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Global French Studies Major
Global French Studies Major
FRENCH, RANKED SECOND MOST IMPORTANT LANGUAGE FOR BUSINESS ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG RANKINS, IS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE, SPOKEN ON FIVE CONTINENTS / REGIONS OF THE WORLD (EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AMERICA).
By studying French, you are preparing yourself for a global professional experience allowing you to work for international organizations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, the State department, businesses with a global outreach, the mission field, and much more!
The Global French Studies program is designed for the student who wishes to acquire a thorough linguistic preparation combined with an extensive background in French and Francophone cultures and literatures.
The Global French Studies Major consists of a minimum of 28 credits of courses numbered 280 or higher. The major must include a minimum of two 400-level courses. Students who study in France or in a Francophone country for one semester should plan on taking the 400-level courses upon their return. Students who study in France or in a Francophone country for two semesters may take only one 400-level course upon their return and be excused from the second 400-level course. A maximum of 12 credits in French from off-campus study may be applied toward the major. Those wishing to pursue graduate level study in French literature are advised to take French 493, or English 480 (Introduction to Literary Theory), during their senior year.
Global French Studies/ Dance Major
Students majoring in Global French Studies / Dance or minoring in Global French Studies and majoring in Dance will attend the Paris IES program, in conjunction with the School of Dance of Paris (École de Danse du Marais), during one of the following three semesters: Fall of Junior year, Spring of Junior year, or Fall of Senior year.
1. French Language course (4 credits): FR 302, or 353, or 401 (Fall, Spring) ………4 credits
2. At the Dance School (1 credit each, twice a week):
The student will keep a journal on the dance classes taken. Hope’s Dance faculty will determine in advance the length and nature of the journal.
3. In addition to the above, a French /Dance Major and a French Minor / Dance Major must take two electives such:
Global French Studies/ History Major
In addition to on-campus courses in French and History, students interested in a major in French / History should plan for a semester in Paris or Nantes for the Global French Studies / History Major and Rennes or Dakar (Senegal) for the Francophone Studies / History Major. These programs, administered by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Paris and Nantes, and the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Rennes and Dakar (Senegal), will prepare a student for a variety of fields including international law, politics, journalism, the foreign service, business, market research analysis, teaching at the high school and college levels. The program offers the following special features:
Students planning to fulfill their Cultural Heritage II requirement abroad must take both history and literature abroad. To fulfill Cultural Heritage I they must take on campus either IDS 171 or Phil 230 (Ancient Philosophy).
Students interested in this major should contact a French and a History professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.
Global French Studies/ Management Major
In addition to on-campus courses in French and Business/Economics, students interested in a major in Global French Studies and a major in Management will spend a semester or a full year in Nantes or Paris. These programs offer the following special features:
Students interested in this combination should contact a French and a Management professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.
Global French Studies/ Education Major
Those wishing to pursue teaching at the secondary level are advised that the State of Michigan requires Education 388 and 389 and 32 credits of French courses numbered 311 and above (including Linguistics 364) to obtain certification. Such students are also required to pass a language proficiency exam (written and oral) at the advanced low level before graduating. In addition, they must spend at least one semester in a French-speaking country. Students are advised to take the language proficiency exam right after their return from the study abroad program. Students planning to teach a foreign language in grades K-12 must meet all requirements of the Department of Education upon being formally admitted to the Teacher Education program (see Department of Education website), in addition to those of the language department.
Global French Studies/ Communication Major
The student will complete 38 credits for a communication major and 28 credits of courses 280 and above for a Global French Studies major.
Upon returning from study abroad, the student must take two 400-level courses. However, if the student has studied abroad for two terms, the student needs to take only one 400-level class.
Students majoring in Communication and French will attend one of the following four programs in France: IES Paris, CIEE Rennes, CIEE Paris Critical Studies, or CIEE Paris Contemporary French Studies.
The Fine arts requirement in Hope’s Core Curriculum may be fulfilled by taking an art class and a literature class.
Students interested in this double major should contact a Communication and a French professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.
Global French Studies/ Art History Major
This program consists of a major in Art History and a major in Global French Studies. The common portion of the program is the required semester abroad. Courses toward fulfilling the majors must be taken on campus both before and after going abroad.
The student will complete 34 credits for an art history major and 28 credits of courses numbered 280 and above for a Global French Studies major.
Upon returning from one semester of study abroad, the student should plan on taking two 400-level class seminars. Students who study in France or a francophone country for two semesters may take only one 400-level class seminar. A maximum of 12 credits from off-campus study may be applied toward the French major.
Students majoring in French and in Art History with a concentration in FRENCH STUDIES will attend one of the following three programs in France: Paris IES, Nantes IES, or Rennes CIEE. Art History equivalency at Hope is marked as AHE.
Students majoring in French / Art History with a concentration on FRANCOPHONE STUDIES may attend one of the following two programs in France: Paris IES or Dakar (Senegal) SIT.
Global French Studies Major with a Focus on Africa
The Global French Studies Major with a focus on Africa consists of a minimum of 28 credits of courses numbered 280 or higher. The major must include a minimum of two 400-level courses. Students who study in a Francophone country in Africa for one semester should plan on taking the 400-level courses upon their return. Students who study in a Francophone country in Africa for two semesters may take only one 400-level course upon their return and be excused from the second 400-level course. A maximum of 12 credits in French from off-campus study may be applied toward the major.
The student may elect to do a May-June internship at the Nibakure Children’s Village in Rwanda. This 4-credit internship will replace one 300-level course. The internship may be done in combination with the Studies in Ministry Minor.
It is strongly suggested that the student take History 321 (S), or History 280 (F), or Political Science 305 (every other year) before doing the internship.
Global French Studies Minor
Global French Studies Minor
The Global French Studies minor option consists of a minimum of 12 credits of courses numbered 280 or higher. The student may opt for a 4-credit May-June internship at the Nibakure Children’s Village in Rwanda which may replace one 300-level course.
(Nibakure Children’s Village, located in Nyamata, Rwanda, some thirty minutes southeast of the capital Kigali, houses currently nineteen orphans living onsite and another eight supported by the surrounding community. Interning students live in the village and have the opportunity to
French-Arabic Studies Minor
The French-Arabic Studies minor option consists of a minimum of 12 credits of courses numbered 280 or higher that include the following:
One semester at an off-campus program in Morocco or Tunisia where courses are taught in Arabic, English, and French. Students can fulfill core requirements while studying at one of these programs.
Global French Studies Teaching Minor
The French Teaching Minor consists of a minimum of 20 credit hours of French courses numbered 311 and above (including Linguistics 364) in order to obtain certification. Such students are also required to pass a language proficiency exam (written and oral) at the advanced low level before graduating. In addition, study abroad for a minimum of 8 weeks is strongly recommended in order for students to pass the language proficiency exam. If students study abroad, they are advised to take the language proficiency exam right after their return from the study abroad program.
More Global French Studies Opportunities
Global French Studies Honors Program
The Global French Honors Program challenges majors to attain a wider knowledge and a deeper understanding than is required for the major, in terms of reading, writing, and thinking about French culture, history, literature, and the arts.
A central objective of the program is supplementary reading selected in consultation with the professor of the 300- and / or 400-level course in which the student is registered. This reading can include supplementary literary text(s), historical and art-related document(s), and news or scholarly articles that give a greater understanding of the course topic(s).
A second objective is developing the use of a journal or a note card system to track the student’s responses to the reading. This allows the student to monitor his / her intellectual and personal growth. It provides a basis for discussion of the supplementary reading with the professor of the course.
A final objective is to foster higher-level research skills and writing done in close collaboration with the supervising professor. The student will consult a greater number of sources and write a longer research paper than are normally required for the course.
In addition, the Global French Honors Program is designed to encourage intellectual exchange among students. Honors students will regularly attend the French Cultural Studies Colloquium, which hosts several visiting speakers per year. They will participate in the co-curricular French program, including the film series and events at the French House.
To attain “Honors” status, the major must take at least one 300-level course and one 400-level seminar class or two 400-level seminar classes with supplementary readings and writing. For each of these courses, the student reads at least one extra text and writes a research paper of 12 pages or more for a 300-level class and a research paper of 16 pages or more for a 400-level class.
To earn the Global French Studies major “With Honors,” a student needs to achieve the following:
French Proficiency Assessment- Intermediate Levels
We understand that not all students may have time to major or minor in French given the rigors and demands of already busy schedules, but we would nevertheless like to encourage those with a sincere interest in the language to go beyond satisfying the general education requirement to attain proficiency in French at the intermediate level.
For further information, please consult Professors Guernsey, Hamon-Porter, or Larsen