French

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-six credits beyond FRN 112 which must include at least four credits from each of these two groups: FRN 301, 371, 372, 377; FRN 350, 354, 355, 356, 360.
    2. Language proficiency must be demonstrated by passing the DELF B2 exam or its equivalent.
    3. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a French speaking country.
    4. Successful completion of English 201.
    5. Write an acceptable reflective paper of moderate length and defend it in open forum.

    Majors may earn honors in the department by writing a quality senior thesis and defending it in open forum.

  • Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-four credits in French, which includes one upper-level course in civilization or literature.
    2. Language proficiency must be demonstrated by passing the DELF B1 exam or its equivalent.
    3. A semester or Spring Term of study in a French-speaking country is highly recommended.
  • Teaching Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-four of Alma’s 36-credit-hour major must be beyond FRN 222 and include at least 4 credits from each of these groups: Civilization — FRN 301, 371, 372, 377; and Literature — FRN 350, 354, 355, 356, 360.
    2. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a French-speaking country.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 (formerly 220) and EDC 445f.
    4. Write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of French, their study abroad experience and how they combine with the mission of a liberal arts education.
    5. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in French as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • Teaching Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-three of Alma’s 24-credit-hour minor must be beyond FRN 222 and include at least four credits from each of these groups: Civilization — FRN 301, 371, 372, 377; and Literature — FRN 350, 354, 355, 356, 360.
    2. A semester or Spring Term of study in a French-speaking country is highly recommended.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 (formerly 220) and EDC 445f.
    4. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in French as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • The course numbers FRN 291-*391, 292-*392, 293-*393, 294-*394, and 295-*395 are reserved for courses taken on College-approved programs of study abroad. Level determined by FRN 222 and placement.
  • Four credits from FRN 112 or higher, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Humanities.

Courses

  • FRN
    111
    .
    Beginning French I
    4
    Introduction to French. Primary objective is to help students acquire necessary basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective is to provide insight on French culture and society.
  • FRN
    112
    .
    Beginnning French II
    4
    FRN-111 or Permission
    Introduction to French. Primary objective is to help students acquire necessary basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective is to provide insight on French culture and society.
  • FRN
    169
    .
    Quebec
    4
    An introduction to the province of Quebec, designed for students with one year of college French or more. Readings cover the history of the province, its political struggles, and its artistic expression. Includes a visit to Montreal, and extended stay at Laval University, museum visitations, and limited excursions. Requires instructor permission. Course fee. Spring term.
  • FRN
    170
    .
    Paris in May
    4
    Provides two academic components: language study and French culture. Students attend a regular language class through Alma College at the Alliance Francais (any level) and study cultural history of Paris through selected readings, directed visits and shows. Requires instructor permission. Course fee. Spring Term.
  • FRN
    207
    .
    French Conversation I
    2
    Extensive class discussion, oral reports, summaries of selected readings and viewing materials to develop fluency in oral expression and comprehension. Reading and discussion of numerous topics, which change each year. May be repeated for up to four credits. Does not count toward the French majors or minors.
  • FRN
    221
    .
    Intermediate French I
    4
    FRN-112 or Placement
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through readings and discussions.
  • FRN
    222
    .
    Intermediate French II
    4
    FRN-221 or Placement
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through readings and discussions.
  • FRN
    255
    .
    French Literature in Translation
    4
    A study of representative literary works in translation from the French canon. Readings/lecture/discussion in English.
  • FRN
    291
    .
    French Language Studies
    2-4
    Further study of grammar and development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • FRN
    292
    .
    Targeted French Language Studies
    2-4
    Targeted study of written French, oral French, or pronunciation.
  • FRN
    293
    .
    Studies in History & Civilization
    2-4
    Topics in French, Francophone, or regional history, culture, art, or film.
  • FRN
    294
    .
    Studies in French & Francophone Lit
    2-4
    Studies in literature on a variety of topics or genres.
  • FRN
    295
    .
    Studies in Business French
    2-4
    Study of business French for commercial communication with the French-speaking world.
  • FRN
    *
    307
    .
    French Conversation II
    2
    Extensive class discussion, oral reports, summaries of selected readings and viewing materials to develop fluency in oral expression and comprehension. Reading and discussion of numerous topics, which change each year. May be repeated for up to four credits. Does not count toward the French majors or minors.
  • FRN
    *
    321
    .
    French Composition & Conversation
    4
    FRN-222
    Advanced composition and conversation with extensive writing and emphasis on speaking skills. Includes reading, discussions and debate on a wide variety of cultural topics.
  • FRN
    *
    350
    .
    Study in French Literature
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Studies in literature which emphasize different centuries, genres or themes. May be taken more than once for credit.
  • FRN
    *
    354
    .
    From Labelle Epoque to the 1990S
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Study of major literary movements and authors of the 20th century.
  • FRN
    *
    355
    .
    History of French Literature I
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Study in French literature from its origins to the late 20th century. Readings from significant works of each literary period.
  • FRN
    *
    356
    .
    History of French Literature II
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Study in French literature from its origins to the late 20th century. Readings from significant works of each literary period.
  • FRN
    *
    360
    .
    Francophone Literature
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Studies in French-speaking, non-European countries’ literatures. Addresses Afro-French literature, French-Caribbean literature, or French-Canadian literature.
  • FRN
    *
    369
    .
    Quebec
    4
    An introduction to the province of Quebec, designed for students with one year of college French or more. Readings cover the history of the province, its political struggles, and its artistic expression. Includes a visit to Montreal, and extended stay at Laval University, museum visitations, and limited excursions. Requires instructor permission. Course fee. Spring term.
  • FRN
    *
    370
    .
    Paris in May
    4
    Provides two academic components: language study and French culture. Students attend a regular language class through Alma College at the Alliance Francais (any level) and study cultural history of Paris through selected readings, directed visits and shows. Requires instructor permission. Course fee. Spring Term.
  • FRN
    *
    371
    .
    History of French Civilization I
    4
    FRN-321 and Permission
    Introduction to French civilization and culture to 1715. Political, social and religious institutions; art, architecture, music and literature.
  • FRN
    *
    372
    .
    History of French Civilization II
    4
    FRN-321 and Permission
    Introduction to French civilization and culture from 1715 to present. Political, social and religious institutions; art, architecture, music and literature.
  • FRN
    *
    377
    .
    Studies in French Film
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Studies in French film, emphasizing the critical analysis of technical and artistic applications, socio-historical contexts and directors’ personal styles.
  • FRN
    *
    380
    .
    Topics in French Language, Lit and Civ
    4
    FRN-321 or Permission
    Various topics such as Afro-French literature and culture, the French novel, the short story, French literary criticism and theory, study of individual authors, social structures in modern France, the press in France, the French educational system, modern French art and others.
  • FRN
    *
    391
    .
    French Language Studies
    2-4
    Further study of grammar and development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • FRN
    *
    392
    .
    Targeted French Language Studies
    2-4
    Targeted study of written French, oral French, or pronunciation.
  • FRN
    *
    393
    .
    Studies in History & Civilization
    2-4
    Topics in French, Francophone, or regional history, culture, art, or film.
  • FRN
    *
    394
    .
    Studies in French & Francophone Lit
    2-4
    Studies in literature on a variety of topics or genres.
  • FRN
    *
    395
    .
    Studies in Business French
    2-4
    Study of business French for commercial communication with the French-speaking world.
  • FRN
    *
    495
    .
    Senior Thesis Part I
    1
    Prior to enrollment in FRN 500. Designed to set the preliminary work toward the senior thesis in motion. Students will be required to work on a bibliography, outline, and prospectus of the forthcoming thesis. Requires instructor permission.
  • FRN
    *
    499
    .
    French Language Independent Study
    4
    Requires senior standing and permission.
  • FRN
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4
    Requires instructor permission.