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Courses and programs in French are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.
The following programs are available in French: Honours, a major, a minor, a concentration, study abroad, and a certificate of proficiency. The Department offers a balanced program involving courses in language, culture and literature.
Those with a solid background in French, especially Francophones or those having attended a French school, are to begin their studies with courses beyond Intermediate French Level I (FREN 2235)/Intermediate French Level II (FREN 2236) This condition may also apply to certain high school immersion graduates. Native, near-native, or fluent speakers of French may not enroll in courses at the 2000 level or below. Courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels cannot be taken concurrently.
Intermediate French Level I (FREN 2235) is the normal starting point for majors. High school graduates having completed the “Core” program should enroll in Basic University French Level I (FREN 2201). Students who have taken French at another university are asked to consult with the Chairperson before registering.
Students are required to do the online Placement Test (on Departmental Website) in order to find the course that best suits their needs. Students having previously taken Beginners' French Level I (FREN 1111) and Beginners' French Level II (FREN 1112) or Basic University French Level I (FREN 2201) and Basic University French Level II (FREN 2202) at Saint Mary’s are not required to take the placement test.
Students interested in doing a Major or a Minor in French or in teaching French as a career are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Department on course selection and teacher training programs as early as possible.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
A major in French normally consists of at least forty-two (42) credit hours in French beyond Basic University French Level II (FREN 2202) with the following requirements:
To obtain a concentration in French in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General Degree (i.e. one with a Double Arts Concentration and a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours), a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in French is required. At most 6 credit hours can be at the 1000 level. Also, the minimum grade point average is 2.00.
All prospective honours students should refer to the section of this Calendar pertaining to honours degrees. Students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 can apply to the Registrar for admission to the honours program after having satisfied the requirements of the major program. In addition to the overall grade point average of 3.00 requirement, prospective honors students are expected to have demonstrated a B+ (or 3.3 of GPA out of 4.3) cumulative average in the French major program.
Honours degrees consist of sixty (60) credit hours. Beyond the requirements for the French major, eighteen (18) additional credit hours in French are required:
Other than Advanced French Language Skills I (FREN 3307), Advanced French Language Skills II (FREN 3308), Introduction to Literature Written in French, I (FREN 3350) and Introduction to Literature Written in French, II (FREN 3351).
The Chair of the Department will direct students to the appropriate faculty member with whom they will discuss the topic and the nature of the Honours essay. The deadline for such a meeting is May 31, prior to the year of entry into the program. For additional detail regarding Honours guidelines, please go to the department webpage.
A minor in French consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours. Students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at the 2000 level or above and a minimum of three (3) credit hours at the 3000 level. Students also have the option of counting a maximum of three (3) credit hours of French culture courses delivered in English towards the minor.
This study abroad program consists of two semesters: a Fall semester (October - January), and a Spring semester (February – June), during which course work in language, culture and literature is offered. One-month programs are also available in the summer during the months of July, August, and September. These are strictly language courses. Students who successfully complete their programs receive credit recognition at Saint Mary’s University: fifteen (15) credit hours per semester and six (6) credit hours each for the months of July, August or September. To be eligible to participate in this Study Abroad program, students must have the approval of the Coordinator of the program, and must have a CGPA of 2.00 or above. Although students will take a placement test upon their arrival in France, it is strongly advised that they complete at least six (6) credit hours in French at Saint Mary’s in the year prior to their departure.
Information sessions about the Study Abroad program will be held in the months of October and February every year. Please inquire at the secretary’s office, 902-420-5808.
With the Department’s approval, a student may undertake a year of study at another French-speaking university.
This certificate confirms that the student has earned twenty-four (24) credit hours beyond Beginners' French Level II (FREN 1112), with at least twelve (12) of these being at the 3000 level or above. In addition, the student must have passed an oral and written examination and, in so doing, has demonstrated an acceptable level of proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students interested in the certificate program should consult with the Chairperson in order to determine their program of study and to register for the examination which is usually given in the spring. The student’s transcript will bear an entry signifying that the certificate has been awarded.
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