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FRENCH.

Minor in French

French Minor

le langage de l'amour et des affaires

Catawba College’s Modern Foreign Languages Department offers a minor in French and undergraduates often pursue it to become bilingual and beef up their resumes and career prospects.

French is the official language of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and throughout Europe, it is the second most spoken language. Many countries in Africa, about half of the continent, use French as a second language. And French is spoken in Quebec, Canada, in other parts of Canada, and Haiti. Overall, this makes French a useful language for global commerce.

Catawba College undergraduates who pursue a minor in French are required to take four advanced classes in French language, culture, and/or literature beyond the intermediate sequence.

Study Abroad in French at Catawba College
Study Abroad in French.

Catawba students pursuing a French minor are encouraged to study abroad because it helps cement knowledge gained in the classroom and broadens one’s perspectives immeasurably.

Catawba’s Modern Foreign Language Department offers a travel course to France every other year, led by French native and Catawba faculty member, Dr. Marie-Odile Langhorne.  Dr. Langhorne’s knowledge of France and her insights into its culture make this travel course a sell-out on Catawba’s campus.

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Outcomes

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CAREERS.

Careers for Graduates with French Minors include:

    • Teacher
    • Interpreter
    • Accountant
    • Business Analyst
    • Global Business Consultant
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba College French Minors include:

    • Georgetown University

 

 

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With a supportive faculty and immersive courses, this program not only fine-tuned my skills in the French language, but also introduced important facets of French culture which helped me understand the history, people, and ‘joie de vivre’ long before I stepped off the plane. 

"In the future, I would spring at the opportunity to pursue a career where I can use the foreign language skills I’ve practiced at Catawba.”

Shelby Vasich '20

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PARTICIPATE.

Keep your passion for French stoked with membership in Phi Sigma Iota, the honor society in Foreign Languages at Catawba College.

Faculty

Catawba College Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages Dr. Marie-Odile Langhorne

Dr. Marie-Odile Langhorne

Dr. Marie-Odile Langhorne is an Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages and teaches French.  She is an expert on Francophonie – the culture of French-speaking cultures around the world and outside of France. A native of the Normandy region of France, she lived for many years in New Orleans, La.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor
FREN 2011, 2012 Intermediate French I, II 6
FREN 2051 Francophone Literature 3
FREN 3011 French Literature from Medieval Age to 1800 3
FREN 3012 French Literature from 1800 to Contemporary Period 3
FREN 3024 The Culture of France 3
Total: 18
Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1001 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I (3 hours)
An introduction to the French language, both oral and written.

1002 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II (3 hours)
A continuation of the introduction to the French language.

2011 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (3 hours)
A third-semester course which reinforces first-year proficiencies in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Cross-cultural aspects within contextual situations will be emphasized.

2012 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II (3 hours)
A fourth-semester course which further reinforces proficiencies in the basic language skills with additional emphasis on cultural diversities.

FREN 2052 FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3 hours)
Examination of the literature and culture of French-speaking countries outside of France.  No knowledge of French is required; all discussions and readings are in English.

4003 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN FRENCH (1-4 hours) 
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the departmental faculty.