French at the University of Newcastle is offered through a major in modern languages in the Bachelor of Arts. It offers a vibrant range of undergraduate language study and postgraduate research possibilities. Functioning at the nexus of teaching and research, the discipline published widely in the fields of literature, translation and didactics whilst striving to maintain excellence in all areas of its teaching, both inside the discipline and more widely in association with the disciplines of English and Linguistics. In 2007 the Carrick Institute awarded the French discipline at Newcastle a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
The discipline's international research partners include the French discipline at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Both Alistair Rolls and Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan are members of NTU's research centre for the study of contemporary France, ReFrance.
What will I study?
With two principal major sequences, designed to lead students into Honours and postgraduate work, French welcomes both those students who have studied French throughout high school and those seeking to learn the language from scratch.
- Those with HSC French will begin their sequence at Intermediate level and finish with Extended French, a course designed to further students' understanding of complex grammatical structures.
- Those who begin with us in the first year can complete their undergraduate major sequence (their third year) with Advanced French.
Both of these pathways (each comprising 80 units of study) offer students the possibility of going on to French Honours.
Opportunities for Study in France
At Newcastle we are delighted to be able to reward the dedication of our French students with a range of grants and awards, including an expenses-paid semester of study in a French university. These opportunities make the French discipline at the University of Newcastle unique in Australia.
As a result of the generous bequest of the French department's foundation Professor, Kelver Hartley, the discipline can today offer extensive travel opportunities and study support to our students. The Kelver Hartley Bequest Program includes competitive grants to ease study costs in first year, the chance to spend six months in France at the Université de La Rochelle and study and travel support for Honours and postgraduate students.
The French Honours program is designed to prepare students for postgraduate research. As such, it seeks to continue students' language development and foster the academic skills specific to each student's area of interest. The four components of Honours are structured accordingly:
- FREN4150: Compulsory French language unit comprising an intensive oral course and a choice of either a French grammar extension course (for those who began French at elementary level) or an academic French expression course (for those who began French at elementary level).
- FREN4160: Specialist skills unit. Students whose interest lies in French literary studies are encouraged to choose two from a range of Honours seminar series offered by the staff of the French and English disciplines; those with an interest in language and translation are encouraged to follow courses run by the Linguistics discipline.
- FREN4170 and FREN4180: Honours Thesis preparation and submission, respectively.
For more detailed information on our expertise in the area of French studies, see a list of discipline contacts in the School of Humanities and Social Science.
Find out more about the following majors in the Bachelor of Arts (BA):
For more information about the program structure, please refer to the handbook.