French at UE
In a more and more diverse, competitive and global workforce, being proficient in a foreign language like French, which is one of the most spoken languages in the world, is undoubtedly a highly-valued skill to have whether you want to be a nurse, a teacher, a journalist, an Art historian, a political science specialist, or an ambassador.
Committed to the mission of making our students global citizens and successful professionals, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Evansville is pleased to offer a full Liberal Arts major and minor in French. Whether you decide to obtain a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French (major) or just a minor, our goal in the French program is to help you acquire not only an advanced proficiency in French, but also sharpen your critical thinking, analytical and intercultural skills through the study of a variety of French and Francophone texts.
While we understand the importance of the linguistic component in any language acquisition, we also believe that broadening students’ horizons through their introduction at all levels to the historical, literary and cultural complexity and diversity of the Francophone world and encouraging them to study abroad is key to a complete and successful training. Assisted by our faculty experts, students are encouraged to go beyond the typical French “postcard,” that is, beyond the limits of Parisian French and the frontiers of France.
Regardless if you are a major or a minor in French, the Department offers a wide range of courses in three major areas to help you excel and fulfill your dreams: Language and linguistics, Literature, and culture. Among those courses are advance coursework in grammar, phonetics, translation, Business French, literature and culture. After obtaining proficiency through the language sequence (FRE 111-212) and complete all pre-requisites (FRE 311), students who wish to pursue a more advanced level in French are able to take advanced courses in phonetics, translation, literature and culture. Courses offered in literature and cultures include courses on Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern France, as well as courses on the history, literatures and cultures of the French Caribbean and Francophone Africa. Other courses address topics on cinema, politics, and society.