The Monobachelor French Studies is an undergraduate degree in French philology, which is supplemented by social, humanities and economic components. By studying heterogeneous disciplines and the different approaches and methods imparted in them, students learn, on the one hand, to react flexibly to different problems and work requirements and thus acquire a broad knowledge base. On the other hand, the focus on France allows a content-related focus that bundles these different subject-related approaches.

A very good command of French, a knowledge of how it works, its history and varieties, and of course French literature, are essential keys to understanding France. The focus of this training in the core area of ??the French course is on modern France (from the end of the 18th century). The inclusion of earlier epochs takes place with regard to their importance for the present.

The lessons in language practice train skills that are oriented towards the professional and university requirements in France. In terms of content, topics are dealt with in practice that contribute to a better understanding of contemporary French society. In philology, students receive basic academic training in the areas of linguistics and literary studies, which is intended to sensitize them to various academic topics. During a one-year stay in France, students should have the opportunity to get to know the country itself in detail, in addition to the French university system, its specific work requirements and its academic tradition.

The philological core area is supplemented by studying a total of two supplementary subjects with a total of 30 credit points each. Law, economics, political science, history, art history, philosophy and theater studies are available as optional supplementary subjects. The study of these supplementary areas provides a fundamental methodological introduction as well as technically sound knowledge. This should give the opportunity to approach the neighboring country from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Program Structure

The mono Bachelor's degree in France is divided into three study phases. Study phase I (1st - 4th semester) is completed at Freie Universität Berlin, study phase II (5th - 6th semester) is completed at a French partner university that works with Freie Universität Berlin as part of the ERASMUS program or another exchange program cooperate. The students enroll in the third year of a related subject at the respective partner university, which expediently complements and continues the studies begun at Freie Universität Berlin. The enrollment takes place for a course in French linguistics ("Science du langage") or in French literature ("Lettres modern") or for another course with a philological part, who has a combination of subjects comparable to the bachelor's degree. The students spend study phase III (7th semester) at the Free University of Berlin.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a study area of ??the core area takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship and the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

French Studies, Mono Bachelor

Study phase I in the core area (1st-4th semester)

Study area language practice
module French advanced module I for French studies
module French Advanced Module II for French Studies
module French advanced module III for French studies
module French final module for French studies
Department of Literature and Linguistics:
Basic module Ia Introduction to the levels of description of the French language system
Basic module IIa Variation and change in the French language as well as other areas of French linguistics
Basic module Ia Basic concepts and methods of French literary studies
Basic module IIa History of literature and methods of text analysis

Study phase I in the supplementary areas

Two supplementary areas are to be selected, with at least one supplementary area from subject group I being selected

Subject group I

Supplementary area of ??law
module Introduction to Public Law
module Introduction to the legal system of the Federal Republic of Germany
module Roman law and European legal history
Elective module A compulsory elective module must be chosen: Fundamental and human rights (French studies) or Legal Theory - Basics (French studies) or international law with a lecture
module  European law and international references to the Basic Law (French Studies)
Supplementary area of ??economics
module Introduction to Economics
module Basics of microeconomics
module Basics of Macroeconomics
module Mathematics for economists
Elective module A compulsory elective module has to be chosen: Macroeconomics, Economic Policy, Microeconomics, State and Allocation or Financial Taxation

Subject group II

Supplementary area of ??history
module Introduction to the history of the early modern period (16th to 18th centuries)
module Introduction to Modern History (19th to 21st centuries)
Elective module Theories, methods and history of historical studies  or   historical problems from a cross-epoch perspective
Political science supplementary area
Basic module

Theory, empiricism and history of international relations

European Integration

Elective module a compulsory elective module is to be chosen: International Political Economy; Political sociology; Policy field analysis, in particular environmental policy  or   legal and philosophical foundations of politics
Supplementary area of ??art history
Introductory module Europe and America: Visual Arts
Elective modules Two modules are to be chosen: Advanced module Europe and America: Middle Ages; Advanced Module Europe and America: Modern Times; Advanced Module Europe and America: Modernity and Present; Interdisciplinary advanced module: theory and methods  or   interdisciplinary advanced module: practice-related studies

Additional area theater studies

A focus area can be chosen from the following three: contemporary theater, theater history or theory and aesthetics

Contemporary theater
Basic module Theory and aesthetics
Basic module Contemporary theater
Extension module Contemporary theater
Theater history
Basic module Contemporary theater
Basic module Theory formation and history of theater
Extension module Theater history
Theory and aesthetics
Basic module Theory and aesthetics
Basic module Contemporary theater
Extension module Theory and aesthetics
Supplementary area philosophy
Basic module Introduction to theoretical philosophy
Basic module Introduction to practical philosophy
Basic module Philosophical reasoning I.
Basic module Own orientation in philosophizing
Elective module

a compulsory elective module is to be chosen:

Advanced module Theoretical Philosophy, Advanced Module Practical Philosophy, Advanced Module Oral Competence in Philosophy  or   advanced module Written Competence in Philosophy

Study phase II study abroad (5th and 6th semester)

Modules Linguistics
Modules Literary studies
Modules A maximum of 30 credit points are earned in areas of study that correspond to the range of subjects in the bachelor's degree.

Study phase III in the core area (7th semester)

Final module Practical language exercise
Optional advanced module

Literary text analysis or

Expansion of linguistic sub-areas or

Literary text analysis and expansion of linguistic sub-areas

A compulsory elective module must be chosen: Fundamental and human rights (French studies) or Legal Theory - Basics (French studies) or international law with a lecture

Additional entry requirements
French test (level B2 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. 

Fields of activity for graduates of French studies arise in the most diverse areas of industry, trade, the media, publishing, in international authorities, in research institutions and in the foreign service in the European and especially in the Franco-German context.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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