French Department

Major & Minor

This is a general overview. For more information, please consult the current college catalog or contact the department.

Any student qualifying on the basis of the departmental placement test to enter a French course numbered 102 or higher may receive a maximum of four hours of credit by successfully taking the CLEP examination in French. This test may be taken only once and must be taken during the first semester of enrollment at Hillsdale. If a student has more than four hours of Advanced Placement credit in French, or if a student has transferred or is expected to transfer more than four hours of French credit from another institution, said student is NOT eligible to take the CLEP exam in French for credit.

Credit is given for the completion of the first semester of the introductory French course (101), whether or not the second semester is completed.

French Major & Minor

For a field of concentration in French, the student must complete 26 hours of French beyond the 201 level, including:

  • French 300: Introduction to Literary Texts
  • French 301: French Civilization & Culture I or French 302: French Civilization & Culture II
  • French 410: Speaking & Writing French
  • French 411: Conversation & Composition

Students must also take four of the following six literature courses:

  • French 421: Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth-Century
  • French 422: The Modern Novel
  • French 423: Classical French Literature
  • French 424: The Age of Enlightenment
  • French 425: Nineteenth-Century French Literature
  • French 426: Contemporary Drama

In addition, students must take two additional credits of French at the 400 level. With permission of the Department, French 493 may be substituted for one or more of these courses. Any student beginning French studies at a higher level than French 300 must replace the 300 requirement for the major with one higher-level, three-credit course in French.

History 415: History of France Since 1815 is suggested as a worthwhile elective. This cognate will not, however, count toward a field of concentration in French. Prerequisite for any of the courses numbered 300 or above: a minimum grade of “B-” in 201 or permission of the instructor. Students choosing French as a field of concentration are advised, but not required, to elect a second language of at least 18 semester hours, including 101 and 102. French majors are required to complete satisfactorily a comprehensive examination during the senior year.

A minor in French shall consist of 20 semester hours of coursework, beyond the beginning (101) level and must include:

French 300: Introduction to Literary Texts

French 301: French Civilization & Culture I or French 302: French Civilization & Culture II

French 410: Speaking & Writing French or French 411: Conversation & Composition

Students must also take at least one 400-level literature course on the Hillsdale campus. Any student beginning French studies at a higher level than French 300 must replace the 300 requirement for the minor with one higher-level three-credit course in French.

If the French placement test allows the student to begin study beyond the 102 and/or 201 level, as many as eight hours may be assumed completed for the purpose of the minor requirement. However, this does not apply to those students in the Teacher Education Department.