Major in French

A major in French consists of at least 24 credit hours beyond FRE 201 with a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the major, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the major (see curriculum for course distribution). The major is designed to allow students to gain advanced linguistic, cultural, and literary competence in the communities that speak this language. With each course students further develop the capacity to communicate with and to critically see and understand the linguistic communities being studied. Not only do students learn to understand, interpret, and analyze communication patterns and cultural products (new technologies, film, literature, etc.) from other geopolitical positions, but this process also fosters a greater appreciation of the learners’ own language, culture, and society. As part of the development of analytical and critical skills, students learn to build coherent arguments orally and in writing; to develop tools for the interpretation of various texts; to perform research and write critical papers; to find and evaluate sources of information; to heighten their sensitivity to the contexts of language, and to appreciate language as art. Students will also acquire a broad, structured knowledge of the relevant history, literature and culture in the target language. Finally, they will learn to carry out cultural comparisons and to view their own culture with new eyes.

Students with transfer credit hours must take at least 18 graded credit hours at or above the 300-level at the University of Miami; i.e., up to 6 credit hours may be transferred towards the French major from another institution or a study abroad program not administered by UM. Up to 12 credit hours taken abroad in a UM-administered program may count towards the major.


Major in German, or Spanish

A major consists of at least 24 credits beyond 202/207, which must include the following distribution: 

  • at least 9 credits must be at the 300 level;

  • at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level;

  • at least 3 credits must be at the 500 level (capstone course);

  • Spanish and French majors must take at least one course that focuses on a period prior to the 20th century.

  • That is, Spanish majors must take one of the following:  SPA 353, 363, 354, or 364; and French majors must take one of the following:  FRE 363, 364, or 365. 

  • The remaining 6 credits (9 for those who begin the major with 301) can be taken in any of the 300 or 400-level courses of the respective program.

  • Five writing intensive classes (W) in the department are required of all majors.

In consultation with their MLL advisor, students can have up to 1 course (3 credits) from among the MLL courses or the FRE, GER, and SPA courses taught in English (numbered 310-319) count toward their French, German, or Spanish major.

Only one professional Spanish course (SPA 432 or SPA 433) will count towards the Spanish major, although students are free to take both.

 

Students with transfer credits at the 300-level must take at least 21 graded credits at or above the 300-level at the University of Miami.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the major, and maintain a minimum overall average of 2.5 in the major.


Capstone Course for ALL Majors

The final course in the major is the capstone course (501) which must be taken in residence. This course will: 

  • Integrate the various skills acquired during the course of study (linguistic, analytical, knowledge-based);

  • Incorporate interpretive as well as presentational modes of communication;

  • Contain an over-arching and cohesive theme;

  • Include an element of collaboration among students.

It will constitute a moment of recapitulation of, synthesis, and reflection on a student’s experience in the major as well as a bridge towards graduate-level studies, should s/he decide to pursue them.

Of the 24 credits required for the major, a minimum of 12 credits must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty (whether on campus or in faculty-led study-abroad programs). Since we encourage students to study abroad in UM-sponsored programs, up to 12 credits from these programs may be applied toward the major. Up to 6 transfer credits from other institutions may count toward the major; whether these are credits transferred from another U.S. institution or from non-UM study abroad programs, transferred credits must be granted UM equivalency in order to be eligible to count toward the major. Please note, however, that the total number of combined UM study-abroad (exclusive of MLL faculty-led programs) and transfer credits shall not exceed 12 credits. 

For example: 


- A student may use 3 transfer credits with UM equivalency and 9 credits from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credits must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
- A student may use 6 transfer credits with UM equivalency and 6 credits from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credits must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
- A student may use 12 credits from a UM-administered study-abroad program not led by MLL faculty and 12 credits in courses taught by MLL faculty to fulfill the major.

Exceptions to this 12-credit rule may be made in cases where a student will participate in a UM-administered study-abroad program for a full academic year.


Double Majors

All areas of literature studies are covered in the curriculum, with faculty often emphasizing comparative literature, critical theory, and multicultural and cross-disciplinary issues.  Many students combine advanced foreign language study with majors in other fields. Students who major in foreign language may choose second majors in pre-law fields such as International Studies, Communications, History, and Political Science; and in pre-med fields such as Biology, as well as in other fields such as Finance, Latin American Studies Program, Anthropology, Computer Science, Sociology, and Philosophy.

You do not have to be a student in the College of Arts and Sciences to major or minor in a Modern language; you need only the approval of your college or school advisor and to complete the departmental requirements.  If you wish to complete a double degree, consult with an Arts and Sciences advisor.