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French Literary and Cultural Studies Program

Bienvenue aux études françaises et francophones à l’Université de l’Utah ! Our program is designed to introduce students to the language, literature, arts, and cultures of the French-speaking world. Whether you major or minor in French Studies, your curriculum begins with intensive grammar and progresses through the cultural history of l’Hexagone (France) and many of the more than 50 other nations today that use the French language.

MASTERS

French (MA)
French with Licensure (MA)
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Majors

French (BA)
French Teaching (BA)

Minors

French
French Teaching

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French Majors

Students majoring in French will gain a deeper understanding of French and Francophone cultures through the study of language, literature, and society. A degree (BA) in French Teaching is also available. Students should declare their major at least two semesters before their expected graduation date.

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FRENCH MAJOR FRENCH TEACHING MAJOR FRENCH MAJOR - BRIDGE STUDENTS

French Major (BA)

Required Courses

36 Total Credits

Completed at least 1 of the following

WLC2010 Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture (3)
WLC2020 Language in Society (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH3040 Intensive French Grammar (3)
FRNCH3060 Advanced French Grammar (3)

Earned at least 15 credits from the following

FRNCH3050 French Language and Culture in Context (3)
FRNCH3330 French Study Abroad (1 - 6)
FRNCH3600 French Conversation (1)
FRNCH3800 French Literature in Translation (3)
FRNCH3900 French Popular Culture (3)
FRNCH3910 Special Topics (3)
FRNCH3940 Community Engaged Learning (3)
FRNCH4510 French Business and Current Issues (3)
FRNCH4514 French to English Translation (3)
FRNCH4515 French Translation: Theory and Practice (3)
FRNCH4550 French Culture and Civilization (3)
FRNCH4560 Topics in French Cultural Studies (3)
FRNCH4570 Francophone Cultures (3)

Completed the following

FRNCH4600 Introduction to Literary Analysis(3)

Completed at least 3 of the following

FRNCH4610 Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3)
FRNCH4620 Early Modern French Studies (3)
FRNCH4630 Nineteenth-Century French Studies (3)
FRNCH4640 Twentieth and Twenty-first C. French Studies (3)
FRNCH4650 Francophone Studies (3)
FRNCH4900 Special Topics (3)

Practicum

Completed one practicum (3) - see Advisor for options

Minimum Degree Hours

122 Total Credits

Minimum Major Hours

36 Total Credits

All classes must be passed with a C or better
Students must take at least 15 credits of the major in residence at the University of Utah

French Teaching Major (BA)

Required Courses

39 - 61 Total Credits

Completed at least 1 of the following

WLC2010 Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture (3)
WLC2020 Language in Society (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH3040 Intensive French Grammar (3)
FRNCH3060 Advanced French Grammar (3)

Earned at least 6 credits from the following

FRNCH3330 French Study Abroad (1 - 6)
FRNCH4510 French Business and Current Issues (3)
FRNCH4550 French Culture and Civilization (3)
FRNCH4560 Topics in French Cultural Studies (3)
FRNCH4570 Francophone Cultures (3)

Completed the following

FRNCH3910 Special Topics (3)
FRNCH4600 Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)

Earned at least 6 credits from the following

FRNCH4610 Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3)
FRNCH4620 Early Modern French Studies (3)
FRNCH4630 Nineteenth-Century French Studies (3)
FRNCH4640 Twentieth and Twenty-first C. French Studies (3)
FRNCH4900 Special Topics (3)

Completed the following

WLC5410 L2 Methodology (3)
WLC5015 Foundations of Dual Language Immersion (3)

Practicum

Completed one practicum (3) - see Advisor for options

Oral Proficiency Interview

See Advisor

Secondary Teacher Licensure Required Courses

First Year

Completed the following

EDU1010 Introduction to Teaching (3)
ECS2150 Introduction to Multicultural Education (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

ED PS3721 Child Development and Learning: Understanding Adolescents Grades 7 - 12 (3)
PSY1230 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
FCS5230 Adolescence (3)

Second YEAR

Completed the following

EDU5200 Teacher Language Awareness (3)
ED PS5151 Educational Applications of Technology in Grades 6-12 (3)
SP ED5012 Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Secondary Classrooms (3)
SP ED5021 Principles of Assessment & Data-Based Decision Making (3)
SP ED5022 Principles of Instruction & Behavioral Support (3) 

Third YEAR 

Completed the following

ECS5645 Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)
ECS5709 Building Family-School Partnerships for Youth Success (3)

Fourth YEAR 

Completed the following

EDU5490 Field Practicum: Secondary (3)
EDU5201 Teaching Practices, Ethics, and Professional Development (1)
EDU5491 Professional Development and Teacher Research (1 - 12)
EDU5495 Student Teaching: Secondary (1 - 12)

Optional ESL Endorsement

Completed the following 

ECS5647 Instructional Methods for Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)

 

Minimum Degree Hours

122 Total Credits

Minimum Major Hours

72 Total Credits

All classes must be passed with a C or better
Students must take at least 15 credits of the major in residence at the University of Utah
Completing this major does not give you a teaching license. In order to recieve a teaching license, students will need to complete the Secondary Teacher Licensure coursework. This may increase the minimum degree hours.

French Minors

Minor in French or French Teaching can open many doors for you. Pair this minor with other fields of interest for career opportunities in international relations, administration, business, publishing, non-profit work, healthcare, and more.

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FRENCH Minor FRENCH TEACHING Minor FRENCH Minor - BRIDGE STUDENTS

French Minor

Required Courses

15 Total Credits

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH3040 Intensive French Grammar (3)
FRNCH3060 Advanced French Grammar (3)

Earned at least 12 credits from FRNCH 3000 - 5999

Minimum Minor Hours

15 Total Credits

All classes must be passed with a C or better
At least 6 credits of minor requirements must be taken in residence at the University of Utah

French Teaching Minor 

Required Courses

19 - 24 Total Credits

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH3040 Intensive French Grammar (3)
FRNCH3060 Advanced French Grammar (3)

Completed the following

FRNCH3910 Special Topics (3)
FRNCH4600 Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
WLC5015 Foundations of Dual Language Immersion (3)
WLC5410 L2 Methodology (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH3330 French Study Abroad (1 - 6)
FRNCH4510 French Business and Current Issues (3)
FRNCH4550 French Culture and Civilization (3)
FRNCH4560 Topics in French Cultural Studies (3)
FRNCH4570 Francophone Cultures (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

FRNCH4610 Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3)
FRNCH4620 Early Modern French Studies (3)
FRNCH4630 Nineteenth-Century French Studies (3)
FRNCH4640 Twentieth and Twenty-first C. French Studies (3)
FRNCH4650 Francophone Studies (3)
FRNCH4900 Special Topics (3)

Earned at least 12 credits from FRNCH 3000 - 5999

Minimum Minor Hours

21 Total Credits

All courses must be passed with a “C” or better.
Students must complete 21 upper-division credits for this minor, 9 must be taken at the University of Utah.
All 4600 + classes must be taken at the University of Utah.
Completing this major does not give you a teaching license. In order to recieve a teaching license, students will need to complete the Secondary Teacher Licensure coursework. This may increase the minimum degree hours.

Student Experience

A department like ours is something like a small liberal arts college that caters to individual student needs, promotes programmatic innovation, and fosters forward thinking and intellectual freedom. This freedom is reflected in coursework, which you will find engages a wide variety of subjects from film to fashion, epic to lyric, the romanesque to romance, painting to porcelain, and dramas of revolution, nationhood, otherness, and identity.

Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society


Pi Delta Phi is the National French Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The highest academic honor in the field of French and the oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the United States, Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California at Berkeley in 1906. The Society was nationalized when the Beta Chapter was established at the University of Southern California in 1925. The Society was officially endorsed by the American Association of Teachers of French as the only collegiate French honor society in 1949.

The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and Francophone literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

There are currently more than 370 chapters of the Society in the United States and two representative chapters at the American Universities in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in France. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1967. Pi Delta Phi operates as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. For more Pi Delta Phi history, visit our History page.

The Society's Executive Board is chaired by an elected President, and includes four elected regional Vice-Presidents, and an Executive Director and Newsletter Editor that are appointed by the President. All Board positions are volunteer. The official publication of Pi Delta Phi is the Newsletter.

Pi Delta Phi Website

What Students are Saying

"The classes I’ve taken in the French program have gone above and beyond my expectations. The program offers a diverse range of classes — from film, poetry, and fairy tales to Francophone cultures and Medieval and Renaissance literature. Students will not only learn the language, they will learn about the culture – and they will have a lot of fun doing so."

- Molly Barnewitz

"Voltaire wants you to study French. You're not going to disappoint Voltaire, are you?"

- Jonathan Lusty

Student Resources

We encourage our undergraduate students to be pro-active in seeking out these scholarship and research opportunities, and we help in every way we can.

Financial Support


The Department of World Languages and Cultures, College of Humanities, and University offer many Scholarship opportunities.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

 

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students and mentors the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.

 

UROP provides a $1,200 stipend (effective Summer 2019) and educational programming for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project or who carry out a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for UROP any semester and may be eligible for a one-semester renewal. UROP awardees are hired as temporary, part-time UROP Participants by the Office of Undergraduate Research and are paid $1,200 (effective Summer 2019) for 120 hours of research or creative work during the semester.

 

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Career Opportunities - Why Study French?

Our Major course of study provides excellent preparation for pursuing graduate work and entering a variety of professions where critical reading, writing, and thinking skills are at a premium.

Recent graduates from our program have pursued further studies in M.A. programs in French, Comparative Literature, and International Studies. Others have sought professional degrees in law, medicine, and dentistry. Still others have taken jobs in private or public high school teaching and administration, business, publishing, international relations, translation, Foreign Service, non-profit, and healthcare professions.

Faculty

Your faculty members in French Studies are passionate researchers and teachers. Check out some of our published work: SUNY Press and Mise en scène culinaire: Le repas de fête de Gervaise dans L'Assommoir.

Having five full-time faculty members in the French Studies Program means individualized attention is provided for each French student.

Tenure-Line Faculty


Career-Line Faculty

Anne Lair

Professor, Lecturer


anne.lair@utah.edu | (801) 581-7534

 

Associate Instructors

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Last Updated: 3/18/20