The French program is comprised of four levels that follow a logical progression, from elementary (FREN 101 Elementary French 1 and FREN 102 Elementary French 2), to intermediate (FREN 201 Intermediate French 1 and FREN 202 Intermediate French 2), to transitional (300-level courses) to advanced (400-level courses). The transitional level is comprised of a language component (FREN 301 French Composition & Conversatn) 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 two 300-level courses beyond FREN 301 French Composition & Conversatn to prepare for the advanced level. Students who study in France or in a French speaking African country for a full 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 French Composition & Conversatn, the last digit does not indicate an increasing level of difficulty. For instance, FREN 305 Writing Around the Arts is not more difficult than FREN 302 Approaches To Reading & Writing. It is one of several preparatory methodology courses that exist at the transitional level. Both courses have the same prerequisite. Similarly, FREN 471 Masterpieces of French Cinema is not more difficult than FREN 406 Fiction Writing. It is one of several 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 consult with the Study Abroad Office for opportunities to study in French in West Africa.
Department Advanced Placement Policy
Students with AP credit in French language or literature earn placement in the curriculum but not progress toward the minimum number of courses required by the major. Students who take a course that duplicates the AP award in French will forfeit the AP credit. Students with AP credit in French language or literature will not be permitted to enroll in a course below the 300 level.
A minimum of 10 courses at the intermediate level or above, including the following:
|Required language courses or equivalent:|
|Intermediate French 1|
|Intermediate French 2|
|Required language course:|
|French Composition & Conversatn|
|One required 400-level literature course:|
|One additional 400 level course from the list above or below:|
|Masterpieces of French Cinema|
|Race & Gender in French Cinema|
|Additional courses from the lists above and below to meet the ten course major requirement:|
|Approaches To Reading & Writing|
|Writing Around the Arts|
|Paris Through the Looking Glass|
|Note: At least two French courses must be completed in the fourth year.|
Courses on French language, 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.