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Studying French at UW-Stevens Point

For more details, contact Alek Toumi.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

1. Language and Literature

Designed as a traditional study of French, our major provides students with a balanced knowledge of French language, literature, and civilization.

Minimum of twenty-four credit hours of French courses (beyond the 200-level), including French 313, French 314, French 340 – Introduction to French Literature, French 345 – Advanced Composition and Conversation, French 481 – French Culture, one advanced French literature course beyond 340, and two elective French courses at the 300/ 400 level.

2. Cultural Studies

Designed to provide students an understanding of present-day civilization and culture in French-speaking countries.

Minimum of thirty credit hours (beyond the 200-level), including French 313, French 314, French 340 – Introduction to French Literature, French 345 – Advanced Composition and Conversation, one elective French course at the 300/ 400 level, and two French culture courses (French 481 is offered with varying subtitles). – Three courses related to French studies totaling 9 credits taken outside the department to be approved by your department advisor.

Second Majors or Second Degrees with French

To enhance their education and increase their chances for future employment, many students pursue double majors. There virtually is no limit on subjects you can combine with French: another foreign language, history, political science, a business degree, and international studies. If you combine two subjects within the College of Letters and Science (COLS) for a double major, such as French and History, the total number of hours required for graduation will be the same as for a single major (120 hours minimum). A double major normally will not prolong studies beyond the customary four years. If you combine a major in French with a major in another college, for example, French with Wildlife Ecology in the College of Natural Resources, or French and Music, which is in the College of Fine Arts, the number of hours required for graduation is also 120 hours. Although there will be some overlap between both degrees, you have to fulfill both sets of degree requirements. This double degree program is likely to prolong your studies by a semester or even a year. Consult with your advisors for more details.

Curriculum Preparatory to the Teaching of French

1. French Major for Teacher Certification

Minimum of thirty credit hours of French courses (beyond 200-level courses) and Foreign Language Education courses, including French 313, 314, 340 – Introduction to French Literature, French 345 – Advanced Composition and Conversation, Frenc 420 – French Phonetics, French 481 – French Culture and Civilization, one literature course beyond 340, and two electives from literature and culture courses - FLED 333 – Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages - FLED 398 – Student Teaching or FLED 498 – Internship taken concurrently with FELD 400 – Seminar in Student Teaching.

2. French Major with Concentration in Cultural Studies for Teacher Certification

Minimum of thirty-six credit hours of French courses (beyond 200-level courses) and Foreign Language Education courses, including French 313, 314, 340 – Introduction to French Literature, French 345 – Advanced Composition and Conversation, French 420 – French Phonetics, one literature course beyond French 340, and two electives from literature and culture courses - 6 credit hours of French 481 – Frenc Culture and Civilization - 9 credit hours in coursework outside the department, selected with advisor approval. - FLED 333 – Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages - FLED 398 – Student Teaching or FLED 498 – Internship taken concurrently with FELD 400 – Seminar in Student Teaching.

Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French

Consult Maggie Beeber, the certification officer at 469 College of Professional Studies (CPS), for additional information.

NOTE: The state of Wisconsin requires a study abroad experience for French teaching certification.

Minor in French

The minor in French offers students a background in the language through the advanced undergraduate level, an introduction to the study of French literary classics, and knowledge of the history of French culture. See information below for specific requirements, and/ or contact any French professor on campus (Alek Toumi) for more information.

Minimum of 15 credit hours of French courses (beyond 200-level courses), including French 313, 314, 340 – Introduction to French Literature, and a culture or advanced literature course.

Business French (Area of Concentration within Business Administration Major)

The area of concentration in a foreign language provides a cross-cultural experience for students planning to work in international or multicultural environments. The area of concentration emphasizes practical language skills and knowledge of appropriate cultural forms and behavior. The concentration in Business French trains students in different aspects of the French business world and the French economy within the European context. Courses familiarize students with some of the essential vocabulary of French business language as it is used in basic operations in retail/ wholesale, export/ import, and banking transactions.

Minimum of 20 credit hours of French courses including French 211, 212, 313, 314, 340 – Introduction to French Literature, and French 355 – Business French.

Suggested Four Year Sequence

The Department of Foreign Languages encourages students to graduate in four years. The suggested four year sequence provide a suggested sequence of courses that illustrate how a student could successfully complete a Foreign Languages major or minor in 4 years. Please consult with and advisor when planning your major or minor.