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College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/mcls
 

Description

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in French Literature, Culture and Translation study the language, literature and culture of France and Francophone countries. They gain a respectable measure of competence in reading, writing and oral/aural skills in the French language and basic knowledge of translation techniques. To gain proficiency, students are able to attend a weekly French table. A conversation course sometimes involves speaking to people in France live via teleconferencing and viewing an occasional French film. Kent State also offers study-abroad programs in France during the academic year.
 

Career Opportunities

Students with an interest in teaching who major in French can, by taking the appropriate education courses in addition, pursue careers as PreK-12 French teachers. Teaching is not for everyone, however, nor should it be a fallback for those who do not have a real dedication to it. A major in French Literature, Culture and Translation can also be combined with a major in a variety of other fields that have international components to enhance job opportunities in those fields, such as international relations, international business, art history, non-European history, etc.
 

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

All French Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the French Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in French Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated French faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Perform tasks at Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels of proficiency using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Proficiency in ACTFL terms is understood to describe a range of qualities rather than an absolute norm and will vary according to task type, language function, topic, skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and so forth.

2. Contribute to most informal and some formal conversations with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey their intended message without misrepresentation or confusion. They will for the most part be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

3. Vary the register (formality level) of their speech.

4. Talk about personal interests, topics of general interest, literature and culture, and so forth in the target language

5. Listen to connected discourse on a variety of topics and understand main ideas and most details. This requires processing of different tenses, knowledge of discourse structure, cohesive devices, pronoun systems, and more.

6. Read somewhat longer and more complex prose that have been written for native speakers and not edited or adapted for students. They will be able to read a wide variety of text types such as poems, plays, novels, magazine articles, newspaper articles, brochures, pamphlets, menus, letters, and so forth, Some texts they will understand completely; for others they will be able to grasp the main idea and some or most details.

7. Compose routine social correspondence, take notes, write cohesive summaries and resumes, as well as narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in the target language. Additionally, they will be able to complete course-related writing tasks such as essays and term papers in the target language. They will be able to defend a thesis statement and make stylistic decisions based on the needs of specific audiences and on specific writing purposes.

8.  Demonstrate a historical knowledge of French history and culture and to understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.

9. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion, stereotyping, etc.

10. Learn to recognize and esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural interaction. To this end, study abroad will be encouraged.

11. Learn to view concepts, issues, events, and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups and to esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural communication. Additionally, in learning to recognize and accept cultural differences, they are able to maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors. A successful program will instill in our students a lifetime commitment and desire to continue learning about languages, literatures, and cultures different from their own.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Students can also take upper-division French courses abroad, either through Kent's own year-long program with the University of Bordeaux or with any accredited study abroad program offered by another university. Such programs may be for one semester, one academic year, or one summer. They most benefit students who have already acquired a strong command of the language here before leaving, however.
 

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota
 

Advanced Degree Programs

French: Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy, Literature (M.A.), Secondary Education: French (M.A.T.), Translation: French (M.A.)

 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I.   DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS*
Type Course Title Credits
  FR 13201 Elementary French I (4)  
    13202 Elementary French II (4)  
    23201 Intermediate French I (3)  
    23202 Intermediate French II (3)  
III.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (39 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  FR 33211 French Conversation 3
    33212 French Composition 3
    33214 French Composition Extended 2
    33215 French Phonetics and Diction 3
    33231 Translation Practice: French 1
    33421 French Civilization 3
WIC   33335 Introduction to French Theatre*** 3
WIC   33336 Introduction to French Poetry*** 3
WIC   33337 Introduction to French Novel*** 3
    43213 French Composition-Advanced 3
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation 3
  Choose from the following+: 3
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)  
    30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies (3)  
  Choose from the following French Literature and Culture Electives: 6
  FR 43091 French Seminar (3)  
    43093 Variable Title Workshop in French (3)  
    43096 Individual Investigation (3)  
    43216 Contemporary French Culture (3)  
    43230 Advanced Translation Practice: French (3)  
    43240 Business and Special Texts: French (3)  
    43366 Studies in 19th-Century Novel (3)  
    43368 20th-Century French Novel (3)  
    43369 20th-Century French Poetry (3)  
    43370 20th-Century French Theatre (3)  
    43380 Francophone Literature (3)  
IV.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (81 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language or General Electives**** 14
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Science)***** 3
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Science)****** 3
  General Electives (minimum 6 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
25
MINIMUM TOTAL  121

 

 

* Many students begin their university studies with substantial proficiency in French and therefore, should begin their program of study with the first courses in the French major: FR 33211, FR 33212 and FR 33214. Other students may need to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses: FR 13201, FR 13202, FR 23201, FR 23202. Starting French studies in the appropriate course(s) is critical to on-time graduation. All students intending to major in French should contact a French faculty advisor in the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for placement and advising information prior to enrolling in their first French course. Students entering the university with substantial knowledge of French should consider taking the College-Level Examination Program through which they may receive up to 14 hours of university credit. Students wishing to earn credit through CLEP should take the exam several weeks prior to enrolling in their first French course to ensure eligibility, timely granting of credits and timely placement into the correct French course(s).

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

*** One course must be passed with minimum C grade to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

****Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 hours as a result of starting their French studies in a course higher than FR 13201 will complete remaining hours with general electives.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

******One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Note: All French Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the French Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in French Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated French faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

+ French teaching licensure candidates completing an education minor should take MCLS 30420.


Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the French Literature, Culture and Translation major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.
 
All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.