The French language is spoken in nearly 30 countries worldwide. Take the opportunity to discover the language of an international community within the context of a Christ centered education.

Overview

Calvin's French program will help you develop both language and cultural proficiency through courses and numerous cultural engagement opportunities. Calvin's semester program in Grenoble, France is designed to take you to the next level in your acquisition of the French language. Use this major to prepare for further study in graduate school, as a subject matter concentration for the teacher education program or as a complement to other majors and minors at Calvin, such as business, history and philosophy.

Careers in French

  • Professor
  • Missionary
  • Businessperson
  • International Aid Worker
  • Peace Corps. Volunteer
  • Doctor
  • Attorney
  • Financial Services Administrator
  • Librarian
  • Minister
  • More

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Student involvement

Study abroad in a French-speaking country; become a French tutor and conversation group leader; participate in department-wide events like the annual French film festival, Pause café, Christmas party and French chapel.

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By the numbers

100%
Students who participate in cross-cultural learning
7
Modern languages taught at Calvin
9%
Students who have international citizenship

Course Requirements 2013-14

French major

(31 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from the francophone world:
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • One from French literature:
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • Five electives chosen from any of the following:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • STFR-381 Special Topics in French
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
    • FREN-W60 French Interim
    • FREN-W80 French Interim

Study in France courses are: STFR-315 Advanced Language Study in France I, STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II, STFR-381 Special Topics, STFR-330 Contemporary France, STFR-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec, STFR-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora, and STFR-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa. Note: STFR-361, STFR-362 and STFR-363 may fulfill either the francophone world course requirement or serve as an elective. Only one of these three courses will be taught in a particular semester abroad.

All majors must take the French Department competency exam preferably in the spring of their senior year.

French minor

(19 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from the francophone world:
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • Two electives chosen from any of the following:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • STFR-381 Special Topics in French
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
    • FREN-W60 French Interim
    • FREN-W80 French Interim

French elementary/secondary education major

(31 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World Lang Pedagogy
  • One elective chosen from:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • STFR-381 Special Topics in French
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
    • FREN-W60 French Interim
    • FREN-W80 French Interim
  • All French education majors must complete the study in France program (15 hours):
  • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
  • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
  • STFR-330 Contemporary France
  • STFR-381 Special Topics in French
  • One from:
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa

French elementary/secondary education minor

(22 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • One from:
  • Two electives chosen from:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • STFR-381 Special Topics in French
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
    • FREN-W60 French Interim
    • FREN-W80 French Interim

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Otto Selles

Otto Selles
Professor
Department of French
HH 427C
oselles@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6805

Jolene Vos-Camy

Jolene Vos-Camy
Professor, department chair
Department of French
HH 427A
jvos@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6324

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Jolene Vos-Camy Jolene Vos-Camy
Department Chair
Department of French
HH 427A
jvos@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6324

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