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  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

French Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA5221

College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages Department  
Gordy Hall 283
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2765
Fax: 740.593.0729
modern.languages@ohio.edu
http://www.ohio.edu/modlang

Ben Parrot, contact person
parrot@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The French major provides students with a base of knowledge not only in languages, but, just as importantly, in cultural content so vital for understanding and navigating the world. French majors learn to think analytically and critically in courses on literature, culture, linguistics, film, and art, and they acquire clarity of thought and expression through frequent writing assignments and speaking activities. Students enhance their technological skills in our Language Resource Center’s audio, video, and computer labs.

The French faculty is committed to student advising, and to guiding students through the options of double majors, complementary certificate programs, and elective courses. We limit our class sizes so professors can address the needs of individual learners and encourage dialogue, collaboration, openness, and critical thinking.

To complement course work, our student organizations, the French Club and the French Honor Society, sponsor events such as weekly conversation meetings and foreign film series. The French major challenges undergraduate students in a supportive environment where they can thrive and prepare themselves for a successful future.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

French majors are not limited to a specific career track. The ability to think analytically, communicate clearly, and understand people from diverse cultural backgrounds has served our graduates well in a wide range of professions. Ohio University French majors discover that current job listings call for the types of abilities they have acquired through their liberal arts education: communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, a capacity for problem solving, and the ability to learn quickly. Many job listings include foreign language proficiency as a desirable or necessary tool.

In consultation with a faculty advisor and with the help of Ohio University Career Services, students approaching graduation can identify companies and organizations offering job opportunities that correspond to the student’s personal interests. When recent graduates can employ their marketable skills in the pursuit of an individual passion, they greatly enhance their chances for success, satisfaction, and lifelong rewards.

Some of our students combine a major in French with a secondary discipline such as journalism, political science, education, sociology, or business, and then seek employment in print or broadcast media, government, teaching, social services, or industry. These students possess career-specific skills in addition to general knowledge and language proficiency.

Many of our majors acquire additional training prior to seeking employment. Some pursue internships, either in the United States or abroad, in which they employ their foreign language skills in a professional capacity. With faculty guidance, our seniors have successfully competed for postgraduate awards such as Fulbright Scholarships. Many graduates enter M.A. and Ph.D. programs, either in French or another discipline, and go on to academic positions at universities. Others attend law school or medical school. Volunteer service abroad with organizations such as the Peace Corps provides training that can help a student identify a future career track.

Browse through dozens of internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Bobcat CareerLink, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.

Requirements

 

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Modern Languages Majors General Information


Courses in your major must be taken for a letter-grade (A-F). A grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in a course for those hours to count toward a major. All students majoring in a language are strongly urged to study abroad in one of the Department’s programs. A major in Spanish or German requires study abroad.  Suggested electives are classical languages, comparative literature, cultural anthropology, English, fine arts, history of the country in your major interest, and linguistics.

If you are an Arts and Sciences student interested in becoming licensed to teach languages K-12 (elementary, middle school or high school), please seek assistance at the department office, Gordy 283, to meet with language department faculty knowledgeable about language education. Together you can plan how to complete the licensure requirements listed under Modern Languages in the Patton College of Education and Human Services section of the catalog. Prospective teachers are highly encouraged to spend at least one semester in education abroad.

French Hours Requirement


Complete a total of 27 semester credit hours of FR coursework, beyond FR 2120 .

Language and Literature Core Requirements


Complete the following courses, each with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Culture Core Requirements


Complete one of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Language and Literature Expansion


Complete two of the following courses, each with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Study Abroad


Complete a minimum of a 5-week approved study abroad in a French-speaking country.

Oral Proficiency Interview


Complete an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), resulting in a rating of Intermediate High or better.

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