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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Liberal Arts

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French (FREN)

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Professor: Nadine S. BĂ©renguier, Claire-Lise Malarte-Feldman
Senior Lecturer: Claire-Helene Gaudissart, Anna K. Sandstrom
Lecturer: Kathy Richman, Emilie Talpin

The French Major
The French major offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides knowledge of the language, literature, and culture of France and other French-speaking countries around the world. An undergraduate major in French is useful in a variety of careers, such as business, law, government or public service, and teaching. Students considering a career in teaching should consult with the Department of Education. In addition, they should make special note of the LLC 791 requirement (which does not count toward completion of a major in French). 

A major consists of 40 credits in courses numbered 631 or above, in which readings are in French. Coursework for the French major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Majors are required to take FREN 631-632, 651, 652, 790, and at least two 700-level literature courses at the Durham campus. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The UNH-managed program in Dijon is highly recommended and offers year- and semester-long options. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in consultation with a major adviser and the UNH Center for International Education. Students in majors with inflexible curricula (like engineering, some sciences, and health care) who wish to complete a second major in French should consult with a French adviser about possible alternate means of satisfying the study abroad requirement.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing FREN 790, Advanced Language and Style.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

The French Studies Major
This major gives students a variety of perspectives not only on French and Francophone literature but also on a variety of other issues pertaining to the Francophone world. A major in French studies prepares graduates to negotiate successfully the economic reality of an increasingly international job market, and provides them with a wide range of career prospects after they leave the University.

The major consists of 44 credits in French courses numbered 631 or above and of cross-listed courses in other departments, including the following requirements: FREN 631-632, 651, 652, 675 or 676 or 677, 790, and two 700-level courses in French or Francophone literature. In addition, at least three elective courses (12 credits) closely related to French and Francophone cultural studies are required. These are to be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser from among the following departments: history, geography, or anthropology, one 600- to 700-level course; art history or music, one 600- to 700-level course; economics, political science, or education, one 600- to 700-level course. Coursework for the French studies major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The UNH-managed study abroad program in Dijon is highly recommended. It offers both year- and semester-long programs. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in close consultation with a major adviser and the UNH Center for International Education. Students in majors with inflexible curricula who wish to complete a second major in French studies should consult with a French adviser about alternate means of satisfying the study abroad requirement.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing FREN 790, Advanced Language and Style.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

The French Minor
A minor in French consists of 20 credits in French courses numbered 503 and above. No fewer than three courses have to be taken at UNH. No more than one course conducted in English (e.g., FREN 525 or 625) will be counted toward the minor, although students may elect to take more than one such course provided they earn more than 20 credits. Those entering the minor at FREN 504 or higher will be expected to complete FREN 651 or 652. LLC 791 does not count for the minor. After completing the five required courses, students submit a “Completion of Minor” form.

The French Studies Minor
The minor in French studies consists of 20 credits numbered FREN 503 or above. No fewer than three courses have to be taken at UNH. No more than one course conducted in English (FREN 525 or 625) will be counted toward the minor. Students entering the minor at FREN 504 or higher will be expected to complete FREN 651 or 652. LLC 791 does not count toward the minor. After completing the five required courses, students submit a “Completion of Minor” form.

Study Abroad in Dijon
The department offers a junior year and semesters abroad at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France (see FREN 690). This program is open to all qualified students at the University of New Hampshire who have completed, with a grade of B- or better, FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652 by the end of the semester preceding their departure. Early consultation with the director of the program is urged. Non-credit orientation meetings are required during the semester prior to departure.

Summer Study in Dijon
This program provides eight weeks of intensive French literature, culture, and civilization courses at the CIEF (Centre International des Etudes Françaises) at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. The course is only open to French double majors who cannot spend a semester abroad for documented reasons. By petition only, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Pre-requisites: FREN 631, 632, 651, and 652. Offered summer only. Special fee. 8 credits.

Teaching Assistantship in France
Each year the French government offers teaching assistantships in a French secondary school to graduating French majors or minors. Applications are accepted during the fall semester.

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