Romance and Classical Studies
|Multiple recent studies have affirmed the usefulness not only of studying a foreign language in college but of French as the most practical choice a student can make. French is the second international language and the only language other than English spoken on five continents. Proficiency in French, especially when coupled with a study abroad experience, will help you highlight your communication skills and multicultural understanding for future employers in a host of fields.|
Mastering a foreign language can give students an edge in finding fulfilling careers in areas ranging from international organizations, government agencies, editing, and teaching to banking, companies involved in translation, import-export, tourism, computer science or any business with foreign contacts.
Students may add French to a major in the physical or social sciences, the arts or the humanities for purposes of research.
The major curriculum includes courses in conversation, composition, phonetics, culture, literature, film, and business French. Culture and literature classes provide equal coverage of France and the Francophone world. Students opting to go abroad may take courses in French art history, geography, history, philosophy, political science and popular culture.
Students who want to teach French in elementary or secondary schools should pursue the Bachelor of Science in Education program with a major or minor in French. This program requires a series of professional education courses, field and clinical experiences and supervised student teaching, leading to certification from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students may fulfill the student teaching requirement in Montreal, Quebec, as well as in Ohio.
All programs in French require the completion of general education courses covering such areas as speech, sciences, arts and social sciences to provide a balanced education.
The one or two semester Academic Year Abroad program in Tours, France, offers students the language and cultural benefits gained from extended residence in a foreign country. The program is directed by a BGSU professor, with other faculty members drawn from the Institut de Touraine and the Université François Rabelais in Tours.
Recognizing the growing importance of cross-cultural experiences and the growing number of French speakers in countries other than France, the department has established a study program in Francophone Africa, in the country of Burkina-Faso. This opportunity includes a two-week study module at the end of the spring semester in France (*not available every year; check with director) and a four-week summer session in July. In both France and Burkina, students live with families carefully chosen to incorporate students into the family life. Organized tours to various parts of the country are also arranged.
BGSU offers an elective course in Business French that gives students the chance to study administrative writing and commercial practices of France and the Francophone world. Students may prepare for the examination leading to a certificate from the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
The French House
The French House at BGSU offers women a unique chance to live in a small residential community with other interested students and speak French with the house supervisor, a graduate student from France. The French Club also meets in the French House and provides opportunities for both men and women to participate in various social and cultural activities.
High School Preparation
Students who have taken two years of high school French usually have to complete two college courses in French before courses count toward the major. Students who come to college with four years of language in high school can usually move directly into the major.
Students who do not have high school preparation may take elementary and intermediate French at BGSU, perhaps in the accelerated summer program offered in Tours, France, where it is possible to complete four semesters of elementary and intermediate French in one summer.
Students should follow a college preparatory curriculum that included four units (credits) of English, three units of college preparatory mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, two units of the same foreign language and one unit of the visual or performing arts. Students who have not taken all these recommended courses may be required to take University courses to make up any deficiencies.
Following is a typical program for a student pursuing a major in French and a minor in business administration. Variations on the program given here are possible, particularly if the student does not spend one academic year abroad. The numbers in parentheses indicate credit hours.
English Composition (3-8)
Second Year (in Tours, France)
French Composition and Conversation (3-6)
Introduction to French Literature II (3)
French Film (4)
|Undergraduate Advisor: Deborah Schocket , (419) 372-8632|