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French is spoken on five continents—one of the main languages of international business, sport, and diplomacy.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a French major and minor that combine small class sizes with a faculty of nationally and internationally active scholars—with whom you have the opportunity to do research and present—to give you a remarkably personalized educational experience.

You will have a wide range of study abroad opportunities not only in France, but also in Belgium, French Guiana, Madagascar, Morocco, Québec, Senegal, and Switzerland.

Join us and take advantage of:

  • Small class sizes, in addition to working one-on-one with advanced-level French tutors, native speakers, and our internationally-recognized French faculty
  • Internship opportunities in the U.S. and a wide range of French-speaking countries
  • Access to a rich international community on campus, as well as outside speakers and performers
  • Use of Butler’s student Modern Language Center (MLC) and its wealth of movies, technology, tutoring, and lounge areas

Check out our course offerings.

Check out numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study"), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Also, check out the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences $1,000 essay contest (typically due by January), the annual John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism (typically due by March), and the annual Corrine Welling Scholarship (typically due by April).

Requirements for the French Major

Download our French major/minor info packet. (PDF)

Overview

The French major consists of a minimum 33 hours.

At least 24 of these hours must be at the 300 level or above, including at least one 300-level Skills course.

At least two courses must be at the 400 level.

Students who major in French normally include study abroad in their programs.

For Core requirements, please visit the Core Curriculum website.

Skills Courses
  • FR 305, French for Communication: Oral Emphasis (3)
  • FR 310, French for Communication: Written Emphasis (3)
Additional Courses
  • FR 316, Survey of French Civilization (3)
  • FR 318, Intro to Francophone Cultures (3)
  • FR 320, Contemporary French Culture (3)
  • FR 325, Intro to French Linguistics (3)
  • FR 330, Translation (3)
  • FR 335, France: Middle Ages to 1700 (3)
  • FR 340, France: 18th and 19th Century (3)
  • FR 345, France and the Francophone World: 1900 to Present (3)
  • FR 393, Topics in French (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • FR 401, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (1)
  • FR 402, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (2)
  • FR 403, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • FR 415, The French Renaissance (3)
  • FR 425, 17th Century France (3)
  • FR 435, 18th Century France (3)
  • FR 450, 19th Century France (3)
  • FR 465, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Novels (Writing Across the Curriculum when designated) (3)
  • FR 475, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Plays (3)
  • FR 485, Topics: Francophone Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (Writing Across the Curriculum when designated) (3)
  • FR 490, French Seminar (3)
  • FR 499, Honors in Thesis in French (counts as 300-level elective) (3)
  • FL 390, French-focused Seminar (in English; counts toward French major only, not minor; may only be counted once) (3)
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (in English; strongly encouraged for all senior majors and minors) (1)
Suggested Supplemental Courses (in English)
  • GHS 203, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Modernizing and Contemporary Europe (Core) (3)
  • GHS 206, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Resistance & Reaction - Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa (Core) (3)
  • GHS 209, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Revolutionary Europe and Nigeria (Core) (3)
  • HN 206, Honors Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa (Honors) (3)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Requirements for the French Minor

Download our French major/minor info packet. (PDF)

Overview

The French minor consists of a minimum 21 hours in eligible courses.

At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Students who minor in French normally include study abroad in their programs.  

Courses Offered
  • FR 305, French for Communication: Oral Emphasis (3)
  • FR 310, French for Communication: Written Emphasis (3)
  • FR 316, Survey of French Civilization (3)
  • FR 318, Intro to Francophone Cultures (3)
  • FR 320, Contemporary French Culture (3)
  • FR 325, Intro to French Linguistics (3)
  • FR 330, Translation (3)
  • FR 335, France: Middle Ages to 1700 (3)
  • FR 340, France: 18th and 19th Century (3)
  • FR 345, France and the Francophone World: 1900 to Present (3)
  • FR 393, Topics in French (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • FR 401, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (1)
  • FR 402, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (2)
  • FR 403, Internship in French (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • FR 415, The French Renaissance (3)
  • FR 425, 17th Century France (3)
  • FR 435, 18th Century France (3)
  • FR 450, 19th Century France (3)
  • FR 465, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Novels (Writing Across the Curriculum when designated) (3)
  • FR 475, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Plays (3)
  • FR 485, Topics: Francophone Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (Writing Across the Curriculum when designated) (3)
  • FR 490, French Seminar (3)
  • FR 499, Honors in Thesis in French (counts as 300-level elective) (3)
Suggested Supplemental Courses (in English)
  • FL 390, French-focused Seminar (in English; counts toward French major only, not minor; may only be counted once) (3)
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (in English; strongly encouraged for all senior majors and minors) (1)
  • GHS 203, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Modernizing and Contemporary Europe (Core) (3)
  • GHS 206, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Resistance & Reaction - Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa (Core) (3)
  • GHS 209, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Revolutionary Europe and Nigeria (Core) (3)
  • HN 206, Honors Global and Historical Studies (GHS): Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa (Honors) (3)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Internships

Pre-professional experiences—both in the U.S. and abroad—are vital for résumés and applications. From a liberal arts perspective, experiential education offers time for self assessment and reflection.

Local internships have included the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Christian Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Salesforce, and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Steps to Pursue a Language Internship

  1. Find an internship. Helpful resources: butler.edu/ics and ascendindiana.com/connect
  2. Consult with a full-time MLLC faculty member on the internship and how many credits it might be worth; ask them to be your instructor (typically, per credit hour, a student spends a combined 42 hours on site and doing reflection work)
  3. Apply for the internship
  4. While awaiting a decision on your application, draft a syllabus (with your instructor), attaching a completed LAS academic internship contract
  5. Submit the syllabus, contract, and a blue registration card (from our administrative specialist) to the MLLC department chair for their approval and signature
  6. If accepted into the internship, complete the University student internship agreement form (with signatures from both your instructor and on-site supervisor) and turn it into our administrative specialist
  7. Then, obtain any remaining needed signatures on your blue registration card and take it to the registrar’s office (Jordan Hall 133); note: it may take up to two weeks for the internship course to appear in my.butler and Moodle

If the deadline to add a course for credit passes, it might still be possible to enroll in the Internship course during the same semester. In addition to signatures from the MLLC department chair and your primary advisor, please also acquire a retro-dated signature from the dean's office of your primary major.

Special Note for Business Majors

You can request that your three-credit Modern Languages Internship (overseen by a language instructor) count as one of the two required internships for all Lacy School of Business (LSB) majors. To make the request, please visit the LSB dean's office.

More Info from Butler's Internship and Career Services

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Please visit butler.edu/ics and click “Internship and Job Search Resources” in the main body for the following:

  • internship databases
  • a professional guide to success
  • job data
  • a calendar of networking events
More Info from Ascend Indiana

Logo for Ascend IndianaButler has partnered with Ascend to help you find internships and jobs:

  1. visit ascendindiana.com/connect and introduce yourself
  2. receive an invite for a 1:1 meeting with Ascend when the right opportunities are available
  3. choose a time to discuss your career interests and passions with Ascend
  4. explore their network and connect with top Indiana employers
Indy Summer Experience

Badge for Butler's Indy Summer ExperienceThe Indy Summer Experience (ISE) program—coordinated by Butler's Internship and Career Services—offers you the chance to work and play in Indianapolis. You secure and complete an internship (or similar professional experience) with a local organization during the day and, in the evenings, participate in social and cultural events. This is a great opportunity to make Indy connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer getting to know other Butler students.

For more information, please visit the Indy Summer Experience homepage.

Course Codes
FR 401 1 credit hour
FR 402 2 credit hours
FR 403 3 credit hours

 

Independent Study

Download our Independent Study procedures sheet. (PDF)

Steps to Pursue an Independent Study

You must complete all of the following:

  1. reach out to and convince any full-time MLLC faculty member (i.e., Instructor; Assistant, Associate, or full Professor) to be your Instructor
  2. write in full—yourself, with guidance from the Instructor, in English—a complete syllabus that includes all of the following:
    1. the topic of study
    2. a detailed description of the plan of study
    3. justification why you cannot complete these studies in a regular course
    4. full timeline for completion of work
    5. how the Independent Study will be evaluated
    6. bibliography of materials
    7. reasoning why this Independent Study is important to you
  3. present the proposed syllabus to the MLLC department chair, requesting their approval
  4. if approval is granted, ask our administrative specialist for a blue registration card—which is then completed by you (checking the box next to "Enroll student in a non-published class" and acquiring all needed signatures)—and turn it in to the registrar's office (JH 133)
Special Notes
  1. Independent Studies count as 300-level credit. Chinese and German students, as well as MLLC/Elementary Education double majors, can request in their proposal that the Independent Study be counted at the 400 level. The student must provide justification and have the recommendation of their Instructor. (Elementary Education majors spend a full year student-teaching, making it difficult for them to complete the 400-level courses offered.)
  2. Students can still enroll in an Independent Study after the “Last Day to Add” deadline. In this case, the academic advisor, the MLLC department chair, and the dean’s office of the student’s primary major must all sign and retro-date the registration blue card (before turning it into the registrar’s office).
Course Codes
FR 491 1 credit hour
FR 492 2 credit hours
FR 493 3 credit hours

 

Honor Societies

Pi Delta Phi

Pi Delta Phi, established in 1906, is the national French Honor Society, for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and encourage French and Francophone cultural activities.

Butler's Xi Sigma chapter was installed in 2011.

Any questions, please contact faculty advisor Associate Professor of French Dr. Eloise Sureau-Hale.

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota, the international Foreign Language Honor Society, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture, as well as Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition, and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component.

Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 180 chapters at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and at American University in Paris, France.

Requirements:

  1. Junior or senior undergraduate student of foreign languages
  2. Have already completed at least one course at the third year
  3. GPA within all foreign language courses of at least 3.0*
  4. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  5. Rank in the highest third of your class in general scholarship

Outstanding foreign language faculty members at college and universities are also eligible. New members are typically inducted each March or April.

Any questions, please contact faculty advisor Professor of French Dr. Sylvie Vanbaelen.

* = For help with this, please see the "Calculate the GPA Within Your Major" section on our Departmental Honors webpage.

How to Declare a Major or Minor

How You Declare

To add/drop a major or minor, simply complete a “Program Change” paper form in the dean’s office of your primary major.

Why You Should

The sooner you declare a major or minor, the sooner you can ensure you're on track to complete all requirements.

Obtaining a Secondary Advisor

If your primary major lies outside of Modern Languages (MLLC), it's highly recommended that you contact our administrative specialist, requesting a secondary advisor in our department.

An MLLC advisor can help you find a selection of language courses that complements your other work being done at the University, as well as help you prepare for study abroad programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Orally communicate clearly in the target language on a variety of topics
  2. Articulate a cogent interpretation of a text regardless of cultures and centuries in the target language
  3. Clearly communicate in written form on a variety of topics in the target language
  4. Demonstrate intercultural awareness and competence: the ability to understand, relate to, and empathize with people from other cultures in the target languages

Transferring In Another University's Credits While a Student at Butler

For outside credits to transfer into Butler, you must see the appropriate faculty member to obtain Butler course equivalencies (if any).

As soon as possible, please bring this faculty member a syllabus and/or description for each course you have/will have completed, along with the appropriate transfer credit request form (if the institution is within the U.S.; the form is located at that link under the first "Are you a Butler student interested in taking a course somewhere else over the summer?" dropdown menu) or study abroad approval form (if the institution is outside the U.S.; the form is available in the study abroad office, JH 138). If you're not certain how to enroll at the other institution, the registrar's office can help you.

All courses must be completed with a "C-" or better.

Special Notes
  1. Please leave the transfer form's Butler equivalency spaces blank.
  2. If the syllabus is written in a language that we do not offer at Butler, please obtain a translation of as much of it as possible.
  3. If you have not already completed a Butler course in the language, you may need to establish your placement level at the other institution. Please contact their appropriate language department about this process.
  4. Only one, approved language course from another institution may be completed online.
  5. If the course(s) will be completed during your final 30 hours at Butler, you'll need to also obtain the "permission to intrude" form from the registrar's office.
  6. Only Butler faculty can teach 400-level language courses.

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What Bulldogs Dream, We Do

Alex Still

French Alumna Alex Still

After graduation, French and dance pedagogy double major Alex Still headed to France, the recipient of the Fulbright French Government Teaching Award.

She would teach English to middle and high school students in the northern city of Lille.

This was a bit of a homecoming—Alex spent one summer studying abroad in Dijon.

"I hope to stay over there for a few years at least," she said.

All applicants for this type of Fulbright Award are required to propose a side project that they will complete in addition to teaching English.

Alex proposed bringing the concept of the Butler Community Arts School to France, volunteering in a school needing arts education.

So, in addition to teaching English, Alex would do just as she did at Butler—utilize the French language and dance.

It's been awesome to be able to have other interests and not be restricted to one major. Following the Butler Way has truly gotten me where I am today. —Alex Still

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Study at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountCheck out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year our student Modern Language Center (MLC) collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in French.

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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.