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The undergraduate certificate in French offers students the opportunity to develop their proficiency in French language and their knowledge of literature and culture in the French-speaking world, thereby complementing their major(s) in other subjects across the university. It also strengthens the applications of students who intend to pursue careers or graduate study in areas where French is useful. The certificate is open to all undergraduate students.

Students may declare the undergraduate certificate in French at any time and are encouraged to do so as early as possible, once enrolled as an undergraduate. Please make an appointment with an undergraduate advisor to declare the certificate. 

The undergraduate certificate in French requires 15 credits of French coursework (or 5 courses) including FRENCH 228, FRENCH 271, and courses at the 311 level and above. Nine of the 15 credits must be taken on the UW–Madison campus. Courses for the certificate cannot be taken on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. Retroactive credits may not be applied toward the certificate.

Please note that:

  • Up to 6 credits of UW–Madison Study Abroad and 3 credits of transfer coursework may apply to the 15 credits total needed for the certificate.
  • Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA in all courses required for the certificate.

The 15 credits required for the certificate will be distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses (2 courses)
Intermediate Language and Culture
Introduction to Literary Analysis
Advanced Language Course (1 course)
Advanced Composition and Conversation
Advanced Oral and Written Expression: Writing Across the Humanities
Professional Communication and Culture in the Francophone World
Contemporary Issues in Government, Organizations, and Enterprise
Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Professional Communication
Study Abroad: Advanced French Language
Applied French Language Studies
Advanced Phonetics
Credits to reach 15 credit minimum for certificate:
Advanced Composition and Conversation
Advanced Oral and Written Expression: Writing Across the Humanities
Professional Communication and Culture in the Francophone World
Contemporary Issues in Government, Organizations, and Enterprise
Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Professional Communication
Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Literature
Introduction to Literature of Modernity
Visual Culture in French/Francophone Studies
Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Civilization
Modernity Studies
Applied French Language Studies
Readings in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Readings in Early Modern Literature
Readings in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
African/Francophone Film
Francophone Modernity Studies
Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies
French/Francophone Literary Studies Across the Centuries
French/Francophone Cultural Studies Across the Centuries
Literature and Medicine in French-Speaking Cultures
French/Francophone Film
Aspects of Contemporary French Literature
French/Francophone Literature and Women
Colloquium: Research Possibilities in French Studies
Undergraduate Seminar in French/Francophone Literary Studies
Undergraduate Seminar in French/Francophone Cultural Studies
Advanced Phonetics
Theory and Practice of French/Francophone Drama
Total15

Note: For courses taken on campus at the FRENCH 311 level or higher, prerequisites must be met or permission given by the department.

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

1. (Interpretive communication) Demonstrate that they understand and can analyze of literary and non-literary texts in French representing a variety of topics, time periods, and geographical regions.

2. (Presentational communication) Express themselves effectively in spoken and written French to inform, persuade, and narrate for different audiences of listeners, viewers, or readers. 

3. (Interpersonal communication) Express themselves effectively in spoken and written French to share information, reactions, and opinions related to a variety of topics and texts.

4. (Cultural knowledge) Recognize and explain cultural artifacts, practices, and perspectives of the French-speaking world.

5. (Linguistic knowledge) Demonstrate a good degree of understanding of lexical, grammatical, syntactic, and stylistic features of the French language.

6. (Cross-cultural awareness) Demonstrate awareness of difference and diversity by comparing and contrasting culturally situated beliefs, behaviors, and norms of the French-speaking world with their own.

7. (Engagement with the French language and culture) Engage in a sustained fashion with the French language, its users, and cultural artifacts in and beyond the classroom, e.g., in their own community, virtual communities, and study abroad.

FRENCH 

Professors Bousquet, Debaisieux, Goodkin, Langer, Miernowski, Tochon, Vatan, Vila

Associate Professors El Nossery, Willis Allen

Assistant Professors Armstrong, Dima, Gipson

Faculty Associates Deitz, Irving

Senior Lecturer Miernowska