2011-12 General Bulletin

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Phone: 216-368-2633; Fax: 216-368-6078
Laura Hengehold, Program Director

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

Designed to develop cross-cultural awareness and to foster international understanding, the French and Francophone Studies (FFS) program adds an exciting dimension to the traditional liberal arts curriculum. The French and Francophone Studies major differs from the traditional French major in two respects: its interdisciplinary nature and its greater flexibility in accommodating students’ areas of interest. The FFS major answers the needs of students with a strong interest in cultural issues in general and in French and Francophone history and society in particular. By allowing students to take course work in English, the FFS major allows them to profit from the many courses in various departments that focus on France and the Francophone world.

The FFS Program is an interdisciplinary, integrated program that understands the term “French” in its broadest sense. It thus reflects the diversity of the field of French studies, which explores varied cultures of Francophone expression: Canada, the Caribbean, North and West Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Reaching beyond disciplinary and national boundaries, the program encourages students to choose from a large selection of courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. In this way, it provides both a meaningful course of study and an outstanding preparation for graduate or professional schools and for careers in international business and finance, law, journalism, diplomatic service, nonprofit and other international organizations, health, teaching, or the arts.

Department Faculty

Laura E. Hengehold, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, French and Francophone Studies Program

Gilbert Doho, PhD
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Marie Lathers, PhD
Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities

Miriam R. Levin, PhD
Professor of History

Cheryl Toman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Major   |  Teacher Licensure  Study Abroad  I  Minor

Undergraduate Programs


Each student prepares a program of study in close consultation with a faculty advisor drawn from the advisory committee. Students should also discuss their choice of a minor or a second major with their advisor.

French and Francophone Studies (FFS) majors should demonstrate French language ability by completing French 201-202 or the equivalent. They will also take at least one 300-level FRCH course (see Foundations in Culture courses below).

The major in French and Francophone Studies requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in the following areas:

1. Foundations in Language (8 hours)

For students entering at the 200-level of French language:
FRCH 201Intermediate French I4
FRCH 202Intermediate French II4
Students entering at the 300-level of language study complete 21 credits in Electives section below:
Total Units8


2. Foundations in Culture: Introduction to French and Francophone cultures (9 hours)

FRCH/WLIT 295The Francophone World3
Two of the following:6
Contemporary France
The Origins of France
Modern France
The French Revolutionary Era
Total Units9


3. Electives: Related Courses in French and Other Disciplines (15-21 hours)

Students select from courses that focus on French and Francophone cultures in FRCH and other disciplines (art history, political science, history, etc.). These are chosen from the approved list (see below) and in conjunction with a program advisor. No more than 9 of these credits may be chosen from FRCH courses.

ANTH 337Comparative Medical Systems3
ANTH 356Mediterranean Culture and Society3
ANTH 399Independent Study1-6
Art History
ARTH 240Architecture: Ancient to 18503
ARTH 260Art in the Age of Grandeur3
ARTH 280Modern Art and Modern Science3
ARTH 284History of Photography3
ARTH 290Introduction to the Art of Sub-Saharan Africa3
ARTH 340Issues in the Art of China3
ARTH 36717th and 18th Century French Art3
ARTH 374Impressionism to Symbolism3
ARTH 379Issues in 19th Century Art3
ARTH 381Neoclassicism to Realism3
ARTH 392Issues in 20th/21st Century Art3
ARTH 398Independent Study in Art History1-3
ECON 372International Finance3
ECON 373International Trade3
ECON 375Economics of Developing Countries3
ENGL/WLIT 290Masterpieces of Continental Fiction3
ENGL 301Linguistic Analysis3
ENGL/WLIT 368CTopics in Film3
ENGL 379Topics in Language Studies3
ENGL/WLIT 387Literary and Critical Theory3
HSTY 151Technology in European Civilization3
HSTY 201
  &  202
Science in Western Thought I
   and Science in Western Thought II
HSTY 212Modern European History3
HSTY 215Europe in the 20th Century3
HSTY 220The Early Modern Mediterranean3
HSTY 234France and Islam3
HSTY 250Issues and Methods in History3
HSTY 268Colonialism in Africa3
HSTY 309/RLGN 374Reformation Europe, 1500-16503
HSTY 310The French Revolutionary Era3
HSTY 314Impostors in Early Modern Europe3
HSTY/RLGN 315Heresy and Dissidence in the Middle Ages3
HSTY 332European Diplomacy in the Age of Nationalism: 1789-19453
HSTY/POSC 348History of Modern Political and Social Thought3
HSTY 397Undergraduate Tutorial1-3
International Studies
INTL 396International Independent Study1-3

MUHI 301History of Western Music I3
MUHI 302History of Western Music II3
MUHI 303History of Western Music III3
PHIL 302Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 315Selected Topics in Philosophy3
PHIL 325Philosophy of Feminism3
PHIL 399Directed Study3
Political Science
POSC 326Constitutions in Practical Politics3
POSC/HSTY 348History of Modern Political and Social Thought3
POSC 351Modern Political Thought3
POSC 366Government and Politics of Africa3
POSC 367Western European Political Systems3
POSC 370APolitical Economy3
POSC 373Politics of the European Union3
POSC 374Politics of Development in the Global South3
POSC 395Special Projects1-6
Religious Studies
RLGN/HSTY 315Heresy and Dissidence in the Middle Ages3
RLGN 341Religion and Postmodernism3
RLGN 374/HSTY 309Reformation Europe, 1500-16503
RLGN 392Independent Study1-3
THTR/WLIT 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
THTR 329Dramatic Literature3
THTR 399Independent Study in Theater Arts1-3
World Literature
WLIT 211World Literature I3
WLIT 212World Literature II3
WLIT/THTR 229Development of Theater: Renaissance to Romanticism3
WLIT/ENGL 290Masterpieces of Continental Fiction3
WLIT 300The City in Literature3
WLIT/ENGL 368CTopics in Film3
WLIT 390Topics in World Literature3
WLIT 399Independent Study1-3

Courses offered in a given semester with a French and Francophone Studies component are posted in Guilford House at registration time and on the French and Francophone Studies website.

Teacher Licensure Option

Students participating in the teacher licensure program complete a 45- to 47-hour major in French, including course work in French language, culture, and literature, and a 35-hour sequence in professional education. Course work in French begins in the freshman year with a language course appropriate to the student’s proficiency level and continues until the student has completed a range of upper-level courses and has met the goals of the program. Students are strongly urged to complete some of their course work in a French-speaking country and are assisted in identifying opportunities for study abroad. Interested students should contact Professor Marie Lathers. The professional education component begins with a sequence taken on campus, followed by 20 semester hours, including student teaching, at John Carroll University.  See the program description in the Teacher Licensure section of this bulletin.

Subject area requirements:

FRCH 201Intermediate French I *4
FRCH 202Intermediate French II *4
FRCH 308The Paris Experience **3
FRCH 310Advanced Composition and Reading3
FRCH 311Advanced Conversation I3
FRCH 314Translation Techniques3
FRCH 315Business French **3
FRCH 316Contemporary France3
FRCH 317French Cinema3
FRCH 318The Origins of France3
FRCH 319Modern France3
FRCH 320Introduction to French Literature3
FRCH 331Seventeenth-Century French Literature **3
FRCH 341Eighteenth Century French Literature **3
FRCH 351Nineteenth-Century French Literature **3
FRCH 361Twentieth-Century French Literature **3
FRCH 372Topics in French Drama **3
FRCH 373The Novel and the Novella **3
FRCH 374Major Writers and Literary Movements **3
FRCH 375Francophone Literature **3
FRCH 376Women Writers **3
FRCH 377Special Topics **3
FRCH 398Honors Thesis II **3
FRCH 399Independent Study **1-3


Required only for students who begin their French major at the intermediate level


Students at the intermediate (200) level select five courses (15 credit hours); students entering the program at the advanced (300) level select seven courses (21 credit hours).


Study Abroad

Study abroad in France, Belgium, Switzerland, French Canada, the Francophone Caribbean, or a Francophone African or Middle Eastern country is strongly encouraged but not required for FFS majors. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a summer study abroad program in Paris ( / ) in even-numbered years. A summer study abroad program in Cameroon ( / / ) is offered in odd-numbered years. is a spring break service-learning excursion to Montreal. 


The minor requires 15-17 credits. Students entering at the 200 level of language competence take:

FRCH 201Intermediate French I4
FRCH 202Intermediate French II4
Three courses in FRCH from the approved list9
Total Units17

At least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH. Students entering at the 300 level of language competence take five courses at the 200 and 300 levels in FRCH and from the approved list. At least 3 credits should be in courses from FRCH taught in the French language, and at least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH.