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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

French Language and Literature (FREN)

College of Arts and Humanities
3106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Professors: J. Brami, H. Campangne, C. Mossman, V. Orlando
Associate Professors: S. Benharrech, A. Frisch, M. Scullen
Assistant Professors: M. Baillargeon
Lecturers: E. Cefalo
Professors Emeriti: B. Fink, M. Hage, R. Tarica, P. Verdaguer

The Major

The undergraduate major in French (FREN) is centered on the study of the French language and the literatures and cultures of the French and Francophone people. Our faculty members teach a wide variety of courses in culture, literature, linguistics, stylistics, cinema, civilization, the contemporary French and Francophone world, and women's studies.

Students who complete the requirements for the major can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand French at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers, to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the French-speaking world, and to be culturally sensitive members of society.

Students of French have the option of living in the Language House. University faculty-led programs in Nice (semester or year-long) and Montpellier (summer) are offered by the Department, and all students majoring in French are encouraged to participate in either, or both, of these programs as an integral part of their curriculum. Students may also consider a double major in French and another discipline, such as College of Arts and Humanities majors, Business, International relations, Economics, or Journalism.

Students can satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement by taking the appropriate French language course sequence (103>203), or by taking a higher level French course. 

Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially, i.e., 103, 203, 204, 250, etc. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.

Advanced students of French may substitute 300- or 400-level electives for FREN204, 250, or 301, in consultation with the Advisor.

Placement in Courses

Please see:  www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa .

Requirements for the Major

Required courses (36 credits):


French Grammar and Composition



Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis



Composition and Style



Writing with Style



One from:



Translation: French to English



Translation: English to French



One from:



Advanced Oral Expression



France Today



Resident Director in Nice/Montpellier Course



Also required:



From Romanticism to the Age of Modernism and Beyond



From the Age of Epic and Romance to the Enlightenment



four additional 400-level courses in literature, linguistics, film, and culture, of which only one may be in English


Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

Study Abroad
The Maryland-in-Nice program is one of the University of Maryland's oldest study abroad programs. Depending on placement, students studying for a semester in the program Maryland-in-Nice may earn up to 18 credits toward the completion of the major; students studying in Nice for the academic year may earn up to 33 credits. The department also administers a three-week intensive course in Montpellier (France). For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Requirements for the Minor

French Studies

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)

This 18-credit minor will provide students with a solid overview of linguistic, cultural and literary aspects of the study of French.

Courses required for the minor, in this order, are:

FREN204, FREN250, FREN301

Following completion of this core sequence, students will choose two courses from the following:

FREN302 or FREN303
FREN311 or 312
FREN351, 352, and any 4xx-level course/s*

*Starting in Fall 2013 one 4xx-level elective is now required for completion of the minor in French studies.

  • All courses must be taught in French
  • A maximum of six (6) credits can be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions, with the exception of Maryland in Nice, which allows the transfer of nine (9) credits
  • All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation
  • Students who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 within their minor in order to graduate.
  • Students who begin their study as native/fluent speakers should seek the advice of the advisor before choosing the courses they will use to replace the core minor courses.

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit:  www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.

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