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French

The French major at the University of Mount Union adds a global edge to any degree and opens up a world of possibilities after graduation. Job opportunities for graduates who speak French are abundant throughout the United States and around the world. Having a strong understanding of the cultures and histories of the French-speaking world is paramount for a successful career. Through a strong in-class curriculum and opportunities for real-world experiential learning, the French major prepares students for meaningful work and success in our global world.

French Major Quick Facts

  • The major in French consists of 30 or 32 semester hours of study in the target language, depending on the student’s point of entry into the program.
  • The French major includes study abroad in one of three locations: Pau or Lyon, France, or Chicoutimi, Quebec.
  • The French program welcomes a native French Teaching Assistant who leads conversation classes, French table, and French Club.
  • International internships and work-related experiences are also available.
  • Ohio Teacher Licensure in French is available to students who want to teach at the K-12 level.
  • Alpha Mu Gamma is a national foreign language honorary. Exceptional world language students are invited to join by the Department.
  • French Culture Club is a student-led organization that seeks to bring French culture to its members and the Mount Union community through club events, service projects and socializing.
  • Study Abroad Club is a student-led organization that promotes international education.
  • TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) program.

Curriculum

The French major requirements at Mount Union focus on several different aspects of the French culture. French majors will gain speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the French language. The living patterns, social structure and value systems of the French culture will be discussed along with French literatures. Students will be able to understand the cultures and civilizations of French speaking people along with an understanding of the careers and professions available to French majors. Lastly, students will spend a period of time living and learning in France to experience the culture first hand. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Students will demonstrate the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to function in an environment where French is used exclusively.  Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French at the ACTFL Advanced-Low Level.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and civilizations of the principal groups of people who speak French, from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, geographical, sociopolitical, literary, and artistic.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers.

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