed.
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