2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 16, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog

Languages and Literatures: Concentration in French

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The French concentration is designed to give students a solid foundation in the French language and expose them to the history and culture of many countries in the Francophone world. With faculty specializing in pedagogy, linguistics and literature, the French section offers students the ability to pursue advanced studies in a wide array of fields. Some French majors have gone on to study law, French, art history, philosophy, while others 2 are working for a wide variety of employers from the Center for American Progress to the Michelin corporation.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds: some have studied French in High School others have started here at UNCA. We welcome double majors from the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Students concentrating in French are also encouraged to participate in our Study Abroad Program; students have studied in a variety of countries, such as Guadeloupe, Morocco, France, Switzerland and Senegal.

The French concentration offers a wide variety of courses in French language, literature and civilization. In small upper-division classes, topics of permanent human significance are discussed and related to personal interests. Through the experience of a culture, language and literature — closely linked historically to their own — students are able to gain distance and awareness, stretch their intellectual horizons and at the same time prepare for careers. The department encourages travel and study abroad and helps students apply for Fulbright and other scholarships to France and admission to graduate schools.

I. Required courses in the concentration—34 hours:

Students whose level of proficiency does not allow them to start with FREN 230 will be required to complete the appropriate prerequisite courses. Students who place out of one or more of the required courses must still complete 32 hours of French, not including the prerequisite courses, for the concentration.  At least one-half of the hours required for the concentration must be completed at UNC Asheville.

II. Required courses outside the major—None

III. Other departmental requirements:

Competency in French will be demonstrated by a capstone project consisting of research plus oral and written presentations on French language, literature or civilization, to be carried out in one of the 400-level courses, as approved by the department chair. Oral proficiency will be tested after completion of FREN 300. Students must demonstrate satisfactory oral proficiency before undertaking the capstone project.

Liberal Arts Core (LAC)

For additional information about the Liberal Arts Core and the specific courses that fulfill the requirements, visit the Office of the Registrar website, https://registrar.unca.edu/liberal-arts-core.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

The credit hours listed are the minimum required.

Requirement Credits
First-Year Seminar 3
Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry 4
Humanities 12
Laboratory Science 4
Scientific Perspectives 3
Quantitative Perspectives 4
Social Science 3
Second Language (proficiency through the 2nd semester) 0-4
Arts and Ideas 3
Senior Capstone 4
Diversity Intensive 3


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