French and Francophone Studies

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Foreign Languages and Literatures

French is considered a strategic language for global communications in matters of security, health, business, and cultural exchange. It is the key language to understanding the culture and history of the Francophone world. A specialization in French and Francophone Studies offers the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual training students need for an increasingly globalized future. In addition, the specialization forges links between the present and the past, as it encourages students to explore the exceptionally rich humanistic tradition of France and the Francophone world from the Middle Ages through the modern period.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Home to 15 different language programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Italian, Russian to Vietnamese, LLC gives students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever-more internationalized world.
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 Curriculum

The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world. The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

A French and Francophone studies specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major provides students with a strong command of the French language and an understanding of the cultures of the Francophone world. The specialization gives a foundation in the French Language, including speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Our emphasis on communicative approaches and linguistic and cultural competencies trains our students to compete in an increasingly globalized workforce. In addition, the major develops skills in critical thinking and research through in-depth study of the exceptionally rich humanistic tradition of France and the Francophone world throughout history. The program allows each student the flexibility to explore a variety of disciplines within the specialization and to design an individual course of study to reflect a particular interest in linguistics, literatures, cinema, cultural production, or other fields.

The specialization offers an excellent base for diverse careers including diplomacy, international relations, journalism, translation, education, global health, banking, and business. Many of our students choose to combine the French and Francophone specialization with another field of study, including majors in physical sciences and engineering.

Coursework for the Major

The French and Francophone studies specialization in Foreign Languages and Literatures consists of preparatory language study at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level), and 33 hours of advanced language, theory, and culture study in the upper division (3000 level and above).

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework | 18 Credits

FRE 1130Beginning French 15
FRE 1131Beginning French 25
FRE 2220Intermediate French 14
FRE 2221Intermediate French 24
Total Credits18

Required Core Coursework | 33 Credits

Advanced Language and Culture
FRE 3300Grammar and Composition3
FRE 3320Composition and Stylistics3
Advanced Coursework
Culture
Select one:3
France through the Ages
Francophone Cultures
Contemporary French Culture
Literature
FRW 3100Introduction to French Literature 13
or FRW 3101 Introduction to French Literature 2
Linguistics
Select one:3
Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology
Sociolinguistics of French
Introduction to the Structure of French
The French Language in the Americas
Senior Seminar
FRW 4932Senior Seminar in French Literature3
4000-level Electives
Select 6 credits:6
The French Language in the Americas
Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology
Sociolinguistics of French
Introduction to the Structure of French
Individual Work
Honors Thesis
Revolving Topics in French Studies
European Identities, European Cinemas
Readings in 17th Century French Prose
Readings in 18th Century French Literature
Readings in the 20th Century French Novel
Readings in 20th Century French Theatre
Concepts of French Cinema
Survey of French Romantic Literature
Introduction to Realism and Naturalism
Readings in Francophone Literatures and Cultures (excluding the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa)
African and Caribbean Literatures
Critical Concentration
Select 9 credits from one of the following concentrations (although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group):9
Intensive Area Studies: French and Francophone Studies (recommended for those planning to pursue careers requiring advanced level skills in French or graduate work in French and Francophone studies)
Comparative Cultural Studies
Film and Visual Culture
Literary Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Total Credits33

Overseas Studies

Students specializing in French and Francophone studies are encouraged to study abroad for a summer or a semester. Students regularly participate in UF Programs in Paris or UF-approved study-abroad programs in other regions of France or in the Francophone world. Students also can consider the opportunities offered with UF's reciprocal exchange agreements with Rennes II and Sciences Po. Students in approved overseas study programs can earn up to 15 credits beyond the 120 credits required for graduation. Refer to UF International Center information and contact a department advisor.
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Placement

Students with previous training should speak with the department before registering.

  • Students with previous study or experience in French should enroll in FRE 1134 or use standardized French examination scores (AICE, AP, CLEP or IB) to determine their appropriate placement in a higher-level course. Such students cannot enroll in FRE 1130 or FRE 1131.
  • Any student who has lived in a French-speaking country for more than a year or who is francophone must consult a department advisor before enrolling in any FRE course.

Research

Students with an upper-division GPA of 3.5 are encouraged to write a thesis for high or highest honors at graduation. Students planning to specialize in French and Francophone studies should see a department advisor before registering.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

SEMESTER 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 2

  • Complete FRE 1130 or a higher-level French language course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 3

  • Complete FRE 1131 or FRE 1134 or a higher-level French language with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 4

  • Complete FRE 2220 or a higher-level French language course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 5

  • Complete FRE 2221 with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 6

SEMESTER 7

  • Complete FRE 3320
  • Complete 2 Critical Concentration courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 8

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). 3000 level or above critical concentration courses outside of French may count toward the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

Beginning language is best started semester 1 and absolutely no later than semester 3, but study abroad or accredited intensive summer courses can be used to fall in with an ideal semester progression.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Select one: 5
Beginning French 1 (Critical Tracking)  
Accelerated French Review (Critical Tracking) 1  
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Select one: 5
Beginning French 2 (Critical Tracking)  
Accelerated French Review (Critical Tracking) 1  
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Science laboratory (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
FRE 2220 Intermediate French 1 (Critical Tracking) 4
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area not taken in semester one) 2 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 2 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
FRE 2221 Intermediate French 2 (Critical Tracking) 4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Five
FRE 3300 Grammar and Composition (Critical Tracking) 3
Select one literature elective: 3
Introduction to French Literature 1 (Gen Ed Humanities and International; Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to French Literature 2 (Gen Ed Humanities and International; Critical Tracking)  
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
FRE 3780L Corrective Phonetics (recommended elective) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
FRE 3320 Composition and Stylistics (Critical Tracking) 3
Select one culture elective: 3
France through the Ages (Gen Ed Humanities and International; Critical Tracking)  
Francophone Cultures (Gen Ed Humanities and International; Critical Tracking)  
Contemporary French Culture (Gen Ed Humanities and International; Critical Tracking)  
Critical concentration courses; Critical Tracking 6
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Select one linguistics elective: 3
The French Language in the Americas (Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology (Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to the Structure of French (Critical Tracking)  
Sociolinguistics of French (Critical Tracking)  
French and Francophone studies elective (4000 level; Critical Tracking) 3
Critical concentration course; Critical Tracking 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective or senior thesis option 2-3
 Credits14-15
Semester Eight
FRW 4932 Senior Seminar in French Literature (Critical Tracking) 3
French and Francophone studies elective (4000 level; Critical Tracking) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

CRITICAL CONCENTRATION COURSES| 9 CREDITS FROM ONE CONCENTRATION

Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

Intensive Area Studies: French and Francophone Studies
Recommended for those planning to pursue careers requiring advanced level skills in French or graduate work in French and Francophone studies
FRE 3070Accelerated Introduction to French5
FRE 3224Applied French1-5
FRE 3410French Conversation and Interaction3
FRE 3442Contemporary French Commerce3
FRE 3500France through the Ages3
FRE 3502Francophone Cultures3
FRE 3564Contemporary French Culture3
FRE 3780LCorrective Phonetics3
FRE 4501The French Language in the Americas3
FRE 4780Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology3
FRE 4822Sociolinguistics of French3
FRE 4850Introduction to the Structure of French3
FRE 4930Revolving Topics in French Studies1-5
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3520French Cinema4-8
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRW 3100Introduction to French Literature 13
FRW 3101Introduction to French Literature 23
FRW 3930Rotating Topics in French and Francophone Literature3
FRW 4212Readings in 17th Century French Prose3
FRW 4273Readings in 18th Century French Literature3
FRW 4281Readings in the 20th Century French Novel3
FRW 4324Readings in 20th Century French Theatre3
FRW 4391Concepts of French Cinema4
FRW 4532Survey of French Romantic Literature3
FRW 4552Introduction to Realism and Naturalism3
FRW 4762Readings in Francophone Literatures and Cultures (excluding the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa)3
FRW 4770African and Caribbean Literatures3
Comparative Cultural Studies
ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHI 3403Chinese Calligraphy3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CZT 3564Modern Czech Culture and Society3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3003German Culture and Civilization 13
GET 3004Modern German Culture and Civilization3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
HAI 3930Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3564Haitian Culture and Society3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JMT 3500Jamaican Creole, Reggae, and Rastafari3
JPT 3500Japanese Culture3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3500Russian Cultural Heritage3
RUT 3501Contemporary Russian Culture and Society3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3504Russia Today3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
YOT 3500Yoruba Diaspora in the New World3
Film and Visual Culture
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3391Chinese Film and Media4
CHT 3523Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema4
FRT 3520French Cinema4
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRT 4523European Identities, European Cinemas4
GET 3520Early German Cinema to 19454
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4521Women and German Cinema4
GET 4523New Cinema 1945 to the Present4
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
ITT 3521Italian Cinema4
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPN 4930Special Topics in Japanese Studies3
JPT 3391Introduction to Japanese Film4
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
SSA 4930Special Topics in African Studies (African Film)3
Literary Studies
ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3501History, Literature and Arts of Berlin3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
HBT 3223Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story3
HBT 3233Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel3
HBT 3563Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction3
HBT 3564Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3100Tales of Kyoto3
JPT 3120Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPT 3121Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern3
JPT 3150Classical Japanese Poetry3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 4130The Tale of Genji3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
PLT 3930Special Topics in Polish Studies3
RUT 3101Russian Masterpieces3
RUT 3441Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3
RUT 3442Themes from Russian Literature3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3452Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3930Variable Topics in Russian Studies3
RUT 4440Pushkin and Gogol3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
SST 4502African Oral Literature3
SSW 3303Swahili Oral Literature3
SSW 4713African Women Writers3
VTN 4930Special Topics in Vietnamese Studies3
YOR 4502Yoruba Oral Literature3
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
MEM 3003Introduction to the Medieval World3
MEM 3300Castles and Cloisters: An Introduction to Medieval Communities3
MEM 3301Palaces and Cities: An Introduction to Early Modern Communities3
MEM 3730Studies in the Holy Roman Empire3
MEM 3931Variable Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies3

The Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) major enables students to achieve communicative competence in their language(s) of specialization. Students will become knowledgeable in the culture and literature and/or linguistics associated with their language area(s) such that they will be able to critically analyze and evaluate authentic sources in the target language(s) and formulate independent, critical perspectives in the target language(s). Further, students will learn the intercultural skills and practical know-how necessary to negotiate traveling, studying, and living in the target culture(s).

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfy the Florida statutes for the College-Level Academic Skills Requirement.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Achieve one or more of the following, as determined by their specialization within the FLL program: an acceptable score on a language proficiency test and/or a satisfactory faculty evaluation of a term paper, final project, or oral presentation completed for a selected advanced course.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe and define cultural concepts, literary production, and/or linguistic structure in language(s) of specialization.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate texts according to their cultural, literary and/or linguistic content.

Communication

  1. Express critical competence in relation to the culture(s) of specialization through performance of comprehensive analysis in written and oral form.
  2. Display oral and written proficiency in language(s) of specialization.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
Category A1 I, R I I I, R, A
Category B2 I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A

Assessment Types

  • Proficiency exams
  • Term papers or final projects
  • Oral presentations