Add French to your Ball State plans and open the doors to your future!

December 02, 2020

Add French to your Ball State plans and open the doors to your future!

French language skills can be key in launching your career. National and international organizations need French speakers to work both here in the US and abroad.

Where French can lead you? Contact us and find out!

Dr. Thorington
Dr. Stegman
Dr. Brunet

Did you know that:

· French is the 5th most spoken language in the World?

· Forty-nine French companies, including Michelin, Bolloré, Faurecia, Valeo and Safan call Indiana home?

· These companies provide over 28,000 jobs to Indiana residents?

· France is Indiana's largest European and fifth-largest global trading partner?

What can you do with French?

Many jobs either require or can really use your French language skills:

· Fashion design - French is fashion! French can open up the French fashion world for you.

· FBI agents with French skills are needed for work with cases in Canada

· CIA and Military careers often offer bonuses for skilled language speakers.

· Customer service jobs often require agents who can speak French to help Canadian and European customers.

· Peace Corps / Mission work / Médecins sans Frontières all need French speakers to complete their work around the globe.

· Medical personnel need French language skills to help immigrant populations, or to work in Europe or Africa.

· Many graduate programs require French for professional reasons (ability to complete research in French, ability to work with Francophone peoples)

Advanced Placement is available for those who have taken French elsewhere.

· Free French placement exam: up to 18 credit hours possible.

· Students who took the AP, IB, Dual Credit or CLEP exams may already have credit.

Take our free French Placement exam or receive credit for French classes taken at another university:

Study Abroad possibilities:

International experience is a huge asset for your job search! Start planning now for a summer, semester or year of study in a francophone country.

· Ball State offers programs at French and Canadian universities.

· Scholarships are available.

· Internship program in Paris (Work abroad experience!)

Sign up for Spring Semester French Courses Today!

French Courses Spring 2021:

First year:

FR 101 MWF 10:00-10:50 Synchronous Online – Stegman
FR 101 MWF 14:00-14:50 Synchronous Online – Faulkner

FR 102 MWF 11:00-11:50 Face-to-Face – Brunet
FR 102 MWF 15:00-15:50 Synchronous Online – Faulkner

Second year:

FR 201 TTH 9:30-10:45 Synchronous Online – Thorington

FR 202 MWF 12:00-12:50 Synchronous Online – Stegman
FR 202 TTH 12:30-1:45 Synchronous Online – Thorington

FR 300-400 – Course times and descriptions (All courses taught in French)

FR 301 - ConversationTR 12:30-1:45 – Synchronous Online - Stegman
Practice in oral French to increase fluency and authenticity through activities and conversation. Prerequisite: FR 202 or the equivalent, or permission of the department chairperson. (FR 301 and 302 can be taken in ANY ORDER, and can be taken at the SAME TIME)

FR 302 – Composition – MWF 14:00-14:50 - Face-to-Face – Brunet
Practice in written French with review of grammatical structures. Study of French in a variety of contexts stressing formal, informal and creative expression in the language. Prerequisite: FR 202 or equivalent. (FR 301 and 302 can be taken in ANY ORDER, and can be taken at the SAME TIME)

FR 338 – French for the Professions (Was Business French)MWF 15:00-15:50 - Face-to-Face - Brunet
Designed to make advanced French students familiar with the terminology and the culture used in the professions in the French-speaking world in sectors such as business, international relations, marketing, law, tourism, health, hospitality and fashion. Prerequisite: FR 202 or the equivalent, or permission of the department chairperson.

FR 401 – History of French Literature 1TR 11:00-12:15 – Synchronous Online - Thorington
How does French and Francophone literature define “altérité” [otherness]? We will use the notion of otherness to look at French and Francophone literature from its origins to the present day. By examining the Saracen other of the Chanson de Roland, Montaigne’s Cannibals, Tutsi and Hutu rivalry during the Rwandan genocide in Faye’s Petit Pays, and the otherness of gender and self-identity in Satrapi’s Persepolis, we will explore the ways in which authors have depicted the “other” throughout French and Francophone literature. Readings will be drawn from a variety of literary genres (e g., drama, lyric poetry, narrative) and from different periods of literary history. Students will write on selected literary topics. Prerequisite: FR 202 or permission of the department chairperson. [Note: TIER 3 credit is possible for this course please contact Dr. Thorington (]

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