French Major

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French Major

French is available at WIT as a subject on  the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology [WD163]. Arts students can choose to Major in French. Students on both Arts and Psychology can take French as a Minor (second or third) subject.

French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents and therefore French and English are the only two global languages. French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the European Community, amongst many other international bodies. 

The French course at WIT involves the study of the language and the study of French culture and literature. Students therefore take modules in French fiction, poetry and theatre as well as modules relating to contemporary French experience, modules on French history, French politics, and French cinema. 

Students will graduate having achieved a very high standard of proficiency in the language, will be able to understand a wide range of demanding written French, will be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously, will be flexible in using the language in a wide range of situations, and will be able to produce clear, well‐structured, and detailed written text. This level of proficiency will make a graduate of French very employable in a number of businesses and industries as well as equipping the graduate with the necessary skills for further study. Opportunities to work in careers as diverse as tourism, customer support, sales, marketing, translation as well as in teaching are opened up by a degree that includes French. 

Language classes are small at WIT and this makes for an interesting and effective language learning experience. Students also have the opportunity to take part of their course at a partner college in France as part of an ERASMUS Exchange. 

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Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2

French B1.3

French B1.4

French Literature: Movements & Ideas in the 19th & 20th Centuries

Autobiography: Writing the Self in the French Novel

Language Learning Skills

Introduction to French Society & Culture

Critical and Creative Thinking

Introduction to Research Methods

Minor Subject 1 Module 1

Minor Subject 1 Module 2

Minor Subject 2 Module 1

Minor Subject 2 Module 2


Year 2
Semester 3 Semester 4

Plays, Politics, & Philosophy from Classicism to the Enlightenment

French Poetry: From Symbolism to Surrealism

Expressions of Culture, Identity & Society in Modern France

20th Century Novel :Writing Place & Past in the 20th & 21st Centuries

French B2.1

French B2.2

Interdisciplinary Seminar 1

Interdisciplinary  Seminar 2

Minor Subject Module 3

Minor Subject 1 Module 5

Minor Subject Module 4

Minor Subject 2 Module 6


Year 3
Semester 5 Semester 6

Plays, Playwrights & Cinema in the 20th Century

World Literatures in French

Topics in the Politics, Culture & Ideas of Post-War France                                  

Writing the 19th Century: French Society, History & Politics in the 19th Century Novel

French B2.3

French C1.1

Interdisciplinary Seminar 3

Interdisciplinary Seminar 4

Minor Subject Module 7

Minor Subject 1 Module 9

Minor Subject Module 8

Minor Subject 2 Module 10