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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018

French, B.A.


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Objectives


The French curriculum is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the French/Francophone world by exposing them to French/Francophone cultures and perspectives. It also responds to the increasing demand for a more practical emphasis in language learning after the lower division level and allows students to tackle the professional world immediately beyond graduation. LMU’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, may complement the French program.

French Student Learning Outcomes


Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed through a Senior Capstone Project (FREN 4990 ), which consists of a portfolio during the last semester of the senior year. The portfolio is a collection of multiple samples usually compiled over time accompanied by a personal reflection essay, which would show that the student has met the objectives of the French program.

Majors in French will know:

  • The variety and nature of linguistic practices of French-speaking populations
  • The variety and nature of cultural texts of French-speaking populations
  • The variety and nature of cultural perspectives in the Francophone world at large
  • The representative literary works and cultural texts of Francophone cultures and civilizations, and other diasporic French-speaking populations
  • The principal aspects of cultural expressions such as literature, art, social practices, gender, and media of the Francophone world at large
  • Theoretical terminology and concepts essential to analyze literary and cultural products.

Majors in French will be able to:

  • Understand spoken French at the appropriate level
  • Speak French at the appropriate level
  • Read French at the appropriate level
  • Write French at the appropriate level
  • Use acquired theoretical and critical skills to textual analysis and scholarly research
  • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of literary works developed by French-speaking populations
  • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of cultural works developed by French-speaking populations
  • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of linguistic varieties developed by French-speaking populations.

Majors in French will demonstrate an appreciation for:

  • The evolution and variety of perspectives in French-speaking cultures
  • The mission of our University
  • Transcultural similarities and differences.

Major Requirements


Lower Division Requirements:


12 semester hours in lower division courses:

Note:


These requirements may be waived or modified based upon proficiency demonstrated on the LMU French Placement Examination. For majors, a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all pre-major courses.

Upper Division Requirements:


26 semester hours in upper division courses:

Note:


A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be maintained in all upper division courses.

French Placement Exam


Any student who has knowledge of or has had prior instruction in French in high school or at a college or university other than LMU must take the French Placement Exam.

This requirement includes students who have taken the AP French Exam in high school. Generally, a student who receives a score of 5 or 4 on the AP French Exam (Language or Literature) places in FREN 2103 . Final placement is conditional upon the instructor’s consent. Course credit will be given for FREN 2101  and FREN 2102  once the student’s official scores have been received from the College Board. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that the official AP scores have been sent to Loyola Marymount University.

To know when and how a student should take a language placement exam in French, please refer to the guidelines provided under Modern Languages and Literatures .

Students that need more semester hours to complete the major because of their language placement must take additional courses in the language. In the event that there are no courses in the language, students may take MDLG 3400 , MDLG 4400 , or FNLT 4200  (provided it is related to language concentration). If additional classes are not available in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, students may fulfill those credits with courses in the appropriate cultural studies areas (e.g., EURO, HMNT) in consultation with the language advisor and the Department Chair.

French Model Four-Year Plan


The normal course load is 16 semester hours (4 classes). By following the model below, a student will complete all lower division core requirements by the end of the sophomore year as well as most major prerequisites. Note that core areas are suggested to provide a distribution of various disciplines every semester. Please be flexible implementing these suggestions, given your own interests and course availability. In four years, this plan meets all common graduation requirements.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


  • FREN 2103 French 3 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13-16 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 14-16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • FREN 3240 History of Ideas 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • FREN 4990 Senior Capstone Project 2 semester hours
  • FREN 4000-level Elective 4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 15-18 semester hours

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