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Moravian College
Modern Languages and Literatures

French and Francophone Studies


 French Major
 Francophone Studies Major
 French Minor
 Dual Certification


The French Major

A major in French consists of ten course units above 105, including a minimum of two courses at the 200 level chosen among 210, 215, 241, and 250; and at least two courses at the 300 level, one of which must be taken at the college in the senior year. After completing two courses at the 200 level, students may no longer take 100-level courses.

A French major normally includes the following: French 110, 210, and 215, plus two courses chosen from FR 225, 241 and 250, a minimum one-semester study abroad (in which a minimum of three courses must be taken in the language of study), and two courses at the 300 level.

Only one internship in a modern language may be taken for credit towards a major in that language.

Declaration of major should be done as early as possible, and no later than upon completion of French 210 or 215, or the beginning of the sophomore year.

Special topics courses at the 200 and 300 level may count towards a major; please consult with an advisor.

During their course of study at Moravian College, all students majoring in French will be required to study abroad for a minimum of one semester in a country where French is the principal language. Upon declaring a major in a French, students (in consultation with their advisors) must work out a schedule which will make study abroad possible.

The department recognizes that there will be cases that call for a special exception to the study abroad policy. These cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to apply for an exception to the study abroad policy must contact the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Unless the student has already spent a minimum of one year, as an adult, in a country where the foreign language is spoken, the student will not, generally speaking, be waived of the entire study abroad requirement. Courses taken during study abroad must be approved by the department prior to the student's registration for the program.

The Francophone Studies Major

A Francophone Studies Major provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the intellectual and cultural history of French-speaking countries by combining courses in French language and literature with courses from fields such as art, economics, history, and political science. Specifically, the program seeks to broaden the students' understanding of contemporary as well as historical issues related to Francophone cultures.

The program is partially self-designed with the help of a faculty advisor to ensure a coherent sequence of study, including study abroad. Majors in Francophone studies are required to take ten course units. A minimum of six courses above French 105 must be earned within the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Of these six courses, the following five are required: 210 or 215 and 225, 241 and 250.

After completing any course at the 200-level, students may no longer take 100-level courses in French. A minimum of one 300-level course in French must be taken at the college in the senior year.

The remaining four units are chosen from a list of predetermined courses in other departments, including Special Topic courses. All course choices, however, must be approved by the advisor.

Possible electives include, but are not limited to: Art 113, Art 114, Art 222, Art 226, Art 229, Africana Studies 110, Economics 236, Management 333, History 110, History 112, History 126, History 250, Political Science 235

No more than one course at the 100 level may be taken within any single department, and only two of the four courses taken outside the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures may be at the 100 level. No more than two courses may be taken within a single department.

All French and Francophone Studies majors must study abroad. Students should choose a semester program; if impossible, participation in a six-week summer program or an appropriate May term approved by the advisor in advance can fulfill this requirement. Courses taken abroad may count toward the major but must be approved in advance by the advisor.

Study Abroad Requirement for Francophone Studies Majors: All Francophone Studies majors participate in an academic experience abroad. Students should choose a semester program; if impossible, participation in a six-week summer program or an appropriate May term approved by the advisor in advance can fulfill this requirement.  Courses taken abroad may count toward the major but must be approved in advance by the advisor.

The French Minor

The minor consists of five course units above French 105, including French 110, 210, and 215. In French, students must choose two courses from among French 225, 241, and 250.

Dual Certification in Modern Languages and Literatures

When a student completes a full major in one modern language (French, German or Spanish), certification may be obtained in a second under the following conditions:

  • Completion of seven courses above the elementary level in the second modern language, with the understanding that a desired level of proficiency may be reached after completion of fewer than seven courses in exceptional cases. It is also possible that a student may be required to complete work beyond the seven courses if, in the judgment of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the competence required for certification has not been achieved. The student must achieve the required 3.00 average in each language to be recommended for certification. Student-teaching experience is required in all languages in which certification is anticipated.
  • The seven courses must include Modern Language 210, 215, and 241 (or equivalent), and one additional literature course. As with all other modern languages and literatures majors, a fall or spring term abroad is required.
  • Students interested in dual certification in modern languages are advised to consult with their Education Department and major advisors early in their academic program.