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The French minor encourages students to work not only toward proficiency in the French language, but to learn about the culture, history, literature, politics, and geography of the French-speaking world. The focus of the French minor is on practical, culture-based proficiency in the use of French.
Course content is both literary and more broadly cultural, drawing on fields such as history, philosophy, politics, economics, and the arts.
Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource
This course introduces students to social, political, economic, intellectual and artistic manifestations of France and the French-speaking world today. Students learn to analyze socio-cultural trends as well as innovations in industry as they unfold and develop by reading French and Francophone newspapers and magazines, watching news broadcasts and exploring online content such as blogs, advertising and social media. Prerequisites: FR 202 or advanced placement.
This is a writing intensive course designed with writing assignments that examine various cultural contexts that enable students to understand cultural content, style, audience and organization. The main objective of the course is increased awareness of and sensitivity to appropriate word choice, and syntax in the language. Students will engage in writing for different cultural audiences and in varied contexts such as literary, artistic and media expressions around the world. Special emphasis is placed on the methodology of close reading as students hone the analytics skills and vocabulary necessary to interpret idioms, regionalism, cultural expressions and overall intercultural skills observed in various genres and cultures. Students will analyze compelling global issues and the diverse cultural perspectives that inform them. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C and a grade of C or better in FR 202 or advanced placement.
This course is primarily a conversation course to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in verbal communication. Task-oriented communication strategies in cross-cultural training will be practiced by presenting students with models that demonstrate appropriate linguistic and cultural competencies. Students will practice these skills by role-playing, giving presentations, enriching self-awareness with practiced in-group discussions on various topics (such as, prejudice, racism, values, and customs) that dispel stereotypes and foster more in-depth social-cultural understanding, and with participation in guided cultural encounters. Students will improve their listening and comprehension skills and deepen cultural proficiency by learning how to communicate and collaborate with other people and cultures in a global age. (This is an oral skills course.) Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FR 202 or advanced placement or permission of the instructor.
Students entering the Minor program in French should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students must complete 15 hours of 300/400-level courses in the language and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the upper-level courses specified as a requirement for the minor. Lower-level courses and prerequisite courses do not count toward the grade point average required for the minor. Only one FR course taught in English may be applied toward the minor.
At least six hours of upper-level courses must be taken through courses offered by Old Dominion University.
To declare a minor the student must have completed ENGL 110C and the 202 course in the language.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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