You will be interested in a French minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A French minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.
You will be interested in a French Translation Certificate if you have advanced French proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certificate exam. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.
A French minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in French, you will:
• Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of France
as well as French Canada, Francophone Africa, and the Caribbean.
• Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and
acquisition: writing, reading,understanding, and speaking.
• Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular
culture, art, and social issues of the French-speaking world.
• Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in a French-
speaking country, interning in a French-speaking environment, or taking
part in a similar immersion experience.
The Translation Certificate Program
This program is a five-course sequence taught online that will provide you with training to translate from French into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship.
You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college French classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in French and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director is also required to complete the admission process.
Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.
Special Elements of the Minor
1. FRE 150 and FRE 151 can be used to fulfill general education requirements. Credit earned for FRE 150 and 151 cannot be applied toward a French minor.
2. Advanced Placement and CLEP credit in French can be applied toward the elective hours needed to complete a minor.You can receive up to 12 hours of credit. A language proficiency exam is required to be placed in courses FRE 250 and above; this is administered by the Program Director.
3. If you are placed into FRE 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition, you must still complete the 20 credits required for a minor in French; you will not receive credit for FRE 250 or FRE 251.
4. First-hand Language Experience. You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak French and to immerse yourself in French-speaking cultures. You can earn French credit while studying overseas through Marygrove’s Study Abroad program. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with French-speaking people. To earn a French minor, you are encouraged to participate in an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country, or approved equivalent.