French Courses and Curriculum

French Courses and Curriculum

French Courses & Curriculum

Qualifications for the Major

All language courses applied to a language major or minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.  Students must maintain a 2.00 GPA in their Major courses to be eligible to graduate with a degree in French.  Students in language-education and dual-major programs are governed by the same requirements.  

Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Curriculum (French):

1. Core Curriculum Requirements: 
View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

2. Major Requirements 

 a) Single FRC Major: Sixteen courses or 48 credits.

FRC 215 Intermediate French
FRC 217 French Composition    
FRC 323 Conversations (I)
FRC 324 Conversations (II)
FRC 332 Substance and Style
6 FRC Major Electives
FRC Capstone or 7th Major Elective
Secondary Language:
ML 103
ML 104
ML 215
ML 217 

b) Dual Major: FRC/EDAD (major and concentration): Twelve courses or 36 credits.

FRC 215 Intermediate French
FRC 217 French Composition
FRC 323 Conversations (I) 
FRC 324 Conversations (II)
FRC 332 Substance and Style
6 FRC Major Electives 
FRC Capstone or 7th Major Elective

c) Dual Major In Two Languages: Eighteen course or 54 credits.

FRC 215 Intermediate French
FRC 217 French Composition
FRC 323 Conversations (I)
FRC 324 Conversations (II)
FRC 332 Substance and Style
4 FRC Major Electives
FRC Capstone or 5th Major Elective
Secondary Language:
ML 215
ML 217
ML 323
ML 324
ML 332
3 ML Major Electives

d) Dual Major: FRC/other Departments and EDCH: Ten course or 30 credits.

FRC 215 Intermediate French
FRC 217 French Composition
FRC 323 Conversation (I)
FRC 324 Conversation (II)
FRC 332 Substance and Style
4 FRC Major Electives
FRC Capstone or 5th Major elective

e) FRC Minor: Six courses or 18 credits.

FRC 215 Intermediate French
FRC 217 French Composition
FRC 323 Conversations (I)
FRC 324 Conversations (II)
FRC 332 Substance and Style
FRC Elective

3.  Additional Requirements:  
Study Abroad Requirement and Cultural Requirement (see descriptions below)

4.  Free Electives
Free Electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.

Study Abroad Requirement 

Louvre, Paris France imageModern Languages, Literatures and Cultures majors are required to study abroad for a minimum of four consecutive weeks in a formal pre-approved program in the target language. Canisius College maintains its own unique programs at the University of Lille (France); the University of Dortmund (Germany); Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (Berlin, Germany); Katholische Universität Eichsatt (Eichstatt, Germany); the University of Oviedo (Spain); the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Puerto Rico). Education majors with a concentration in a Modern Language are highly encouraged to study abroad as well.

Other study abroad possibilities include, but are not limited to and are not necessarily pre-approved for study abroad credit for the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures major, the Beijing Center (China), Lorenzo de Medici (Florence, Italy); Mediterranean Center for the Arts and Sciences in Sicily and John Cabot University in Rome; Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan); the University of Uppsala (Uppsala, Sweden); and the Academy of Fine Arts (Warsaw, Poland). 

Students who choose to spend a semester abroad at a foreign university may count up to three courses as a Modern Language Core or Elective as long as these courses have been pre-approved by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Students who spend more than one semester studying at a foreign university or universities may count an additional two courses as a Modern Language Core or Elective. Exceptions to these rules will require special permission from the chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Credits for short programs abroad are determined by the number of contact hours. Students who choose to dual major in two languages are required to study abroad in a formal pre-approved program for both target languages.

As a general rule, students must complete the 215 & 217 sequence or the equivalent and one 300-level course at Canisius College prior to studying at a foreign university.  Consultation with a Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures academic major advisor is required prior to study abroad. It is a must that students will complete at least one course in the major upon return to Canisius College.

Eligible students, whether majors or not, are also encouraged to participate in one or more of the non-academic summer internships that are maintained by the college in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain.

Atlantis Program is a special opportunity for business majors to earn a Canisius degree and a European degree at IECS School of Management/Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France or at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. This is a thirteen-month program divided between Antwerp and Strasbourg.

Cultural Requirement

Mardi Gras celebration

Over the course of the semester, each student in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures in courses 103 and above will participate in or attend two cultural events or activities outside of regular class time. One of them must be related to the culture of the language under study. The second should at least have a multicultural character. 

A current list of events acceptable in fulfillment of the cultural requirement will be posted electronically and updated weekly by the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department. Suggestions by students are welcomed and encouraged.

Dual Major 

Language study lends itself uniquely to the concept of the dual major. Students may combine language programs with virtually any major, but of particular interest and practicality are dual majors with international business, international relations, communication, economics, marketing-management, philosophy, history, English, political science, art history, biology and chemistry.

Dual majors in French and another department must complete FRC 215-217, 323-324,332 plus five French electives. Dual majors in two languages must complete FRC 215-217, 323-324 and 332 in both languages plus five electives in their primary language and three electives in their secondary language. 

Education Majors with Language Concentration

Education majors fall into three separate tracks:  those with a concentration in a Modern Language at the K-6 levels (Early Childhood and Childhood) are required to take a total of ten language courses beginning at a minimum of the 215-217 level; those with a concentration in a Modern Language at the secondary levels (Adolescence Education) are required to take a total of twelve language courses beginning at a minimum of the 215-217 level; and, those with a dual major in any Education track and a Modern Language are required to take a total of twelve language courses beginning at a minimum of the 103-104 level. 

Placement into Courses

AP placement guideline, common to FRC, GER, and SPA programs

  • AP score of 3 places students in 215 (credit for 103/104)
  • AP score of 4 places students in 217 (credit for 104/215)
  • AP score of 5 places students in 323/324/332 (credit for 215/217)

FRC, SPA General Guidelines, based on HS languages:

  • 0-1  years of HS=placement in 103
  • 2-3  years of HS=placement in 104
  • 4     years of HS=placement in 215
  • 5     years of HS=placement in 217

Native Speaker

Native speakers of languages other than English receive a language requirement waiver if they are able to provide documentation of their native speaker status. Examples of documents include, but are not limited to, a school diploma received from a country where the language of instruction is not English or an internationally recognized examination certifying language abilities.

Native speakers of French may be allowed to replace one or more of the required 300-level courses with a 300- or 400-level major elective, upon consultation with their departmental advisor. Second language proficiency is required ONLY for graduate-track majors, although it is strongly advised for language-education majors. 

Courses

FRC 103-104 Introductory French   6 credits
Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Introduction to French and francophone culture.  Almost exclusive use of French in class.  Prerequisite for 104: Grade of C or better in FRC 103 or permission of chair.  FRC 103 Fall; FRC 104 Fall and Spring.

FRC 215 Intermediate French            3 credits
This course is designed as a thorough review of grammatical structures. Also emphasized is the building of vocabulary, increasing competence in the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and gaining an overview of Francophone cultures. Exclusive use of French in class.  Prerequisites for FRC 215: C or better in FRC 104 or four years of high school French.

FRC 217 French Composition      3 credits
Distinguishing and producing effective writing of different types: essay, correspondence, description, and report. Exclusive use of French in class. Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 215. Fall and Spring.

FRC 300 Intermediate Internship, in France         3 credits
Comparative study of a designated aspect of popular culture in France. For students who have not yet completed FRC 217. Prerequisite: Permission of chair.

FRC 323 Topics in Conversation I             3 credits
Contemporary communication skills emphasized in general exploration of contemporary culture of the Francophone world. Exclusive use of French in class. Phonetics may be included.  Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 217 or permission of Chair. Fall. Oral Communication Attribute.

FRC 324 Topics in Conversation II             3 credits
A continuation of  FRC 323. Exclusive use of  French in class.  Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 323 or permission of chair. Spring. Oral Communication Attribute.

FRC 332 Substance and Style: Effective Writing in French      3 credits
Distinguishing and producing effective writing of different types; essay, correspondence, description, self portrait, report, curriculum vitae. Exclusive use of French in class.  Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 217. Spring.

FRC 351 Junior French Seminar & Special Topics        3 credits
Intensive analysis of selected literary, cultural, and historical works. Research paper required. Exclusive use of French in class. Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 324 and FRC 332 or permission of chair.

FRC 400 Advanced Internship in France          3 credits
Comparative study of a designated aspect of culture in France. For students who have already completed FRC 332. Prerequisite: Permission of chair.

FRC 433-434 Survey of  French and Francophone Literature I/II          6 credits
Selected readings of literary works from France and the Francophone world.  Exclusive use of French in class. Prerequisite for FRC 433: C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair. Prerequisite for FRC 434: C or better in FRC 433 or permission of chair. FRC 433 Fall, FRC 434 Spring. Field 3-Arts, Global Awareness Attribute. 

FRC 437 French and Francophone History and Culture Through Film I          3 credits
Via feature-length films and documentaries, the history and culture of France and the Francophone world are explored.  An emphasis is placed on how France’s and the Francophone world's history and culture impact its current policies on international relations. Exclusive use of French in class. Prerequisite for FRC 437: C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair.  Fall. Field 3-Arts, Global Awareness Attribute. 

FRC 439 French and Francophone History and Culture Through Film II          3 credits
A continuation of FRC 437.  Via feature-length films and documentaries, selected topics in contemporary issues of French and Francophone societies are explored. Exclusive use of French in class. Prerequisite for FRC 439:  C or better in FRC 437 or permission of chair.  Spring. Field 3-Arts, Global Awareness Attribute.

FRC 441-442 Advanced French for Business I/II          6 credits
Advanced aural/oral and writing skills needed for working in a French-speaking environment. Via the case-study method, practical situations, technical vocabulary and correspondence are highlighted. Exclusive use of French in class. Preparation for the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris Examination.  Prerequisite for FRC 441:  C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair. Prerequisite for FRC 442:  C or better in FRC 441 or permission of chair. FRC 441 Fall, FRC 442 Spring. Global Awareness Attribute.

FRC 449 Nos Voisins du Nord:  Exploring the Francophone Regions of Canada          3 credits
Exploration of the history, culture, and literature of the varied Francophone groups of Canada, extending from the Maritime provinces (home to the Acadian populations) to Quebec and to as far west as Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  Connections between these Francophone regions of Canada with the Francophone groups of New England and Louisiana will also be explored.  Prerequisite for FRC 449: C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair. Field 3-Arts, Global Awareness Attribute.

FRC 451 French Seminar & Special Topics          3 credits
Intensive analysis of culture and/or selected literary and historical themes. Research paper required. Exclusive use of French in class. Discipline specific topics according to course instructor.  Prerequisite: C or better in FRC 324 and FRC 332 or permission of chair. Field 3-Arts.

FRC 452 Tour de l’Amérique du Nord: Following the French in North America          3 credits
Exploration of the rich history of the French in North America from the time of Nouvelle France (the era of Samuel de Champlain, the Huron-Wendat, les coureurs des bois, Marguerite Bourgeoys, Jeanne Mance, and les Filles du Roi), La Guerre de Conquête (England defeats France and gains control of Quebec), and Le Grand Dérangement (the uprooting of the Acadian People) to the present day reemergence of language reacquisition among the multiple Franco-American communities in the United States. Prerequisite for FRC 452: C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair. Field 3-Arts, Global Awareness Attribute.

FRC 453 War and Memory          3 credits
The primary objective of this course is to show how the impact of the events of World War II and the Occupation of France still play a major role in the cultural and economic forces at work in contemporary France.  Students will discuss particularly the mentality and demeanor of the French, the permanent and evolving traits of French society and the grounding of French culture.  Novels, memoirs, autobiographies, documentaries, feature-length films, and historical readings will form the basis for class discussions.  Prerequisite for FRC 453: C or better in FRC 324 and 332 or permission of chair. Global Awareness Attribute.

FRC 454 Héritages Francophones         3 credits
The goal of this course is to examine the Francophone cultures in the United States and Canada. The communities to be explored include descendants of Acadians in the St. John Valley of Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada; the Cajun populations of Louisiana; the Haitian community in Miami; and the immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Europe. The focus on these communities will naturally include an examination of the countries or the areas of origin of these various groups. Field 3-Arts, Diversity Attribute.

FRC 499 Independent Study    3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of chair.

French student Kayla in the Louisiana bayou