Why choose French?
Would you like to be able to chat with a winemaker in the Loire Valley? Discuss the menu with a waiter in a Parisian café? Frequent the Latin Quarter and talk about existentialism in the Café de la Sorbonne?
Are you looking for the edge over the competition that will launch your career in management? Tourism? The hotel industry?
A degree in French at Waikato is the place to start.
French is one of the world's most important languages, being widely used in commerce and diplomacy. The role of France in European history and civilization means that French culture has an influence which extends all around the world. Including French in your university studies gives you many advantages:
- If you want to work overseas, knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a bonus. English is not as universally recognised as you might think, and the ability to communicate in another language makes a big difference.
- If your career plans involve international marketing or hotel management, French is an asset. New Caledonia and French Polynesia are both near neighbours and trading partners, while further afield there are nearly fifty territories where French is an official language.
- If your future lies in the sciences, French will give you access to a huge number of professional journals and contacts in everything from agriculture to physics.
- People. You get to communicate with people, make friends and share ideas through language. Imagine being in a café in Paris with ten other people, each from a different land, each speaking French; only your language skills let you participate.
- Personal enrichment. A foreign language opens up new worlds, through culture, literature, films and so on.
- Experience. We are all to some extent afraid of what we do not know. That fear leads us to make biased judgements about strangers and foreigners. Learning another person's language opens our minds to understanding and to other cultures.
French is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or supporting subject for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Details of the requirements for the French language pathway can be found under International Languages and Cultures. French may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
Within the BA, BBA(Fin), BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a French Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in French is available.
The point of entry into the French programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of French take FREN131 and FREN132. Students normally take both papers in a single year and take FREN231 and FREN232 in the following year. Students with some experience of French (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with FREN132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA French, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into FREN231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 in NCEA French, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of French, begin with FREN231.
- Bachelor of Arts
French Pathway within International Languages and Cultures Major
International Languages and Culture is available as a major for the BA. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. For full details see International Languages and Cultures.
French Language Specialisation
Within the BA, BBA, BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a French Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in French is available. This specialisation provides students with an element of linguistic and cultural competence that better equips them for the professional and personal challenges of a globalised environment.
A specialisation in French for the BA and BSocSc requires 60 points above 100 level in French, made up of FREN231, FREN232 and FREN331.
Students must gain 70 points in French, of which at least 40 points must be above 100 level.
- Certificate of Arts
Students must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including 90 points in French. Students must also meet any relevant field requirements. Normally a Certificate involves one year of full-time study.
- Diploma of Arts
Students must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including 80 points at 200 level or above, including 80 points in French. Students must also meet any relevant field requirements. Normally a Diploma involves one year of full-time study.
The French Programme in the School of Arts offers graduate papers in language, literature, linguistics and translation, although not all papers are offered in the same year. Staff research interests include: The history, demography and linguistics of the colonial French Caribbean; Creole Studies; The Marist mission to New Zealand; New Zealanders in France during WWI; Translation methodology; The work of André Gide (1869-1951); The work of Amélie Nothomb (1967-); Curating history exhibitions; Diaries and diarists.
Every year one graduate student of French takes part in The University of Waikato’s graduate exchange with the University of Avignon in the south of France. The exchange allows the student to work as a teaching assistant in the English Department there for two semesters, while taking papers offered by the University of Avignon and carrying out research for graduate papers commenced at Waikato.French is available for the following graduate and postgraduate programmes:
- Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
These qualifications are for students who already hold an undergraduate qualification or have appropriate practical, professional or scholarly experience and wish to build on an earlier degree. While the qualification is graduate level, the papers taken for either are undergraduate (100-400 level) papers.
Students who successfully gain the minimum requirements of an undergraduate major (usually the compulsory papers) are eligible to apply to continue in that subject at a higher level of study, such as a Bachelor of Honours, leading to a Masters degree. If this is your aim, please discuss your options with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
To attain a GradCert(Fren) students must include within the required 60 points, at least 40 points in French, including at least 40 points at 300 level.
To attain a GradDip(Fren) students must include within the required 120 points, at least 80 points in French, including at least 80 points at 300 level or above.
- Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma
Entry to the PGCert(Fren) and the PGDip(Fren) is open to suitably qualified candidates who have completed study at an advanced level and satisfied any prerequisites for graduate study in French.
Students must gain 60 points at 500 level or above in French.
Students must gain 120 points at 500 level or above, including 90 points in French.
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BA(Hons) in French, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all their undergraduate French papers.
To complete a BA(Hons) in French, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally FREN591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for French.
- Master of Arts
Entry to the MA is open to students who have completed a BA(Hons) in French (or equivalent) and have gained a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
To complete an MA in French, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
- Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy
The MPhil and the PhD are research-based degrees in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
French papers can be studied to an advanced level within the Arts and Social Sciences qualifications listed above, they can also be taken purely for interest, and towards other University qualifications.
100 LevelFREN131 - French for Beginners 1
FREN132 - French for Beginners 2
INTL101 - International Languages and Cultures
200 LevelFASS296 - Work Placement
FREN203 - French Civilisation from Versailles to the Revolution
FREN221 - European Cultures: Tradition and Modernity
FREN231 - French Language Intermediate 1
FREN232 - French Language Intermediate 2
300 LevelFASS396 - Work Placement
FREN305 - History and Variation of French
FREN317 - French Civilisation from Versailles to the Revolution
FREN319 - French Civilisation from Napoleon to the Great War
FREN321 - Translation Methodology and Practice
FREN331 - French Language Advanced 1
FREN332 - French Language Advanced 2
FREN380 - Study Abroad: Intensive Language Acquisition
FREN381 - Study Abroad 2
FREN382 - Study Abroad 3
FREN390 - Directed Study
INTL380 - Study Abroad 1
INTL381 - Study Abroad 2
INTL382 - Study Abroad 3
INTL390 - Directed Study
500 LevelFREN501 - French Language 5
FREN502 - A Topic in French Literature: Amelie Nothomb
FREN510 - Advanced Methodology of Translation
FREN524 - Special Topic
FREN525 - Work Placement
FREN590 - Directed Study
FREN591 - Dissertation
FREN592 - Dissertation
FREN593 - French Thesis
FREN594 - French Thesis
800 LevelFREN800 - French MPhil Thesis
900 LevelFREN900 - French PhD Thesis
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