Develop global perspectives sought by companies, educational institutions and NGOs in the US, France and other French-speaking countries (Canada, Haiti, Belgium, Congo, etc.), and explore our many study abroad opportunities. Students who enter UWM with advanced French can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years to become a translator/interpreter.
Fluency in French can provide a career advantage in all types of professions including business, medicine, law, the arts, politics, government work, and more. The country of France is a leader in science and high-tech, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, making French fluency valuable in these industries as well.
At UWM, language students receive an education in not just language fluency but also in the culture surrounding that language. Context matters in communication, and we believe it is important for students to understand the history, literature, and customs of native speakers of French in order to successfully apply their fluency.
Student with no previous experience in French will start in the introductory French language class; those who have studied French in high school should take the placement exam to determine if they can start at a higher level. Students who place in a higher-level course who subsequently complete that course with a "B" or better may receive retroactive credits for the courses that were skipped.
Certificates are similar to minors in terms of credit requirements but draw on coursework from multiple fields of study rather than from a single department.
The undergraduate certificate in French and Francophone Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the University as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.
Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.750 or higher in the courses that satisfy the program requirements, and all such courses must be graded. They cannot be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Certificate students who are majoring or minoring in French must take at least 9 credits outside the French curricular area.
Credits earned at other institutions in equivalent French and Francophone Studies courses will be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements. Students must obtain the approval of the certificate program committee to apply more than 9 credits from courses at other institutions to the UWM program.
Students currently enrolled at UWM who fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to its approval may have their credits applied retroactively toward the certificate.
To obtain a certificate in French and Francophone Studies with language proficiency, students must complete, as part of or in addition to the certificate requirements, 9 credits in language, literature, or culture courses taught in French numbered 300 or above.
Students enrolled in the program must complete at least 18 credits from the list of courses (see below) approved for the certificate, including:
|I. Select 3 credits in a French language course numbered 200 or above||3|
|II. Select 3 additional credits in humanities||3|
|III. Select 6 credits in social sciences||6|
|IV. Select 6 credits in courses dealing with Europe||6|
|V. Select 6 credits in courses dealing with Francophone areas outside of Europe||6|
Of the courses taken to complete these requirements, 9 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
All students are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework. The assessment process allows certificate students to reflect on their experiences while providing important information to help improve the program. The exit survey is conducted online for a limited period of time during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are about to complete or have finished all coursework should contact Tracy Buss (firstname.lastname@example.org) concerning the exit survey.
Please Note: The exit survey is a program requirement. Failure to complete the survey prior to graduation will delay processing of the graduation clearance.
The following courses are approved to satisfy requirements for the French and Francophone Studies Certificate. The Roman numerals within the parentheses following each course title indicate the requirement(s), I through VI, for which the course counts. See the program coordinator for the most current list.
|AFRIC 205||The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers (II, V)||3|
|AFRIC 418||Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean (II, V)||3|
|ANTHRO 213||American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (III, V)||3|
|ARTHIST 465||Dada and Surrealist Art (III, V)||3|
|FRENCH 145||Views of France: (II)||3|
|FRENCH 203||Third-Semester French (I, II)||3|
|FRENCH 204||Fourth-Semester French (I, II)||3|
|FRENCH 210||French Immersion: Intermediate (I, II)||1-2|
|FRENCH 289||Internship in French (II, V)||1-6|
|FRENCH 290||Intermediate French Electives: (II, V)||3-12|
|FRENCH 299||Ad Hoc: (II, V)||1-6|
|FRENCH 303||Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level (I)||3|
|FRENCH 310||Contemporary French Usage (I)||1-2|
|FRENCH 311||French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis (I)||3|
|FRENCH 324||Contemporary French Language and Culture (I, V)||3|
|FRENCH 325||Intensive Grammar and Usage (I)||3|
|FRENCH 332||Reading French Texts (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 349||Studies in French Culture: (II, V)||2-4|
|FRENCH 357||Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 361||French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus (II)||3|
|FRENCH 392||Phonetics (I, II)||3|
|FRENCH 415||Introduction to Translation: French to English (V)||3|
|FRENCH 427||Advanced Written Expression (I, II)||3|
|FRENCH 428||Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture (II)||3|
|FRENCH 429||Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture (II)||3|
|FRENCH 430||Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries (II)||3|
|FRENCH 431||Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 432||Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 433||Seminar in French Literature: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 449||Studies in French Culture: (II, V)||2-4|
|FRENCH 450||Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France (II)||3|
|FRENCH 451||Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 457||Topics in French and Francophone Studies in Translation: (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 465||Introduction to Translation: English to French (II, V)||3|
|FRENCH 489||Internship in French (II, V)||1-6|
|FRENCH 499||Ad Hoc: (II, V)||1-6|
|FRENCH 510||Seminar on Masterpieces of Literature Written in French: (II, V)||3|
|HIST 242||Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present (III, IV)||3|
|HIST 355||Modern and Contemporary France (III, IV)||3|
|HIST 386||Africans in World History: Communities, Cultures, and Ideas (III, IV)||3|
|HIST 387||Africa: Imperialism and Independence Since 1880 (III, IV)||3|
|HIST 398||Honors Seminar: (with appropriate subtitle) (III, IV, V)||3|
|HONORS 200||Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (with appropriate subtitle) (II, III, IV, V)||3|
|PHILOS 432||Great Thinkers of the Modern Period (II, IV)||3|
|PHILOS 435||Existentialism (II, IV)||3|
|POL SCI 300||Western European Politics (III, IV)||3|
|POL SCI 339||European Integration (III, IV)||3|