French (FREN)

Courses and programs in French are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics

Department Policy - Modern Languages and Classics

1. Enrollment in some language courses involves the following formal placement procedures.
Students who have not previously taken a language course at this University, but who have a background in French, must take a placement test available on-line. Students who do not have any background in French should enroll in FREN 1111 without taking the test. At the beginning of each language class, students will also be asked to complete and sign a Language Profile Form attesting their language background.

All information rearding the placement test is available at the following link:

(i) Permission to register or remain in a particular language course can be refused if the Department judges that the student’s knowledge exceeds the level for that course.
(ii) Native speakers are not eligible to receive advanced credit for language courses.
(iii) Completion of Advanced Standing (transfer) courses does not exempt a student from taking the placement test.

2. The student’s eligibility to enroll in language, culture, and literature courses, and in specific sections of those courses, is determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the instructor in light of the student’s ability level in the language concerned, previous course work completed at university or elsewhere, and overall size of the course or section of a course. In matters of placement, the decision of the Chairperson is final.

3. In order to ensure the academic integrity in language courses, especially at the lower levels of instruction, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics does not allow native or near-native speakers of a particular target language to enroll in courses at the 2000 level or lower.
Students who misrepresent their knowledge of any given language by providing inaccurate or incomplete information about their linguistic educational history will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in Academic Regulation 19.

4. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics supports a policy of regular class attendance by students. Frequent, unexplained absences from class will result in a lowering of the final grade in a manner to be determined by each faculty member.

5. Students enrolling in any French course below the 3000 level are required to take a placement test (unless they have previously successfully completed a French course at this University at the 3000 level).

6. Students should note that courses in literature and/or culture fulfill the BA Humanities requirement 3(c) but do not fulfill the 3(b) requirement. The courses designated with an * in front of the number satisfy the 3(c) requirement.

Programs in French

The following programs are available in French: Honours, a major, a minor, a concentration, study abroad, and a certificate of proficiency. See below for details. The Department offers a balanced program involving courses in language, culture and literature.

Those with a solid background in French, especially Francophones or those having attended a French school, are to begin their studies with courses beyond FREN 2235/2236 This condition may also apply to certain high school immersion graduates. Native, near-native, or fluent speakers of French may not enroll in courses at the 2000 level or below. Courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels cannot be taken concurrently.

FREN 2235 is the normal starting point for majors. High school graduates having completed the “Core” program should enroll in FREN 2201. Students who have taken French at another university are asked to consult with the Chairperson before registering.

Students are required to do the online Placement Test (on Departmental Website) in order to find the course that best suits their needs.. Students having previously taken FREN 1111 and 1112 or 2201 and 2202 at Saint Mary’s are not required to take the placement test.

Students interested in doing a Major or a Minor in French or in teaching French as a career are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Department on course selection and teacher training programs as early as possible.

Honours in French

Honours in French with three possible options: Linguistics, Literature and Culture
All prospective honours students should refer to the section of this Calendar pertaining to honours degrees. Students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 can apply to the Registrar for admission to the honours program after having satisfied the requirements of the major program. In addition to the overall grade point average of 3.00 requirement, prospective honors students are expected to have demonstrated a B+ (or 3.3 of GPA out of 4.3) cumulative average in the French major program.

Honours degrees consist of sixty (60) credit hours. Beyond the requirements for the French major, eighteen (18) additional credit hours in French are required: FREN 4500, The Honours Essay, and twelve (12) credit hours at the 3000-4000 level (other than FREN 3307, 3308, 3350 and

TheChair of the Deaprtment will direct students to the appropriate faculty member with whom they will discuss the topic and the nature of the Honours essay. The deadline for such a meeting is May 31, prior to the year of entry into the program. For additional detail regarding Honours guidelines, please go to the department webpage.

Major in French

A major in French normally consists of at least forty-two (42) credit hours in French beyond FREN 2202 with the following requirements:

FREN 3307; 3308 and 3350; 3351

Six (6) credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in culture; Six (6) credit hours at the 4000 level in literature;
Six (6) credit hours at the 4000 level in language;
Six (6) credit hours at the 4000 level in FREN electives.





















































Concentration in French

To obtain a concentration in French in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General Degree (i.e. one with a Double Arts Concentration and a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours), a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in French is required. At most 6 credit hours can be at the 1000 level. Also, the minimum grade point average is 2.00.

Minor in French

A minor in French consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours Students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at the 2000 level or above and a minimum of three (3) credit hours at the 3000 level. Students also have the option of counting a maximum of three (3) credit hours of French culture courses delivered in English towards the minor.

Year Abroad at the Université Catholique d’Angers, France

This study abroad program consists of two semesters: a Fall semester (October - January), and a Spring semester (February – June), during which course work in language, culture and literature is offered. One-month programs are also available in the summer during the months of July, August, and September. These are strictly language courses. Students who successfully complete their programs receive credit recognition at Saint Mary’s University: fifteen (15) credit hours per semester and six
(6) credit hours each for the months of July, August or September. To be eligible to participate in this Study Abroad program, students must have the approval of the Coordinator of the program, and must have a CGPA of 2.00 or above. Although students will take a placement test upon their arrival in France, it is strongly advised that they complete at least six (6) credit hours in French at Saint Mary’s in the year prior to their departure.

Information sessions about the Study Abroad program will be held in the months of October and February every year. Please inquire at the secretary’s office, 902-420-5808.

With the Department’s approval, a student may undertake a year of study at another French-speaking university.

Certificate of Proficiency in French (CPF)

This certificate confirms that the student has earned twenty- four (24) credit hours beyond FREN 1112, with at least twelve (12) of these being at the 3000 level or above. In addition, the student must have passed an oral and written examination and, in so doing, has demonstrated an acceptable level of proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students interested in the certificate program should consult with the Chairperson in order to determine their program of study and to register for the examination which is usually given in the spring. The student’s transcript will bear an entry signifying that the certificate has been awarded.