French Program  
 

 

Degrees/Courses

 
Course Descriptions Four Year Advising Plan for French Majors and Minors (pdf)
Projected French Courses (pdf) Equivalent AQ Credit for CIDEF-UCO Courses at Angers, France (pdf)
 

Degrees

Major Requirements
A total of 33 semester hours (exclusive of 101 and 102) including FH301 and FH302 are required. For a French Language and Culture emphasis, FH325, 327 and 401 are required. For a French for Professions Emphasis, FL405 and FH413 and 415 are required.
 
Students seeking to major in French must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B (3.0) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the major requirement. Overseas language study is strongly recommended for all majors. At least 18 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad. Aquinas College conducts a variety of Study Abroad programs representing the languages offered by the department. Participants in study abroad programs remain registered at Aquinas College and the student’s financial aid package may be applied in full.
 
All French majors and students who wish to enroll in FH496 and/or FH497 must demonstrate proficiency at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standard of Advanced-Low in Writing and Speaking through examination in FH301 and 302. This standard may equally be met by French students who pass the DELF B2 (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française), or the DFP Affaires B2 (Diplôme de Français professionnel Affaires).
 

Students transferring credits for FH301 and/or 302 from other institutions will be required to take a proficiency exam. Students must consult with the department chair to arrange the proficiency exam.

 
Education Students:

Students seeking Elementary and/or Secondary Michigan teacher certification must have a major in French. In French, students can obtain a Secondary Certification (6-12). Candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours of the language beyond FH202, including FH301 and 302, and seven additional advanced-level FH courses. Please contact an Education Department advisor for details.


FH496 (Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary and Middle School, K-8) and FH497 (Methodology of Teaching Modern Languages in the Secondary School, 9–12) are required of all students seeking teacher certification in French. These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. The French Program works closely with the International Studies Department to obtain a Bachelor or Arts degree in International Studies and the Business Department to obtain a Bachelor in International Business Degree. Please see appropriate Department Chairs for details.

 
Minor Requirements

A minor in French may be obtained by completing 21 credit hours (exclusive of 101 and 102 in French) including FH301 and FH302.

For French at least one of the following advanced course is required (FH 401, 413 or 415).

 
At least 12 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad. Students seeking to minor in French must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation time, the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B– (2.7) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the minor requirement. The language minor is not available to those students seeking teacher certification.
 
Certification in Business French
Aquinas College is an approved examination center of the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Students may take the Diplôme de Français professionnel Affaires B 2 de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris at Aquinas College (www.francais.CCIP.fr). This French diploma, identical to the one taken in France, is highly respected in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Students who succeed in obtaining this certificate have an in-depth knowledge of the French language and can work in any business-related field. The following course sequence prepares students for the certification in Business French: FH101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 and 413.
 

Courses

FH101 First Semester French (4)
Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and the culture of France and Francophone countries. Prerequisite: None.

 

FH102 Second Semester French (4)
Continuation and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further exposure to the culture of the countries. Prerequisite: C- or higher in 101 or equivalent.

 

FH201 Third Semester French(4)
Expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in 102 or equivalent.

 

FH202 Fourth Semester French(4)
Further expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in FH201 or equivalent.

 

FH301 Advanced Composition and Grammar Review (4)
Strong emphasis on reading, writing, and grammar review. Students approach writing as a process. Different writing genres are explored, including description, narration, exposition, argumentation and literary analysis. Students study and critique model compositions, and practice the composition process in stages.

 

FH302: Advanced Oral Communication (3)
Emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension through discussion of current issues. Prerequisite: C or higher in FH202 or equivalent.

 

FH310 Special Topics (Variable)
Variable topics offered on an occasional basis. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

 

FH/HY320 Modern France (3)
Survey of French History focusing on the French Revolution, the Bourbon Restoration, the July Monarchy, the Second Republic and the Second Empire, the Third Republic, Occupied France, the Fourth Republic, the Gaullist Revolution, after De Gaulle: Pompidou and Giscard and from "La Grande Alternance" to "Normalisation". Particular emphasis will be given to the role of political memory, the contribution of women and the impact of colonialism and post- colonialism. Students taking the course for French credit will do reading and writing in French. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent.

 

FH325 Culture and Civilization of France (3)
Taught in French, dealing with the history, society, ideas and major works of literature from the Middle Ages through the Fourth Republic. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent.

 

FH327 Contemporary France (3)
Taught in French. Study of contemporary institutions, society, politics, and culture. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent.

 

FH/SY370: Service Learning (3)
This interdisciplinary course prepares students for their experience abroad. The academic preparation helps us understand concepts of service and social justice. We analyze art, socio-political movements, and history regarding the people we will encounter. Those students taking this course for language credit will write their journal entries and essays in that target language. Pre –rec for SH 370 is SH301 and SY370 is instructor approval. There is a mandatory travel component and student course fee to fulfill participation within this course.

 

FH398 Advanced Readings in French (Variable)
Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topics established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.

 

FH399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually negotiated project of defined nature that is established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.

 

FH401: Seminar in French Studies (3)
Variable topics in French literature and culture, in seminar form for students with advanced skills in French reading and speaking. Credits may be earned under different seminar content. Prerequisites: FH 301 and 302 or equivalent

 

FH413 French for Professions (3)
This content-based language course, taught in French, introduces economic, business and professional terminology through the study of the following topics: financial institutions (banking, stock market, and insurance); business practices (business letters and resumes); trade and advertising; the internal structure and legal forms of French companies. One of the other goals of this course is to also prepare the students to take one of the exams offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry: the Diplôme de Français Professionnel, Affaires, B2 (www.francais.CCIP.fr). This exam will be held on campus in December. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: FH 301 or equivalent. No business background necessary.

 

FH415 French Translation: Concepts and Practice (3)
Introduction to methods, techniques, and problems involved in translating from French into English. Emphasis is on the practice of translating general materials with some consideration for the translation of specialized materials, such as subtitles. The course will also involve the discussion of translation problems, recognition of appropriate solutions, and the use of specific translation strategies in French to English translation. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent.

 

FH497 Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School, 9–12 (3)
These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: FH301 and 302 or equivalent.

 

FH499 Study Abroad (Variable)
Prerequisite: A French major or minor.