French

Bachelor of Arts, World and Classical Languages and Cultures

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Department Overview

The objective of the department is to provide students with cultural and linguistic competency in a foreign language. This includes conveying to students knowledge and understanding of a different language, people and culture, and to give them a method of viewing the world with a broader perspective. This objective is focused on students developing the ability to communicate on various levels in the target language and to gain an appreciation of cultural products and perspectives of speakers of other languages.

Degree Objectives

  • Learn fundamental skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading of another language
  • Develop the ability to communicate on various levels in the target language
  • Gain an appreciation of the literature written in that language
  • Convey a knowledge and understanding of a different language, people and culture and to give them a method of viewing the world with a broader perspective

Career Opportunities

  • Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Journalism
  • Travel
  • Social services
  • Health professions
  • Law school
  • Law enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Peace Corps
  • International non-government organizations

Contact

Daphne McConnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Contact by Email
913.360.7586

St. Benedict Hall

  • Veronica Charbonnet
    Instructor
  • Dr. Filiberto Mares Hernández 
  • Visiting Instructor
  • Dr. Daphne McConnell
    Professor and Chair
  • Dr. Edward Mulholland
    Associate Professor
  • Dr. Francisco León Rivero
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Julie Sellers
    Associate Professor

Freshmen Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
FREN-1000Beginning French4
GNST-1000, BC Experience1
THEO-1010Introduction to Theology3
Two Foundations courses (see below)6
Total17
FREN-1020Second Semester French3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Two Foundations courses (see below)6–7
Elective3
Total16–17

Student should select courses to fulfill the following Foundations during the freshman and sophomore years:

  • Historical Inquiry (1 course)
  • Natural World (1 course with or without lab)
  • Person and Community (1 course; recommended freshman year)
  • Faith (1 course; recommended sophomore or junior year)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (1 course)
  • Note there are several courses in the major that fulfill foundations.

Sophomore Year

FREN-2010Intermediate French4
Natural World Foundation3–4
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Electives6
Total16–17
Upper-level French course3
Faith Foundation3
Electives or foundation8
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
EXSCFitness course1
Total16

Junior Year

Study Abroad (to include FREN-3610, French Civilization)18
Total18
FREN-3650Francophone Literature & Civilization3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Electives or foundation9
Total15

Senior Year

French Literature Course3
Mathematical Reasoning Course3
Electives9
Total15
FREN-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
Electives17
Total17

* Please note that students majoring in French are strongly encouraged to double major; thus courses indicated as electives would ideally fulfill another major.

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Foreign Language, Spanish, Latin, and International Studies
  • Minors in French, Spanish, Foreign Language, Latin, and International Studies

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