French (FREN)College of Arts and Humanities
3106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Professors: J. Brami, C. Mossman, V. Orlando
Associate Professors: S. Benharrech, H. Campangne, A. Frisch, M. Scullen
Assistant Professors: M. Baillargeon
Lecturers: E. Lozinsky
Professors Emeriti: B. Fink, M. Hage, R. Tarica, P. Verdaguer
The undergraduate major in French (FREN) is centered on the study of the French language and the literatures and cultures of the French and Francophone people. Our faculty members teach a wide variety of courses in culture, literature, linguistics, stylistics, cinema, civilization, contemporary France, and women's studies.
Students who complete the requirements for the major can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand French at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers, to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the French-speaking world, and to be culturally sensitive members of society.
Students of French have the option of living in the Language House. University faculty-led programs in Nice (semester or year-long) and Montpellier (summer) are offered by the Department, and all students majoring in French are encouraged to participate in either or both of these programs as an integral part of their curriculum. Students may also consider a double major in French and another discipline, such as arts and humanities majors, business, international relations, economics, or journalism.
Students can satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement by taking the appropriate French language course sequence (103>203), or by taking a higher level French course.
Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially, i.e., 103, 203, 204, 250, etc. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.
Advanced students of French may substitute 300- or 400-level electives for FREN204, 250, or 301, in consultation with the Advisor.
Placement in Courses
Requirements for the Major
Required courses (36 credits):
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)
This 18-credit minor will provide students with a solid overview of linguistic, cultural and literary aspects of the study of French.
Courses required for the minor, in this order, are:
FREN204, FREN250, FREN301
Following completion of this core sequence, students will choose two courses from the following:
FREN302 or FREN303
*Starting in Fall 2013 one 4xx-level elective is now required for completion of the minor in French studies.
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Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.