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Global French Studies Majors and Minors

MAJORS
MINORS



A NOTE ON DECLARING A GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES MAJOR AND MINOR

In order to declare a Global French Studies major or minor, the student should fulfill the following requirement:

•Pass French 250 (French IV) with a grade of C+ or better.


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.

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MINOR
MINOR: Two Ways to Complete a Global French Studies Minor in 2 years

The Global French Studies minor consists of two options:

  • A. The Global French Studies minor option, with the option of an internship
  • B. The French-Arabic Studies minor option

A. 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

  • Work on projects in the village
  • Tutor the children after school
  • Do ministry work with the children
  • Use French and English as their main languages

For more information, see : http://www.nibakure.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/Nibakure/photos_stream)

B. The French-Arabic Studies minor option consists of a minimum of 12 credits of courses numbered 280 or higher that include the following:

  • Two French courses at the 300 level (FREN 343 or FREN 344 at Hope and a 300-level course in one of the off-campus programs listed below; or FREN 343 and FREN 344 at Hope): 8 credits
  • A minimum of one course in Arabic (ARAB 101 at Hope or in one of the off-campus programs listed below): 4 credits (since all courses in the off-campus programs are 3 credits, an additional credit must be taken as an independent; the student will write a journal of his/her experiences in the off-campus program)

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.

The off-campus programs are described here (pdf).
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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.

This would entail completing French 101 (French I), French 102 (French II), and French 201 (French III) at Hope, followed by either a semester or summer abroad in France, Switzerland, Belgium or a francophone country in Africa on one of our intermediate level language programs (during which students can also satisfy certain general education requirements) OR by taking French 250 (French IV) at Hope. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will then be required to take a final proficiency exam to evaluate their overall comprehension of French and ability to effectively communicate in the language. Students are expected to take the exam either upon their return to Hope from a French language program abroad, or at the end of the semester during which they are enrolled in French 250. Results of the exam, including an official proficiency rating, will then be provided to the student - a great addition to their CV/resume no matter what field they are going into!

For further information, please consult Professors Guernsey, Hamon-Porter, or Larsen
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GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES / DANCE MAJOR GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES MINOR / 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.
During the term in Paris, a Global French Studies / Dance Major and a French Minor / Dance Major will take the following required courses:

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):

  • Ballet with one of the three following instructors: Yves Casati; Ghislain de Compreignac; Daniella Rajchman; Katalin Csarnoy; or Béatrice Herbout
  • Modern (Graham Technique) with Georges Gatecloud dit Bellecroix
  • Modern Jazz – Advanced with Mikael
  • Flamenco Sevillanes with Patricio Martin
  • Danse Baroque with Edith Lalonger…………………………………………4 credits

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:

  • FS346 French Cinema & Society (Fall, Spring)……………………………...3 credits
  • AH320 The French Artistic Milieu in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Fall) …….3 credits
  • AH306 Art and Architecture in Paris (Spring)……………………………….3 credits
  • Literature/Theater (choice of one course)…………………………………….3 credits
The Fine arts requirement in Hope’s Core Curriculum may be fulfilled by taking an Art History and a Culture Studies class (fall) or an Art History and Film Studies class (spring). Cultural Heritage II may be fulfilled by taking a history and a literature course in Paris, or a history or literature course in Paris supplemented by either one at Hope.

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GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES MAJOR / 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:

  • French Immersion Courses at the IES and the CIEE centers in Paris, Nantes, Rennes, and Dakar
  • French courses at the local universities
  • Housing in local homes as well as independent housing
  • Field trips connected with the IES and CIEE programs Internships
The Fine Arts I requirement in Hope’s Core Curriculum may be fulfilled by taking an art history, OR theatre history OR music history class abroad.
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.


To visit the Study Abroad page, please click here
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GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES MAJOR / 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:

  • Management and Economics courses available at the local universities
  • Management courses available at IES Paris, Business and International Affairs, a leading business program
  • Selected internships available at IES Paris for students with advanced French language skills
  • Housing in local homes
  • Field trips connected with the IES programs

Students interested in this combination should contact a French and a Management professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.


To visit the Study Abroad page, please click here
Click here for a printable Major Declaration Formhttp://www.hope.edu/academic/language/french/img/icones/pdf.png


GLOBAL FRENCH STUDIES MAJOR / EDUCATION MAJOR

French Teaching 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.

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THE 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. 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.

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FRENCH / COMMUNICATION DOUBLE MAJOR

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 38 credits for a communication major and 28 credits of courses 280 and above for a Global French Studies major.

1. The requirements for a communication major include the following: COMM 101, 140, 151, 160 COMM 260, 280 4 credits with COMM 451 or COMM 460 or COMM 495 required

2. The requirements for the French major include the following: Fr 311 French Grammar and Phonetics or Fr 313 French Conversation; Fr 344 French and Francophone Cultures or Fr 343 Contemporary France

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.

  • During the term in IES Paris, a Communication/French Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- FR371 or 373 Advanced French Language (F/S)
    -- CM 325 Democracy and the Media (Spring)
  • During the term in CIEE Rennes, a Communication/ French Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language (F/S)
    -- Introduction to the French Press (Intermediate level)
    -- French Civilization: the French Press (Advanced level: Spring)
  • During the term in CIEE Paris Critical Studies, a Communication/French Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language (F/S)
    -- PHIL 3004 PCCS Film Studies and Media
    -- CIN 3002 PCCS The Spectacle of the Century (Fall)
  • During the term in CIEE Paris Contemporary French Studies, a Communication/ French Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language (F/S)
    -- ANTH 3001 PCFS Intercultural Communication (Fall)

The Fine arts requirement in Hope’s Core Curriculum may be fulfilled by taking an art class and a literature class.

Cultural Heritage II may be fulfilled by taking a history and a literature course in Paris or Rennes or a history or literature course in Paris or Rennes, supplemented by either one at Hope College.
The programs offer the following special features:

    1. French Immersion Courses at the IES and the CIEE centers in Paris and Rennes
    2. French courses at the local universities
    3. Housing with families as well as independent housing
    4. Field trips
    5. Internships

Students interested in this double major should contact a Communication and a French professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.

To visit the Study Abroad page, please click here
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FRENCH / ART HISTORY DOUBLE 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.

1. The requirements for the Art History Major include the following: ART 111 (4 credits, F or S), 16 credits of ART 231, 232, 233, 241, 242, and 295, at least 8 credits of ART 360, 361, or 399, 2 credits of studio art, upon returning from study abroad, the student must take ART 494.

2. The requirements for the French Major include one (or more) of the following: FR 311 (F) or FR 341 or FR 342 (F), or FR 343 (S), or FR 344 (S)

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.

  • During the term in Paris, a French / Art History Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language and Culture (F/S)
    -- AH305 History of Architecture in Paris I (F) or AH320 Artistic Institutions in France (F) (AHE ART)
    -- AH275 Paris Museums / Arrêt sur l’oeuvre (S) (AHE ART) (Art 295 or Paris ART 360 May)
    -- or AH 304 History of Modern Art (S) (AHE ART)
    -- or AH306 Art and Architecture in Paris (S) (AHE ART)
  • During the term in Nantes, a French/History Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language and Composition (F/S)
    -- AH313 French Classicism: Art and Architecture (F) (AHE ART)
    -- AH314 French 19th and 20th Century Art (S) (AHE ART)
  • During the term in Rennes, a French / Art History Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- French Language (F/S)
    -- Art History (F/S) (AHE ART)
    (This course examines and analyzes the Impressionist movement as a precursor to 20th century art. Students learn how to analyze a painting according to aesthetic and sociohistorical criteria)
  • For Advanced French Students only:
    -- History of Art and Architecture: Brittany (F) (AHE ART)
    (This course focuses on Breton architecture, with special emphasis on examples in Rennes)
    -- or History of Modern Art (F) (AHE ART)
    (This course begins with an examination of major avant-garde movements of the early 20th century including Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Dada)
    -- History of Art and Architecture: Medieval and Renaissance (S) (AHE ART)
    -- or History of Contemporary Art (S) (AHE ART)

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.

  • During the term in Paris, a French / Art History Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- Advanced French Language and Culture (F/S)
    -- AH/AF315 African Art: From Its Discovery to Its Appreciation as a Sophisticated Art Form (F) (AHE ART)
    -- AH/AF433 Islamic Art (S) (AHE ART)
  • During the term in Dakar (Senegal), a French / Art History Double Major will take the following required courses:
    -- French Language (F/S) 3 credits
    -- Arts and Culture Seminar (F/S) 6 credits (AHE ART)
    (Workshops in traditional and modern Senegalese dance and djembe. Choice of additional workshops in batik, ceramics, bronze sculpture, in traditional Senegalese instruments as the kora, tama, and djembe).

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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.

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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:

  • a 3.8 GPA in the major
  • read a supplementary text selected by the student and the professor of the 300- and / or 400-level course for which the student has registered
  • accountability in keeping a journal or notes of the supplementary reading
  • researching and writing more extensive papers