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French/Gallo-Romance Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)

French is and will remain an important language in Europe and the world. France is Germany's largest European partner. The Bachelor's degree programme in French/Gallo-romance Studies offers comprehensive language-based training as well as a course of studies in the culture, literature and language of the francophone world. The programme is interdisciplinary and internationally connected and has a variety of foci to match each student's interests. Subject-related content is tailored for use in the teaching professions as well as for the non-educational job market.

Subject: French/Gallo-Romance Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language requirements before studies begin (certificate required): knowledge of the French language
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: start of studies in the winter semester only
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): start of studies in the winter semester only (application to International Student Office)

Course description
Students of the Bachelor's programme French/Gallo-Roman Studies acquire specialist knowledge as well as the competence for independent scientific reflection and production on a high academic level. They will consolidate and deepen their knowledge of the French language up to a point where they can use it efficiently and independently. In the course of this process, the development of language awareness and language learning awareness is of high importance. Additionally, students of our programme are given the opportunity to acquire key qualifications and competencies in the areas of communication, research, and information processing, as well as in intercultural learning and management.

The subject in Göttingen: research focus
French is and will remain an important language in Europe and the world. It grants access to a unique perspective on the world which is an alternative to the growing globalisation process. As has been proved, French is the best bridge language to prepare for the acquisition of other Romance languages. Also, France is Germany's most important partner in commerce. Political, cultural and economic cooperation between France and Germany has been institutionalised by internationally recognised treaties since 1963. The command of the neighbour's language is an indispensable prerequisite to taking part in this exchange. These are the reasons why the number of students of the French language has remained stable for recent decades.

The core area of the B.A. curriculum consists of language practice, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies and specialised didactics. There are several areas of specialisation, e.g. computational linguistics.
Students must spend a certain amount of time abroad; there are several ways to do this (Sokrates, PAD, practicals).

Language Practice
There are three goals in this area: to achieve a comprehensive and independent command of the language with respect to the four main abilities reading, listening, writing, and speaking, and to the linguistic systems (lexicon, pronunciation, orthography, and grammar); also, the students are instructed how to learn autonomously and how to achieve self-monitoring; and they should acquire a solid transferable language learning competence (strategic learning, language awareness, language learning awareness). As language conveys cultural matters and experiences, the acquisition of a foreign language goes hand-in-hand with foreign understanding and the development of intercultural competence, which enables students to view and analyse any culture from a two-way perspective. Language teaching is based on new findings from the area of language teaching research and language acquisition research; it is geared to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) as well as to the needs of the students (e.g. by supplying special materials).

Literary studies
Students are familiarised with the history of the French culture and literature from its beginnings in the Middle Ages up to the 19th and 20th centuries. They are also introduced to different methods of analysing texts and to literary theories, which they learn to apply in an independent way. Since a sound knowledge of French history and culture is still required for many professions in France today, the study of literature opens up the door to a differentiated access of French social reality in a broad sense.

The learning targets of linguistics lie in the area of research as well as in the closely connected area of application. The courses deal with the results of linguistic research of French in the areas of structure and grammar as well as context and history. The goal is to enable students to apply modern linguistic methods in an independent way. The ability to analyse linguistic structures and functions is conveyed against the background of possible future professions. Along with the fundamental connection to questions of didactics in the context of the B.A. including teacher training, the communication sector (Internet, text optimisation, intercultural communication) plays a major role.

Cultural studies
A specific characteristic of our institute is the emphasis placed on cultural studies. The subject Cultural Studies serves to convey basic knowledge of the economy, politics, society and culture of present-day France and/or another French-speaking country and/or a French-speaking region. Understanding French or French-speaking cultures serves to develop an intercultural competence which is of great importance in professional life (be it in a teaching profession or elsewhere).

Specialised didactics
Within the framework of the B.A., students are familiarised with the basic concepts, approaches, and methods of specialised didactics of French, as well as the basics of foreign language acquisition and the main points of foreign language teaching in school and non-school contexts; they will thus develop their sensibility for questions of learning and teaching and obtain a solid basis for the M.A. phase.
Students of Gallo-Roman Studies should acquire basic knowledge equipping them for university studies and professional life, acquire so-called key qualifications and competences in the areas of communication, research, and information processing, they should look into the question of multilingualism from the perspectives of different subject areas. Since the acquisition of basic knowledge of matters of teaching and learning can serve the general education of any student studying languages, this focus is also open to B.A. students not aiming to enter the teaching profession.

Combinations of subjects
In view of possible career opportunities it is advisable to combine the subject of Gallo-Roman Studies with comparatistics, history, art history, ethnology, economics or politics.

Persons who have completed the B.A./M.A. programmes French/Gallo-Roman Studies can successfully enter into any professional area that has to do with the French language and culture (business, culture, journalism, tourism, etc.).