Overview

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. Combined with a minor in business, education or art, French classes can help students to enhance their professional and academic opportunities.

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.

Minor

Minor in a foreign language with these French classes. Learn how to speak French while studying French literature, business and culture. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, you need to complete at least 24 credit hours in French and related courses.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required; all courses listed.

FR 211/212 Intermediate French I/II
Campus | 3 each Credits
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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. Course fee. FR 211: Fall, every year. FR 212: Spring, every year.

Campus 3 each Credits
FR 231 French Conversation
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Spring, odd years. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college French or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 331 French Grammar
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students conduct an 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. Fall, even years. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 351 French Phonetics and Linguistics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students conduct an 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. Spring, even years. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 434 French Stylistics
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

Choose one of the following courses.

FR 371 French Culture and Civilization
Campus | 3 Credits
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From a cross-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.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 372 Francophone Culture and Civilization
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits

Choose one of the following courses.

FR 280 Topics in French Studies
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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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.

Campus 1-3 Credit
FR 291 Business French
Campus | 3 Credits
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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: Two semesters of college French or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 361 Survey of Literature in French
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits
FR 480 Topics in French Studies
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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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.

Campus 1-3 Credit

Information about Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.