French

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum.

Free Electives

Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.

Major Requirements

Single language majors are required to complete twelve courses in a primary language and four courses in a second language at any level. The requirements are:

Intermediate Level Courses
FRC 215Intermediate French 3
FRC 217Intermediate French II3
Intermediate-High Level Conversation and Composition Courses
FRC 323Topics in Conversation I3
FRC 324French Composition through Literature3
FRC 332Substance and Style: Effective Writing in French3
Advanced Level Courses
Seven FRC electives21
Total Credits36

If starting at 300-level or its equivalent, two additional electives must be completed.

Study Abroad Requirements

Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures majors are required to study abroad for a minimum of four consecutive weeks in a formal pre-approved program in the target language. Language majors who choose to spend a semester abroad at a foreign university may count up to three courses as a Modern Language core or elective as long as these courses are taught in the target language and have been pre-approved by the chair of the department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Students who spend more than one semester studying at a foreign university may count an additional two courses as a Modern Language core or elective. Dual majors in two languages are required to study abroad for both target languages. Credits for short programs abroad are determined by the number of contact hours. As a general rule, students complete the 200-level sequence or the equivalent and one 300 level course at Canisius College prior to studying at a foreign university. Consultation with a department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures academic advisor is required prior to study abroad. Students must complete at least one course in the major upon return to Canisius College.

Cultural Requirement

Over the course of the semester, each student in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures will participate in or attend two cultural events or activities outside regular class time. Please consult the department for a listing of these offerings.

Dual Majors

French majors often pursue more than one major.  Students are encouraged to consult advisors in both majors to determine course sequencing to complete the requirements of both majors.

Curriculum for Students Majoring in Two Languages

Two Intermediate Courses (200-level) in the First Language 16
Three Intermediate-High Level Conversation and Composition Courses in the First Language9
Five Advanced Level Courses in the First Language15
Two Intermediate Level Courses (200-level) in the Second Language 16
Three Intermediate-High Level Conversation and Composition Courses in the Second Language9
Three Advanced Level Courses in the Second Language9
Total Credits54
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Students who begin language study at the 300-level may substitute additional electives in lieu of the intermediate (200) level courses.  Thus, students will take the same number of courses as other majors.

Curriculum for Students Double Majoring in a Language and in Education

Two Intermediate Level (200-level) Courses 16
Three Intermediate-High Level Conversation and Composition Courses9
Seven Advanced Level Courses21
Total Credits36
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For students double majoring in a language and Adolescence Education, the 200-level language courses are waived if students start at the 300-level.  Thus, students only need 10 language courses to complete the major.  For students double majoring in a language and Childhood Education, students must complete a total of 10 language courses.  So if students begin at the 300-level credits, they must complete two additional electives in lieu of the 200-level courses. 

Curriculum for Students Double Majoring in a Language and in Any Other Discipline (other than another language or Adolescence Education)

Two Intermediate Level (200-level) Courses 16
Three Intermediate-High Level Conversation and Composition Courses9
Five Advanced Level Courses15
Total Credits30
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Students who begin language study at the 300-level may substitute additional electives in lieu of the intermediate (200) level courses.  Thus, students will take the same number of courses as other majors.

Additional Course Considerations

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements:

Freshman
FallSpring
FRC 215FRC 217
Sophomore
FallSpring
FRC 323FRC 324
 FRC 332
Junior
FallSpring
Study AbroadFRC elective
Senior
FallSpring
FRC electiveFRC elective

Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

French Language majors will demonstrate effective skills at the ACTFL advanced-low level according to two Communicative Modes: Interpersonal and Presentational.

Students Will:   

Objective A: Actively and accurately negotiate meaning in fluent interpersonal communications;

Objective B: Accurately and fluently present oral information, concepts and ideas in a cohesive manner to an audience.

Student Learning Goal 2

French Language majors will critically analyze cultural production in the target language.

Students Will:

Objective A:  Assess, interpret and assign meaning to numerous types of cultural production including literature, film, essay, and art;

Objective B: Place various types of cultural production in a wider cultural and historical context. 

Student Learning Goal 3

French Language majors will design and carry out an original project in which the target language is the major research tool and vehicle of expression.

Students will:

Objective A: Create a project that demonstrates comprehension of cultural productions indicated by a clear thesis and a developed argument;  

Objective B: Demonstrate a mastery of information literacy tools and the integration of secondary sources in his/her work.

Intermediate Level Courses
FRC 215Intermediate French 3
FRC 217Intermediate French II3
Intermediate High Level Conversation and Composition Courses
FRC 323
FRC 324
Topics in Conversation I
and French Composition through Literature
6
FRC 332Substance and Style: Effective Writing in French3
Advanced Low Courses
One FRC elective3
Total Credits18

Up to two of these courses can be replaced by two FRC/GER/SPA electives or two approved courses from other departments or two approved courses from study abroad. Pre-approved Internships and Campus Ministry service trips may count toward a minor. All electives from other departments are subject to DMLLC pre-approval.

FRC 103 Introductory French I 3 Credits

Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Introduction to French and francophone cultures. Almost exclusive use of French in class.

Offered: every fall.

FRC 104 Introductory French II 3 Credits

Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Introduction to French and francophone cultures. Almost exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in FRC 103 or equivalent (generally two to three years of high school French) or permission of the Chair.

Offered: spring.

FRC 215 Intermediate French 3 Credits

This course is designed as a thorough review of grammatical structures. Also emphasized is the building of vocabulary, increasing competence in the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and gaining an overview of Francophone cultures. Exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in FRC 104 or two or three years of high school French.

Offered: fall.

FRC 217 Intermediate French II 3 Credits

This course is designed to thoroughly develop the four skills necessary for proficiency in French: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Also emphasized is the building of vocabulary in authentic cultural and literary contexts. Students will be introduced to the discussion of a full-length novel. The class is conducted in French.

Offered: Spring.

FRC 323 Topics in Conversation I 3 Credits

Contemporary communication skills emphasized in general exploration of contemporary culture of the Francophone world. Exclusive use of French in class. Phonetics included.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in FRC 217.

Offered: fall.

FRC 324 French Composition through Literature 3 Credits

Distinguishing and producing effective and personal writing of different types - essays, correspondence, descriptions, self-portraits, and reports - through the analysis of the major literary currents of French literature, its canons, techniques and major contributions. Selected works of prose, poetry, and theater are discussed. Exclusive use of French in class.

Offered: Spring

FRC 332 Substance and Style: Effective Writing in French 3 Credits

Distinguishing and producing effective writing of different types: essay, narrative, description, self-portrait, report, curriculum vitae, and correspondence. Exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in FRC 217.

Offered: spring.

FRC 427 Identities and Globalization 3 Credits

In the broader context of a globalized world, this course will examine the integration and resistance of identities through a discussion of the institutions of post-war France and the technological developments, and evolution of political structures, with a particular emphasis on current events and contemporary media. This class is entirely conducted in French.

FRC 433 Survey of French and Francophone Literature 3 Credits

Selected readings of literary works from France and the Francophone world. Exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in both FRC 324 & FRC 332; or permission of the chair.

FRC 437 French and Francophone History and Culture Through Film I 3 Credits

Via feature-length films and documentaries, the history and culture of France and the Francophone world are explored. An emphasis is placed on how France's and the Francophone world's history and culture impact its current policies on international relations. Exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in both FRC 324 & FRC 332.

FRC 439 French and Francophone History and Culture Through Film II 3 Credits

A continuation of FRC 437. Via feature-length films and documentaries, selected topics in contemporary issues of French and Francophone societies are explored. Exclusive use of French in class.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in FRC 437.

FRC 452 Tour de l'Amerique du Nord: Following the French in North America 3 Credits

Exploration of the rich history of the French in North America from the time of Nouvelle France, La Guerre de la Conquete and Le Grand Derangement (the uprooting of the Acadian People) to the present day reemergence of language reacquisition among the multiple Franco-American communities in the United States.

Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in each of FRC 323, FRC 324, & FRC 332.

FRC 453 War and Memory 3 Credits

Exploration of the events of World War II and the Occupation of France and their major role in the cultural and economic forces at work in contemporary France. Students will discuss particularly the mentality and demeanor of the French, the permanent and evolving traits of French society and the grounding of French culture.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in each of FRC 323, FRC 324, & FRC 332.

FRC 454 Heritages Francophones 3 Credits

Examination of the Francophone cultures in the United States and Canada. The communities explored include descendants of Acadians in the St. John Valley of Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada; the Cajun populations of Louisiana; the Haitian community in Miami; and the immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in each of FRC 323, FRC 324, & FRC 332.

FRC 499 Independent Study 3 Credits

Independent study requires permission of the chair and associate dean. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.