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Mais oui! French remains an important language for diplomatic and professional use … not to mention for sampling some of the best cuisine in the world! At North Central College, you can develop your French skills and become more knowledgeable about French-speaking areas around the globe.

Do you like lively classroom conversations and debates? You’ll get plenty of that in your French classes! Want to find additional ways to practice your French? Check out the services of the Language Resource Center.

You’ll also find plenty of informal opportunities to help you develop your French skills. We schedule language tables, le Cercle français (French club), field trips to French-related sites in the Chicago area, and community events. Spending time with exchange students from France and other francophone areas will help you build your language skills. Venez voir!

Every year we send several students on our exchange program to Angers, France, where they study side-by-side with French students at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. It’s a great way to perfect your abilities in French, experience French culture and meet new friends. We invite all our French students to participate in study abroad opportunities.

Explore the French-Speaking World!

A Journey through the History of France!

Immersion/Cultural Change in Morocco!

Since 2006, North Central French faculty and students traveled to France during D-Term. French Professor Norval Bard accompanies these students on a tour of the history and culture of France. 

French, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

B.A. Requirements:

A major in French consists of at least 30 credit hours, at the level of FRN 201 or above, including three credit hours at the 400-level.

Additional Courses:

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements. Note: Once FRN 310 has been successfully completed, courses below the level of 310 in French may not be taken for credit except with consent of the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

A typical student majoring French with a Secondary Education Supplemental major will need over 120 total credit hours to graduate.

French Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Requirements:

A minor consists of at least 18 credit hours, including six credit hours at the 300-level.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

FRN 101 Elementary French I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structures of the French language, with emphasis on listening and speaking.

FRN 102 Elementary French II (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary French I.

FRN 103 Elementary French III (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary French II.

FRN 201 Intermediate French I (3.00)
Development of reading and writing skills, with continued emphasis on listening and speaking.

FRN 202 Intermediate French II (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate French I. Core: Humanities.

FRN 203 Intermediate French III (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate French II.

FRN 220 Readings in French (1.00)
Weekly reading and discussion of texts in French. Repeatable with different content. Instructor consent required.

FRN 250 Techniques in French Composition (3.00)
Emphasis on improving proficiency through grammar review, advanced writing, and discussion of short texts.

FRN 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

FRN 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

FRN 310 Style and Structure in French Composition (3.00)
Emphasis on improving oral and written proficiency through the study and discussion of core texts. Students develop a sense of the various techniques that contribute to style and use these techniques in their own writing.

FRN 320 Le Francais Commercial (2.00)
An introduction to French company organization and related activities (employment, correspondence, simulated transactions), with emphasis on the language skills needed to function effectively in a French business setting.

FRN 325 Survey of French Literature: Medieval - 17th Century (3.00)
An overview of major works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

FRN 326 Survey of French Literature - 18th to 21st Century (3.00)
An overview of major works of French literature from the 18th century to the present.

FRN 327 Survey of French and Francophone Women Writers (3.00)
An introduction to the works of women writers from Medieval France to contemporary France and Francophone cultures.

FRN 330 History of France (3.00)
The development of French culture and civilization from its origins to the beginning of the Fifth Republic. Core: Humanities.

FRN 331 Contemporary France (3.00)
The institutions and social structures of France from the establishment of the Fifth Republic to the present. Core: Social Science.

FRN 338 Vichy France (3.00)
A study of France under the Nazi Occupation in World War II, including a focus on collaboration, rescue and resistance, survival, and memory. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

FRN 370 Francophone Africa (3.00)
An exploration of the socio-cultural changes in Francophone Africa resulting from colonization and independence, as reflected in contemporary and traditional literature.

FRN 380 French Cinema (3.00)
The history and development of French cinema from the Lumiere Brothers to the present.

FRN 390 Topics (3.00)
Advanced study of selected literary and cultural topics. Repeatable with different topic.

FRN 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

FRN 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

FRN 420 Medieval French Literature (3.00)
A selection of genres, authors, and texts from various periods in the French Middle Ages.

FRN 470 Humor in French Literature (3.00)
A study of comic modes throughout French literary history, with an emphasis on theoretical approaches to the questions that literary humor raises.

FRN 480 French Theatre (3.00)
An in-depth study of the major developments in French theatre, from the 17th century to the 20th.

FRN 490 Seminar (3.00)
Advanced study focusing on a specific literary or cultural topic, with emphasis on student-directed inquiry and the development of individual projects and presentations. Repeatable with different topic.

FRN 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

FRN 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
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630-637-5125
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
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630-637-5123
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
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630-637-5126
Silvia Goldman

Assistant Professor of Spanish
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630-637-5277
Sophie Hand

Professor of French
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Fukumi Matsubara

Professor of Japanese
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630-637-5128
Beverly Richard Cook

Professor of Spanish
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Jelena Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Jinai Sun

Assistant Professor of Chinese
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630-637-5263
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
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Ivy Walters

Half-time Assistant Professor of Spanish
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630-637-5227
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German
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630-637-5284

We offer extra-curricular and international activities that will enrich your French language education

Sur le campus. At North Central we know you want opportunities to use your French in real-life situations. Le Cercle français (French club) meets weekly to sponsor activities related to French themes. In conjunction with our courses, we schedule occasional trips to take advantage of French-related sites in the Chicago area. Additionally, the presence of French-speaking international students provides you with almost daily opportunities to use your French on campus.

A l’étranger. Every year there are options to travel abroad and earn credit for North Central while studying in French-speaking environments. For instance, we send several students on our exchange program to Angers, France, where they study side-by-side with French students at a French university. It’s a great way to perfect your abilities in French, experience French culture, and meet new friends. In recent years we have also sent students to study in Sénégal, in West Africa.

A quick, short-term way to experience French or francophone culture is to participate in one of the travel/study programs offered during D-Term. These are short, focused courses led by French professors to allow you to develop your understanding of cultural topics on site. Recent trips have gone to France and to Morocco! Venez avec nous!


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