French

The French program is comprised of four levels that follow a logical progression, from elementary (FREN 101 and 102), to intermediate (FREN 201 and 202), to transitional (300-level courses) to advanced (400-level courses). The transitional level is comprised of a language component (FREN 301) and a preparatory methodology course designed to bring students’ proficiency to the level of accuracy and clarity required for the 400-level courses.

Prerequisites for each course dictate progression. Students who have reached a certain level may not register for a course at a lower level. Students may not take more than three 300-level courses beyond FREN 301 to prepare for the advanced level. Students who study in France or Cameroon for one year may not take 300-level courses upon their return at Holy Cross.

French courses are numbered following a uniform system: the first digit of each number refers to the level of instruction: elementary (1), intermediate (2), transitional (3), and advanced (4). The second digit indicates the subject matter: language (0), survey (1), literature (2), French culture (3), Francophonie (4), Women Writers (5), African and Caribbean topics (6). The last digit indicates the number of courses that exist in a given subject matter. With regard to courses beyond FREN 301, the last digit does not indicate an increasing level of difficulty. For instance, FREN 307 is not more difficult than FREN 302. It is one of seven preparatory methodology courses that exist at the transitional level. Both courses have the same prerequisite. Similarly, FREN 427 is not more difficult than FREN 421. It is one of seven courses in literature that exist at the advanced level. Both courses have the same prerequisite. Note that the digits “99” designate new courses, never offered before in the program. They are neither more advanced nor more difficult than any other course within the same level.

Majors and minors are encouraged to be well rounded in the discipline by taking a variety of advanced courses in literature, culture, film, and language.

Majors and minors are urged to seriously consider spending their third year at one of Holy Cross’ two sites in France at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon or at the Université de Strasbourg, or at its site in Cameroon at the Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale in Yaoundé.

French major requirements: a minimum of 10 courses at the intermediate level or above, including the following:

• French 301 (Composition and Conversation)

• At least two courses must be at the 400 level

• At least one 400-level course in literature

• At least two courses must be taken in the fourth year

Courses on French language and linguistics, and/or Francophone literature, film, art, civilization, and history taken in French in Study Abroad programs count toward the major. Courses taken abroad will be transferred (bearing no 300 or 400 level designation) subject to the French section coordinator’s approval. Majors who study abroad will be required to take at least six courses at Holy Cross.

French minor requirements: a minimum of six courses at the intermediate level or above, including the following:

• French 301 (Composition and Conversation)

• At least one course must be at the 400 level

• At least one course must be taken in the fourth year

Courses on French language and linguistics, and/or Francophone literature, film, art, civilization, and history taken in French in Study Abroad programs count toward the minor. Courses taken abroad will be transferred (bearing no 300 or 400 level designation) subject to the French section coordinator’s approval. Minors who study abroad will be required to take at least three courses at Holy Cross.