French 254 Information

  • French 254, Civilization of Modern France, is a three-credit French course designed for French majors and minors.

    The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the France of today in terms of its culture, institutions, and problems. With the exception of minutes magiques and certain group discussions, the course will be conducted in French and students should expect to speak in French at all times. Due to the nature of this course and its text, students may also expect to do regular readings both in our text and on the Web. These readings will, of course, be in French.

    Class sessions may include activities such as group work, listening comprehension exercises, reading and discussion of reading passages or websites, summarizing, discussion of vocabulary or themes, and cooperative writing. Final grades for this course will be based on a series of  exams, hand-in homework exercises, in-class exercises, and a dossier personnel or portfolio of your discoveries throughout the semester.

    Unfortunately, no make-ups will be allowed and absolutely no late homework will be accepted. If you are absent from an exam, you will cry bitter tears and replace the missing points by submitting to the most cruel make-up exam. This essay exam will be scheduled for the last week of the semester. Please also note that you will be held entirely responsible for the information that is contained in this document. Make sure you have read everything thoroughly as  ignorance of the law is no excuse!

    Grading system explained

    Final Grades for this course will be calculated according to these point values:

    Exams: 500

    Homework and exercises: 200

    Dossier: 300

    This semester, we will attempt to cover the six dossiers of La civilisation française en évolution II. The text is structured around cultural and institutional topics such as family, politics, political institutions, etc.  These topics are dealt with in dossiers which are divided into several readings. The exams on these dossiers will generally test your knowledge of the important stuff.

    Important stuff!

    Book to buy:

    La civilisation française en évolution II, Steele & St. Onge, Heinle & Heinle Publishers

    Contacting the prof:

    Dr. McCreary’s office address is 435 Sutton Hall.  The professor will be there Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. The contact number is 724-357-2707.

    A better bet is to send an e-mail:

    You may also leave a message with the departmental secretary: 724-357-2325.

    Beware! No calls to the professor’s home will be accepted!