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Grand Valley State University    
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    
 
  Jul 19, 2018
 
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in French


Requirements for a Major in French


Students majoring in French are required to complete 36 hours beyond the FRE 202 course, including the core curriculum courses (FRE 301, 304, 306, 307), and FRE 495. A student must have completed the core or be completing it the semester he or she enrolls in advanced courses. FRE 495 must be taken in the last year preceding graduation.

Upon successful completion of the core curriculum, students must elect one of three emphases: literature, linguistics, or civilization.

Literature Emphasis


For the literature emphasis, students must complete:

Linguistics Emphasis


For the linguistics emphasis, students must complete:

Additional Courses


Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one of the following:

Civilization Emphasis


For the civilization emphasis, students must complete:

Additional Courses


Students are encouraged to take at least one of the following:

Electives


In addition to the above, all students must complete four elective courses at the 300 and 400 level, at least two of which have a focus on literature. Students should take careful note of the prerequisites for their chosen courses. Elective courses should be pre-approved by a faculty advisor.

Students seeking to pursue a graduate degree are advised to complete a minor or major in a second language. All majors (and minors seeking teaching certification) should complete a study abroad program.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in French


Suggested order of coursework for students without prior language background:

Students entering GVSU with previous experience in French may start French courses at the 200 or 300 level, based on a placement exam, CLEP or AP credits, or consultation with a member of the Modern Languages and Literature department.

Requirements for a Certificate in Secondary Education


Students majoring in French Secondary Education are required to complete 39 hours beyond the FRE 202 course. Students must first complete the French core curriculum: FRE 304, FRE 307, FRE 306, and FRE 301. Other required courses include FRE 314, FRE 355, three courses in their chosen emphasis (see below), and three or four electives at the 300- or 400-level (depending on student’s chosen emphasis – see below). Students must have completed the core or be completing it the semester they enroll in advanced courses. Finally, students must take FRE 495 in the last year preceding graduation.

Note: If students choose the linguistics emphasis, for which FRE 355 is already a requirement, they will be required to take a total of four electives at the 300- or 400-level to fulfill the 39-credit requirement for the secondary education major.

Linguistics Emphasis


Electives


Electives (4) at the 300- or 400- level: at least 2 in literature and one at the 400-level.

Literature or Civilization Emphasis


Electives


3 Electives at the 300- or 400-level: at least 2 in literature and one at the 400-level.

Michigan Department of Education and Grand Valley's College of Education Requirement


It is a requirement of the Michigan Department of Education and Grand Valley’s College of Education that teacher candidates achieve the Advanced-Low level on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in French before student teaching. Information sessions on the OPI and other requirements for certification are provided each semester. Students interested in pursuing a teaching degree in French are urged to meet with a French advisor as early as possible. Students planning to teach French are strongly encouraged to study abroad before taking the OPI.