French - A.B.

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Degree & Major: French - A.B.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Romance Languages
Kate Daley-Bailey
233 Gilbert Hall
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: Students majoring in French take courses in small classes that emphasize interactive communications and a critical understanding of the culture and institutions of the Francophone world, from metropolitan France to Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In addition to studying cultures of the pre-modern and modern world, students learning French acquire analytic skills, sensitivity to the nuances of written communications and a command of logic that puts those abilities to best use. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad, and a French-language residential community in Mary Lyndon Hall offers the opportunity to maintain accent and fluency while in Athens. With proficiency in French, graduates have a key to careers with financial, legal, journalistic, pharmaceutical, and non-governmental companies and organizations. Should they wish to further their academic study of the French-speaking world, they are well-prepared for advanced degrees.

Career Opportunities: Faculty and advisors consider the goals of each student to provide personalized mentoring to suit their career objectives. Students often choose a double major, combining their study of language with a complementary field in Arts and Sciences, Public and International Affairs, Journalism, or Business. Interdisciplinary certificate programs are often used, along with internships and short-term work abroad, to customize a student’s entry into a desired career in areas such as media and content creation; management and administration; international trade and law; tourism and culture industries; government service; as well as primary, secondary and higher education.
of Transfer Students:
Four courses or 14 semester hours of beginning and intermediate French language course work, equivalent to UGA FREN 1001-2002, are required. Study abroad courses can be used to fulfill part or all of these prerequisites, upon permission of advisors in the department.
Special Requirements: A minimum grade of C is required in course work for this major.

No student may receive credit for any course which is a prerequisite to a course for which college credit has already been received. Exceptions may be made only by the head of the department.

Certain courses in the Department of Romance Languages are not open to native speakers of that language. A native speaker is defined as a person who graduated from a secondary school in which the language of instruction was French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities include travel and related assistance for study abroad.
Study Abroad: The Department of Romance Languages encourages all French majors to participate in an accredited study abroad program for an academic year, a semester or the summer. Contact the Department for information about programs in Aix-en-Provence, Tours, Lyon and Quebec.
Other Learning Opportunities: Lyon student exchange program
Student Organizations: Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society
Available Graduate Programs: The French A.B. prepares students for a wide range of competitive postgraduate degree programs, including the M.A. and Ph.D. with specializations in Literature, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics.