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French (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years ; 84 places ; CAO points: 387-577 (2017)

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  • French and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1553


    +353 1 896 1333

    french@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/French

    Why study French?

    French is a major world language, with a rich cultural and intellectual heritage. Knowledge of the French language and its literature and culture opens up a world of opportunities to those who study them. French is an official working language of many international organisations (UN, OECD, NATO, etc.) and plays a decisive role in world affairs. French studies also develop transferable skills (excellent writing and oral communication abilities, critical thinking, extensive analytical skills) that are highly sought after across a range of sectors (the creative industries, public service, tourism, publishing, interpreting, teaching, journalism, broadcasting, the Diplomatic Service, etc.). The study of French language, literature, history, politics and philosophy is a hugely enriching intellectual experience and it also leaves graduates very well placed to succeed in a wide range of professional contexts.

    French: The course for you?

    If you are fascinated by how other languages and cultures offer a different perspective on the world, French at Trinity could well be the course for you. You will enjoy studying French here if you have a passion for novels, cinema, drama, poetry – literature in all its forms – and if you want to develop your ability to think critically. If you are interested in French and European history, politics and thought, and if you would like to experience French culture first-hand by living and studying in France, then Trinity’s Joint Honours degree programmes in French could be for you. 

    You may also learn French at Trinity by opting for one of the four non-literary degree programmes: European Studies (with French and another language), Business Studies and French, Law and French, and Computer Science and Language (French).

    French @ Trinity

    French at Trinity is a four year course providing a breadth and depth of experience that makes our graduates among the most highly qualified in the field. We adopt a holistic approach by teaching the French language through the literatures, histories, politics and societies of the French-speaking world. You will also have weekly oral classes with native French speakers. In your final year, you will undertake a Capstone research project on a topic of your choice. All students are encouraged to go abroad for a full academic year, or a term. There is no better way to learn French than to live and study through the language (see Study Abroad section). You will leave university with a high standard of fluency in the language, both written and spoken, and with a wide knowledge of major aspects of French literature, culture, history and society. 

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Graduates of French have excellent written and oral communication skills and acquire highly developed skills in textual analysis and critical thinking that are sought after by employers across a range of industries. Trinity French graduates are working for Google, eBay, Christian Louboutin, The Abbey Theatre, Amazon, the British Institute in Florence, the Museum of Modern Art in New York or the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Recent graduates are working in areas as diverse as arts administration, translation and interpreting, diplomacy, tourism, publishing, and investment banking, as well as second-level teaching and the Civil Service. Many go on to take postgraduate courses in areas such as law, marketing and business for which a degree in arts and humanities provides an ideal background. The combination of an arts degree and a more vocational or professional programme of studies has proved to be highly attractive to prospective employers.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    At entry, French must be combined with one other subject. In later years you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with French as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor. 

    The development of reading, analytical, and critical skills, through both oral and written exercises in French, form the bedrock of this course. Students are expected to progress to a high level of competence in the four basic linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes nurturing an ability to cope with different registers and styles of written and spoken French and to reflect critically on the way the language is used and structured. A range of optional subjects are available over the course of the four years.  

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    The programme in first year includes an introduction to French language, literature, and history. First year subject areas include: (i) French grammar and grammatical analysis, (ii) written and oral comprehension and (iii) modern fiction, theatre, cinema and poetry. You will spend four contact hours each week working on French language and grammar, and three studying literature and contemporary French history and society. In second year, you will build on this foundation by following courses in the history of French ideas and politics, French literature, French linguistics and in the practice of the French language itself.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In third and fourth year, a wide variety of optional modules building on courses previously undertaken are available. These range from Renaissance and Enlightenment writing to Romantic and Modern French literature; from French language, politics, society and identity to French critical theory, philosophy, history and cinema. In your final year, you will research and write a Capstone project in English or French on a subject of your choice in consultation with a supervisor.

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honours students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a French-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Lyon 2, Bordeaux-Montaigne and Orléans universities.

    Mairéad Walsh, French Major Student 

    "What makes French at Trinity so special is the personable relationships you form with your professors and teaching staff, who in turn see you as an individual, not a number. The beauty of smaller and more intimate lectures and seminars (especially as you progress through your degree) allows for an invaluable learning experience, where students and professors can debate and question each other on their arguments (usually the professors are right). But it is this environment that they create, which allows students to question and flourish and ultimately think for themselves, that makes French in this place so special. 

    I feel blessed to have met such wonderful people, both staff and classmates, who have helped to shape me into an open and inquisitive mind, hungry to travel (across the francophone world and beyond), to work, to further my studies and to ultimately think for myself."

     

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    387-577 (2017)

    Number of Places

    84

    Minimum entry points required are 387-577 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

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    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    French

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    French

     

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • French and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1553


    +353 1 896 1333

    french@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/French