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  • French and Francophone Studies

    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 Major

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


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    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.


    Foreign Languages and Literatures Options

    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.

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    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 1130 Beginning French 1, 5 credits
    • FRE 1131 Beginning French 2, 5 credits
    • FRE 2220 Intermediate French 1, 4 credits
    • FRE 2221 Intermediate French 2, 4 credits

    Required Core Coursework: 33 credits

    Advanced Language and Culture: 6 credits

    • FRE 3300 Grammar and Composition, 3 credits
    • FRE 3320 Composition and Stylistics, 3 credits

    Advanced Coursework: 18 credits

    • Culture: Choose one
      • FRE 3500 France through the Ages, 3 credits
      • FRE 3502 Francophone Cultures, 3 credits
      • FRE 3564 Contemporary French Culture, 3 credits
    • Literature: Choose one
      • FRW 3100 Introduction to French Literature 1, 3 credits
      • FRW 3101 Introduction to French Literature 2, 3 credits
    • Linguistics: Choose one
      • FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology, 3 credits
      • FRE 4822 Sociolinguistics of French, 3 credits
      • FRE 4850 Introduction to the Structure of French, 3 credits
      • FRE 4501 French in the Americas, 3 credits
    • Senior Seminar
      • FRW 4932 Senior Seminar in French Literature, 3 credits
    • 4000-level Electives: Choose 6 credits
      • FRE 4501 French Language in the Americas, 3 credits
      • FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology, 3 credits
      • FRE 4822 Sociolinguistics of French, 3 credits
      • FRE 4850 Introduction to Structure of French, 3 credits
      • FRE 4905 Individual Work, 3 credit max.
      • FRE 4906 Honors Thesis, 1-3 credits
      • FRE 4930 Revolving Topics in French, 3 credits
      • FRT 4523 European Identities, European Cinemas, 4 credits
      • FRW 4212 Readings in 17th Century French Prose, 3 credits
      • FRW 4273 Readings in 18th Century French Literature, 3 credits
      • FRW 4281 Readings in 20th Century French Novel, 3 credits
      • FRW 4324 Readings in the 20th Century French Theatre, 3 credits
      • FRW 4391 Concepts of French Cinema, 4 credits
      • FRW 4532 Survey of French Romantic Literature, 3 credits
      • FRW 4552 Introduction to Realism and Naturalism, 3 credits
      • FRW 4762 Readings in the Francophone Literatures and Cultures, 3 credits
      • FRW 4770 African and Caribbean Literatures, 3 credits

    Critical Concentration: 9 credits from one concentration
    Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

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    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 take the SAT II language examination before registering. Students with SAT II scores should consult the SAT II charts in this catalog. For more information on placement, refer to testing and evaluation information from Academic Technology.

    • Students with previous study or experience in French should enroll in FRE 1134 or use standardized French examination scores (SAT II, AICE, AP, CLEP or IB) to determine their appropriate placement in a higher-level course. Such students cannot enroll in FRE 1130 or 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.
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    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.

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    Critical Tracking

    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

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

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

    Semester 4

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

    Semester 5

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

    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).

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    FRE 1130 Beginning French 1 or
    FRE 1134 Accelerated French Review
    5
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    FRE 1131 Beginning French 2 or
    FRE 1134 Accelerated French Review
    5
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    Biological or Physical Science
    Area not taken in semester 1, GE-B or P
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Science laboratory
    GE-P or B
    1
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    FRE 2220 Intermediate French 1 4
    Mathematics
    GE-M
    3
    Physical Science
    GE-P
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    FRE 2221 Intermediate French 2 4
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S and D
    3
    Elective
    3000-level or above, not in major
    3
    Elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    FRE 3300 Grammar and Composition 1 3
    Literature Elective
    FRW 3100 Introduction to French Literature 1 or
    FRW 3101 Introduction to French Literature 2
    GE-H and N
    3
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Composition
    GE-C, WR
    3
    Elective
    FRE 3780L recommended
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    FRE 3320 Composition and Stylistics 3
    Culture Elective
    FRE 3500 France through the Ages or
    FRE 3502 Francophone Cultures or
    FRE 3564 Contemporary French Culture
    GE-H and N
    3
    Critical Concentration courses 6
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Linguistics Elective
    FRE 4501 The French Language in the Americas or
    FRE 4780 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology or
    FRE 4850 Introduction to Structure of French or
    FRE 4822 Sociolinguistics of French
    3
    French and Francophone studies elective
    4000 level
    3
    Critical Concentration course 3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Elective or
    Senior thesis option
    2-3
    Total 14-15
    Semester 8 Credits
    FRW 4932 Senior Seminar in French Literature 3
    French and Francophone studies elective
    4000 level
    3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    9
    Total 15

    Freshmen entering with previous studies in French will begin at a more advanced level. Refer to the academic advising section for placement information. Students, who by virtue of their placement examinations are enrolled in a course higher than their standing, are exempt from the requirements of that particular plan.

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    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

    Course Credits
    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 3070 Accelerated Introduction to French 5
    FRE 3224 Applied French 1-5
    FRE 3410 French Conversation and Interaction 3
    FRE 3440 Commercial French 3
    FRE 3442 Contemporary French Commerce 3
    FRE 3500 France through the Ages 3
    FRE 3502 Francophone Cultures 3
    FRE 3564 Contemporary French Culture 3
    FRE 3780L Corrective Phonetics 3
    FRE 4501 The French Language in the Americas 3
    FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology 3
    FRE 4822 Sociolinguistics of French 3
    FRE 4850 Introduction to the Structure of French 3
    FRE 4930 Revolving Topics in French Studies 1-5
    FRT 3004 Monuments and Masterpieces of France 3
    FRT 3520 French Cinema 4-8
    FRT 3561 Women in French Literature and/or Cinema 3-4
    FRW 3100 Introduction to French Literature 1 3
    FRW 3101 Introduction to French Literature 2 3
    FRW 3930 Rotating Topics in French and Francophone Literature 3
    FRW 4212 Readings in 17th Century French Prose 3
    FRW 4273 Readings in 18th Century French Literature 3
    FRW 4281 Readings in the 20th Century French Novel 3
    FRW 4324 Readings in 20th Century French Theatre 3
    FRW 4391 Concepts of French Cinema 4
    FRW 4532 Survey of French Romantic Literature 3
    FRW 4552 Introduction to Realism and Naturalism 3
    FRW 4762 Readings in Francophone Literatures and Cultures (excluding the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa) 3
    FRW 4770 African and Caribbean Literatures 3
    Comparative Cultural Studies
    ABT 3500 Arabic Culture 3
    ABT 4131 The Qu’ran as Literature 3
    ARA 3510 The Arab Woman 3
    CHT 3500 Chinese Culture 3
    CHT 3513 Taoism & Chinese Culture 3
    CZT 3564 Modern Czech Culture & Society 3
    FRT 3004 Monuments & Masterpieces of France 3
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    GET 3003 German Culture & Civilization 1 3
    GET 3004 Modern German Culture & Civilization 3
    ​GET 3930 German Fairy Tales ​3
    HAI 3930 Haitian Culture & Society 3
    HAT 3564 Haitian Culture & Society 3
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3700 Italian Perspectives on Holocaust 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics in Italian 3
    JPT 3500 Japanese Culture 3
    JPT 4502 Japanese Folklore 3
    ​RUT 3443 War and Peace ​3
    ​RUT 3500 Russian Cultural heritage ​3
    RUT 3501 Contemporary Russian Culture & Society 3
    RUT 3503 Violence & Terror in Russian Experience 3
    RUT 3504 Russia Today 3
    ​RUT 3506 Creative Lives: Writers, Artists and Extraordinary People ​3
    RUT 3514 Russian Fairy Tales 3
    ​RUT 3524 Russia Through Film ​3
    RUT 3530 Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation 3
    ​RUT 3600 The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes ​3
    RUT 4450 Russian Modernism 3
    VTT 3500 Vietnamese Culture 3
    YOT 3500 Yoruba Diaspora in New World 3
    Film and Visual Culture
    ​CHI 4930 Special Topics in Chinese 3
    CHT 3391 Chinese Film and Media
    4
    CHT 3523 Hong Kong, Taiwan and Global Cinema
    4
    FRT 3520 French Cinema 4
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    FRT 4523 Euro Identities, Euro Cinema 4
    GET 3520 Early German Cinema 4
    GET 3580 War in Lit/Visual Media 3
    GET 4521 Women and German Cinema 4
    GET 4523 New German Cinema 4
    GET 4930 Variable Topics in German 3
    HBR 4930 Special Topics 3
    ITT 3521 Italian Cinema 4
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3541 Italian Mafia Movies 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics in Italian 3
    JPN 4930 Special Topics in Japanese 3
    JPT 3391 Intro to Japanese Film 4
    PLT 3520 Polish Cinema 4
    RUT 3524 Russia Through Film 3
    SSA 4930 Special Topics: African Film 3
    Literary Studies
    ABT 3130 Arabic Literary Heritage 3
    ABT 4131 The Qu’ran as Literature 3
    CHI 4930 Special Topics in Chinese 3
    CHT 3110 Chinese Literary Heritage 3
    CHT 3123 Pre-modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 3124 Modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 4111 Dream of the Red Chamber 3
    ​CHT 4122 Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature ​​3
    CHT 4603 Journey to the West 3
    FRT 3004 Monuments & Masterpieces of France 3
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    GET 3200 Literature of Knighthood 3
    GET 3501 History, Literature, Arts of Berlin 3
    GET 3580 War in Lit/Visual Media 3
    GET 3930 German Fairy Tales 3
    GET 4930 Variable Topics in German 3
    ​HAT 3503 Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation ​3
    HBR 4930 Special Topics in Hebrew 3
    HBT 3223 Identity/Dissent in Hebrew Short Story 3
    ​HBT 3233 Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel 3​
    HBT 3563 Women in Mod. Hebrew Fiction 3
    HBT 3564 Motherhood Mod. Hebrew Lit. 3
    ITT 3431 Italy & Pilgrimages 3
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3700 Italian Perspectives Holocaust 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics Italian 3
    JPT 3100 Tales of Kyoto 3
    JPT 3120 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation 3
    JPT 3121 Contemporary Japanese Literature.: Postwar to Postmodern 3
    JPT 3150 Classical Japanese Poetry 3
    JPT 3300 Samurai War Tales 3
    JPT 4130 Tale of Genji 3
    JPT 4502 Japanese Folklore 3
    PLT 3930 Special Topics in Polish 3
    RUT 3101 Russian Masterpieces 3
    RUT 3441 Tolstoy & Dostoevsky 3
    RUT 3442 Themes from Russian Lit. 3
    RUT 3443 War and Peace 3
    RUT 3452 Russian Literature of the 20th Century 3
    RUT 3503 Violence & Terror in Russian 3
    RUT 3506 Creative Lives: Writers, Artists and Extraordinary People 3
    RUT 3514 Russian Fairy Tales 3
    RUT 3530 Russia’s Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation 3
    RUT 3930 Variable Topics Russian 3
    RUT 4440 Pushkin & Gogol 3
    RUT 4450 Russian Modernism 3
    SST 4502 African Oral Literatures 3
    ​SSW 3303 Swahili Oral Literatures ​3
    SSW 4713 African Women Writers 3
    ​VTN 4930 Special Topics in Vietnamese ​3
    YOR 4502 Yoruba Oral Literatures 3
    Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    ARA 3510 The Arab Woman 3
    CHT 3123 Pre-modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 3513 Taoism and Chinese Culture 3
    CHT 4111 Dream of the Red Chamber 3
    CHT 4122 Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature​
    3​
    CHT 4603 Journey to the West 3
    GET 3200 Literature of Knighthood 3
    ITT 3431 Italy and Pilgrimages 3
    JPT 3300 Samurai War Tales 3
    MEM 3003 Intro to Medieval World 3
    MEM 3300 Castles and Cloisters 3
    MEM 3301 Palaces and Cities 3
    MEM 3730 Studies in Holy Roman Empire 3
    MEM 3805 Research Methods in Medieval & Early Modern 1
    MEM 3931 Topics Medieval & Early Modern 3
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