Faculty Top of Page

Virginia R. Donovan, Assistant Professor

French Program Top of Page

The French Program introduces students to the French language and to French and Francophone cultures. The courses offered enable students to lay the groundwork for fluency in French and to enhance practical language skills for specific career purposes.

Students may choose the French Minor or may elect to submit for approval a French Studies major in conjunction with Bishop's University or another foreign university which will provide a French-immersion experience.

The French program seeks to educate students to become more effective participants in the global community by promoting international and ethnic awareness and sensitivity to other cultures.

French Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

The following courses (12 credits) are required for the French Minor. Students who take the placement test and place into a course higher than FREN 101 will receive retro-credit for all lower courses, provided that they earn a grade of B- or above for the course into which they place, to a maximum of 12 credits.

French Required Courses (12 credits required):

Beginning French I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning French II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French II -- 3.00 credits

(Any or all of the above courses can be reduced or eliminated by making a grade of B- or better in the next higher course. For example, a student who completes a 300-level French course with a grade of B- or better will receive retro-credit to his or her transcript for FREN 101, 102, 201, and 202 for a total of 12 retro-credits in French.) credits

French Elective Courses (9 credits required):

Advanced French Grammar and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced French Conversation -- 3.00 credits
History of Paris in French -- 3.00 credits
Survey of French/Francophone Literature and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in French/Francophone Literature, Culture, and/or Civilization -- 3.00 credits
French Study Abroad -- 6.00 - 18.00 credits
French Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

A student should complete FREN 202 and usually at least one 300-level French course at UW-Superior before participating in French study abroad during the junior year. A wide variety of courses available at Bishop's University or another foreign university allows students the opportunity to pursue an InterdisciplinaryStudiesmajorin the field of French Studies.

For further information on the UW-Superior French Program, go to the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department. See also the International Programs section of this catalog. For more information on the courses offered, see French in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the language.
  2. Explain aspects of culture, including differences from their own cultures.
  3. Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
  4. Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.