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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
Cleveland State University
   
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

French, B.A.



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Minimum hours required for degree: 120

Minimum hours required for major: 35

Admissions to major: Completion of FRN 102  or equivalent

Placement
A student who has completed French course work in high school or at another institution and who wishes to continue the study of that language must begin course work for credit at the level consistent with her or his academic background. A placement test is required for all students with less than three years of high school French or the equivalent. Students who have had three or more years of previous study must consult with an adviser in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to determine the appropriate level. As a general guideline, students who read and write French fluently must begin course work for credit at the 300-level or higher. Students considering a major in French must consult with an adviser in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures concerning projected plans of study.

Retroactive Credit
Students are eligible to earn up to 15 retroactive credits for previous knowledge of French. This policy is for students who have completed a foreign-language skills course and who earned a B- or better in that course. For example, if your first French skills course is FRN 102  and you receive an A or B, you can receive credit for FRN 101 . Consult the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 216-687-4646 for further information.

Credit by Examination
Students who successfully complete the Advanced Placement language examinations may be eligible for credit. For further information, refer to the External Test Credits section of the Registrar’s Office website: http://www.csuohio.edu/registrar/external-test-credit

Note that only courses at the 200-level and above may count toward a French major or minor. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applied to the major. See major and minor requirements below.

Major-Field Requirements


Students seeking a major in French must complete 35 credit hours in French above the 100 level, distributed as follows:

b. Literature (1 course)


one of the following:

Transfer Students


Transfer students must complete at least 18 credit hours of the 35 required for the major in residence at Cleveland State University in order to earn a degree.

Major Credit


Up to 6 credit hours of relevant coursework in English, practicum in language, independent study, literature in translation, or credit by examination may count toward the major with the approval of the French advisor.

No grade below C in a major course may count toward the major.

Study Abroad


Majors and minors are encouraged to take advantage of Cleveland State University’s exchange programs in Clermont-Ferrand and Rouen; and/or a summer study trip to France. Normally up to 17 semester hours of study abroad may count toward the major requirements (additional credit may count toward the total hours needed for graduation). Majors should seek departmental approval of foreign study plans before departure, and must complete at least two 300- and/or 400-level courses in their major area after return from study abroad.

For further information regarding the possibility of foreign study and summer programs available through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, contact the department office at  216-687-4646.

Teacher Licensure


Students preparing to teach will fulfill the requirements for the B.A. in French and the licensure sequence in the College of Education and Human Services for the Education, Foreign Language, Grades PreK to 12 (French or Spanish), with Multi-age Licensure.

Students seeking a B.A. in French with teaching licensure must, in fulfilling the major requirements, take FRN 315 Phonetics and complete a minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level. 

The PreK-12 licensure sequence includes courses in elementary and secondary foreign-language methods. Students will need to follow the sequence as described in the College of Education and Human Services section. See also Education, Foreign Language, Grades PreK to 12 (French or Spanish), with Multi-age Licensure .

Before admission to student teaching, students must take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE), demonstrate oral and writing proficiency at the ACTFL “Advanced-Low” level through official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), both administered by ACTFL. Students will need to have their skill level assessed as early as possible in the program and then work with their advisers to plan study experiences that provide appropriate opportunities for improvement. Foreign Language methods courses must be completed during the semester preceding student teaching.

Honors Program/University Scholars Requirements


The following requirements apply to students accepted into the University Honors College who are earning a B.A. degree in French or Spanish:

1) CRITICAL THEORY/METHODS REQUIREMENTS (4 CREDITS):

Honors/Scholars students will be required to take a course on methodology or critical theory. Spanish students should enroll in the Spanish research methods courses, SPN 493. French students should take one of the following: ENG 360 Studies in Literary Criticism, ENG 363 Gender Issues, ENG 382 Canonicity, HIS 601 methods of Historical Research, HIS 695 Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History, or SPN 493 Spanish Research Methods. A similar course may be substituted for those listed above with permission of the Honors/Scholars advisor in the department. It is recommended that students enroll in this course in their junior year if possible, to prepare them for the research they will conduct during their senior year.

2) TWO CONTRACT COURSES (8 CREDITS):

Honors/Scholars students will take two 300 or 400 level content courses in their major as “contract honors courses.” These may be required or elective courses such as special topics courses taught in the language, and can include course taught as part of a study abroad program. Contract courses involve contracting with the instructor to do additional work (on a term paper, for example) that demonstrates a more in depth, rigorous, and analytical approach to the topic, similar to what is expected at the graduate level. Language skills classes (301, 302 or 402) are exempted.

3) SENIOR HONORS PROJECT (3 CREDITS, FRN 491H; SPN 491H):

Honors/Scholars students will complete a 3 credit independent study honors project. The project will result in a well researched and well written paper that shows critical thinking and application of critical methods. In addition to the written paper, Honors/Scholars students will be required to make an oral presentation of their project to a group of faculty and students. Students will be expected to submit an initial proposal to their advisor at the end of their junior year. Once the proposal is approved, they should begin researching their project. A completed project is due at the end of their final semester along with an oral presentation on the project. Projects may be researched as part of a study abroad program with permission of the department’s Honors/Scholars advisor.

4) SERVICE LEARNING COMPONENT (2 CREDITS OF PRACTICUM FRN 300/400 OR SPN 300/400):

We expect Honors/Scholars students to serve as positive role models and mentors, and to demonstrate leadership qualities that set them apart from most regular students. To that end, Honors/Scholars students will be required to complete two credits of service learning or community involvement activities that relate to their major language. These activities can take place on campus, in the community or as part of a study abroad program. Students will contract with their advisor for the type and number of activities to fulfill this requirement, along with an appropriate assessment mechanism (i.e. keeping a log or journal of activities, writing a final summary paper). Acceptable activities include (but are not limited to):

· Tutoring lower-level language students

· Participating in student language clubs in a leadership capacity

· Volunteering to help with language-related activities such as lecture or film series, or a conference

· Organize activities such as a field trip to a museum, art gallery, concert, film, local ethnic restaurant, etc.

5) 41 CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

With the addition of the methods/criticism course and service learning component, Honors/Scholars students will be expected to earn 5 credits above the required 36 credits for the major. The Senior Honors project will count as elective credit that is part of the 36 credits required for the major.

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