Disciplinary Major or Minor (Bachelor of Arts)
Associate Professor - E. Nicole Meyer
Web site: www.uwgb.edu/french/
The French program is designed to help students develop practical language skills while they learn about the literature, culture and people of France and the French-speaking world. French is a major language in over 40 countries on five continents. It is one of the two most important diplomatic languages, the language of business in a large part of the world, and an important research language for many disciplines.
The broad training that is part of a program in French studies (including written and oral communication skills, reading and analyzing texts, history, geography and social studies) is an excellent means to personal growth and intellectual enrichment. It is also a fine preparation for entrance into the professional world. French majors have developed successful careers in many areas of business, the service professions (such as law or teaching), and government.
Along with the regularly scheduled array of courses, the French program also offers students the opportunity to earn degree credits while studying abroad. UW-Green Bay co-sponsors a semester program in Paris every spring and, with faculty approval, accepts credits from numerous other study-abroad programs. On campus, students can have frequent contact with authentic cultural materials outside the classroom via the Internet, the latest multimedia equipment, and international television and radio reception.
French majors will also choose an interdisciplinary minor. Those interested in a broad humanities background often choose the interdisciplinary minor in humanistic studies. Other interdisciplinary programs in, for example, business, the social sciences, education, or the arts, combine with the French major to form a strong, coherent academic program. Students seeking teacher certification must be admitted to the Education Program and should contact the Education Office for information and further requirements.
Students who begin their French studies at UW-Green Bay should enroll in FRENCH 101. The normal sequence of language courses is: 101, Introduction to French I; 102, Introduction to French II; 201, Intermediate French I; 202, Intermediate French II; 225, Intermediate Conversation and Composition; and 325, Advanced Conversation and Composition.
Those who have studied French in high school should select a course appropriate to their level by counting a year of high school work as equivalent to one semester of college work, or they should consult a French adviser.
Retroactive or Advanced Placement Credit
Students who have taken French in high school or who have acquired a knowledge of the language elsewhere may earn up to 14 additional credits for their previous French study by completing a course beyond FRENCH 101. With a grade of "B" or better, credit will be given for all French courses preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of 14 credits; with a grade of "BC" or "C," half credit will be given for the courses preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of seven credits.
For example, a student with four years of high school French and who completes FRENCH 225, Intermediate Conversation and Composition, with a grade of "B" will receive 14 credits for FRENCH 101, 102, 201, and 202 in addition to the three credits for FRENCH 225; a student who completes the course with a "C" receives seven retroactive credits in addition to the three credits for the course.
Requests for retroactive credits in a student's native language are not generally accepted.
Students seeking teacher certification must be admitted to the Education Program and should contact the Education Office for information and further requirements.
Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay 's participation in international exchange programs and National Student Exchange. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2413 or see http://www.uwgb.edu/international/.