Modern Languages Department
Maria Snyder (chair), Nicole Kaplan
The department of modern languages believes that the ability to communicate (listen, speak, read and write) in another language is fundamental for attaining an understanding of the many cultures that make up the world. For significant intercultural understanding, students must also learn what members of other cultures consider worth talking about: their historical, artistic and literary heritage; their contemporary political, social and economic problems; and their basic customs and values.
Modern language course offerings are intended to build basic communication skills and insight into important topics in literature and culture. All on-campus courses include laboratory sessions with native-speakers or advanced speakers of the target language and are supported by activities in the language, including the language house program and social activities. All courses aim to increase language proficiency and cultural awareness as well as to prepare students for an extended, off-campus immersion in a culture where the target language is spoken.
Students seeking teaching licensure must secure information from the department of modern languages and the department of education concerning departmental and state requirements. Requirements for students seeking teaching licensure are not necessarily identical to those of the general major/minor
For information on earning credit by proficiency in a foreign language, please see the Credit by Proficiency section of this catalog.
The study of French and Francophone cultures is by nature interdisciplinary, bringing together many themes that can be understood using a single language. Courses in the program address not only mastery of language skills, but also intercultural competence and knowledge of the people and places connected by the French language. Distinct courses bring together aspects of languages, culture, translation and business. Most classes are taught exclusively in French in order to maximize the opportunity for students to master the language. However, because a language and its culture are inextricably linked, the French and Francophone Studies program sees the study of language as encompassing much more than coursework. It also involves the opportunity to live in the French House, to have frequent contact with native French assistants and to live and study in France. Taking full advantage of the program prepares students for a broad range of options after graduation, among which are education, graduate school, and the world of international business.
It is strongly recommended that majors and students planning to teach French spend at least one semester's study in a Central College approved French program (or department chair approval). All courses offered in French and offered in a Central College approved French program (or department chair apporval) at the 200- 400 level apply toward the French major.
All French and Franchophone Studies majors will successfully complete a total of at least 35 credits at the 222 level and above.
1. Complete all of the following:
*Note FREN 121, 122 and 221 (or proficiency) are prerequisites for FREN 222, but do not count toward the major.