Bachelor of Arts in French

The undergraduate major in French may be completed with an emphasis on language, literature and culture, or teaching. Listed below are the requirements for the BA in French.

All Majors Requirements

FREN:3060 Intro to Reading and Writing in Literature

3 s.h.

FREN:3300 Third-Year French Grammar

3 s.h.

FREN:3020-4020 Oral Expression in French II and III

4 s.h.

7 courses: in language, literature/culture, teaching (see tracks)

21 s.h.

TOTAL

31 s.h.

 

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all major coursework, including all University or Iowa coursework in the major. Majors must maintain portfolios documenting their progress toward attaining the objectives of the French major.

Transfer coursework is acceptable, and students are encouraged to participate in study abroad, but the last two courses in the major ordinarily must be completed at The University of Iowa. Transfer work for application to the major is evaluated on an individual basis by the faculty in charge of Study Abroad.

Upon declaring the major (or later, but before the senior year), students choose an emphasis in one of the following tracks:

Language

FREN:3410 Business French, FREN:4890 Techniques of Translation, and 5 courses in culture/civilization, literature, or language (at least 2 must be above the 4000 level, includes FREN:4890). Of the seven courses, one may be a course taught under the Department's code FREN in English.

Literature and Culture

5 courses in literature and culture plus 2 in literature and culture or language (at least 2 must be above the 009:150 level). Of the seven courses, one may be a course taught under the Department's code FREN in English.

French and Arabic

3 courses in literature and culture, or language (all 3 must be in French, and at least 1 must be above the 4000 level). Two or three courses in Arabic language (must add up to 10 s.h.). Two courses on Middle Eastern Cultures in French or English under the Department's code FREN or approved courses from other departments.

Teaching

4 courses in literature and culture, 3 courses in language, pedagogy, or literature and culture (at least 2 must be above the 4000 level). Of the seven courses, one may be a course taught under the Department's code FREN in English.

French Minor

The minor in French requires 15 s.h. with a GPA of at least 2.00; 12 s.h. must be completed in courses numbered 3000 or above. 9 s.h. must be University of Iowa credit. Credit from the USAC program in Pau and the Study in Montpelier program is counted as University of Iowa Credit; 6 s.h. earned in other programs abroad may be applied to the minor. Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor in French. See Michel Laronde, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Honors Designation

Any course may be designated as an Honors course. Contact the Departmental Honors Adviser in French (Michel Laronde).

Graduation with Honors in the Major

Students graduate with honors in the major by successfully defending an honors thesis or its equivalent in literature, cinema, language, or other French or Francophone cultural practices.

Interested students should see detailed information on honors in the major and contact the Departmental Honors Adviser in French (Michel Laronde) by the beginning of the first semester of their senior year at the latest.

Study Abroad

For advising and other information, see the Department's Study Abroad Director (Michel Laronde) and the Office for Study Abroad in the International Center.

Portfolio

Majors will maintain a portfolio to track their progress in attaining the objectives of the French major.

 

For further information, please visit the Department office at 111 Phillips Hall, call (319) 335-2253, or consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies or an advisor.