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Department of French and Francophone Studies

BA with a Major in French and Francophone Studies

Minor in French and Francophone Studies

BA in the Teaching of French


Endorsement for the Teaching of French

Study Abroad Program—French
Distinction


1722 University Hall (UH)
(312) 996–3236 or (312) 996-5218
http://lcsl.las.uic.edu/french
Administration: Head, Ellen McClure, ellenmc@uic.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies, John Ireland, jireland@uic.edu

 



In addition to a sequence of basic French language courses, the Department of French and Francophone Studies offers a Major in French and Francophone Studies, a Major in the Teaching of French, and a Minor in French and Francophone Studies. Intermediate and advanced language courses help students achieve proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing French, as well as understanding how the language is woven into diverse cultural contexts in Francophone countries throughout the world. Similarly, intermediate and advanced literature, civilization, and film courses help students develop a historical sense of French-speaking cultures, as well as the critical and interpretive skills that come from analytical reading, active discussion, and persuasive writing.

A major or a minor in French and Francophone Studies gives students a strong, globally oriented foundation for careers in many fields, such as education, international commerce, law, government, and journalism.

BA with a Major in French and Francophone Studies

Degree Requirements—Major in French and Francophone Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of French and Francophone Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in French and Francophone Studies Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
31
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
89
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in French and Francophone Studies
120

 

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
FR 201—Introduction to French Literature Iab
3
FR 202—Introduction to French Literature IIbc
3
FR 231—Conversation and Composition Id
3
FR 232—Conversation and Composition IId
3
FR 301—Topics in French and Francophone Literature
3
FR 302—Topics in French and Francophone Culture
3
FR 303—Writing in the Disciplinee
1
FR 333—Oral and Written French I
3
One additional FR course at the 200- or 300-level
3
Two 400-level FR electives in literature, civilization, or grammar
6
Total Hours—Major Requirements
31

a This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.
d Fluent French speakers substitute other 200- or 300-level courses for FR 231 and 232.
e FR 303 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in French, please visit the LAS website
http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Minor in French and Francophone Studies

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in French and Francophone Studies must complete 18 semester hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—French and Francophone Studies Minor
Hours
FR 201—Introduction to French Literature I
3
FR 202—Introduction to French Literature II
3
FR 231—Conversation and Composition Ia
3
FR 232—Conversation and Composition IIa
3
Two FR electives at the 200- or 300-level
6
Total Hours—French and Francophone Studies Minor
18

a Fluent French speakers substitute other 200- or 300-level courses for FR 231 and 232.

BA in the Teaching of French

Degree Requirements—Teaching of French

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of French and Francophone degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA in the Teaching of French Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
34
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure
25
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
61
Minimum Total Hours—BA in the Teaching of French
120

 

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
FR 201—Introduction to French Literature Iab
3
FR 202—Introduction to French Literature IIbc
3
FR 231—Conversation and Composition Id
3
FR 232—Conversation and Composition IId
3
FR 301—Topics in French and Francophone Literature
3
FR 302—Topics in French and Francophone Culture
3
FR 303—Writing in the Disciplinee
1
FR 333—Oral and Written French I
3
FR 448—Foundations of Second Language Teaching
3
FR 449—Teaching Second Language Literacy and Cultural Awareness
3
Two 400-level electives in literature, civilization, or grammar
6
Total Hours—Major Requirements
34

a This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.
d Fluent French speakers substitute other 200- or 300-level courses for FR 231 and 232.
e FR 303 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.


Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Courses
Hours
ED 200—Educational Policy Foundations
3
ED 210—The Educative Process
3
ED 330—Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation in the Secondary School
4
SPED 410—Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
3
FR 470—Educational Practice with Seminar I
6
FR 471—Educational Practice with Seminar II
6
Total Hours—Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure
25


In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements as well as maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00 in all LAS and General Education requirements and a GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater in courses for the Teacher Education in French major including education courses. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in French, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.

The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching license with the Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Basic Skills Test must be passed prior to applying for candidacy with the Council on Teacher Education. The Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to licensure. For information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located in 3015 EPASW. See Council on Teacher Education and Secondary Education Program in the College of Education section of the catalog.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Endorsement for the Teaching of French

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach French as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education and meet all of the additional course and other requirements the Board has established. The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application with the State of Illinois and take a subject content examination administered by the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Study Abroad Program—French

A significant portion of the credits for the major or minor in French may be earned through study abroad. Students who wish to be considered for study abroad should consult the director of undergraduate studies concerning prerequisites and requirements.

For general information about study abroad opportunities, please visit the UIC Study Abroad office at http://www.uic.edu/depts/spec_prog/studyabroad/.

Distinction

Students who earn a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all courses taken in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UIC will be awarded departmental distinction.