Local students were recently inducted into the Merrimack College Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. Merrimack College is the latest chapter at #366 Omicron Eta. The following local students were nominated in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in French language and literature.
Students must take 8 courses (minimum 30 credits) with at least 6 beyond FRE 2020. Majors will be encouraged to spend one semester of foreign study in a country where French is the native language.
Courses beyond FRE 2020:
FRE 3010 Composition and Culture
FRE 3020 Conversation and Culture
FRE 3030 French Cinema I
FRE 3040(W) Five Centuries of French Civilization in Films
FRE 3050 Actualités Françaises
FRE 3110, 3120 Survey of French Literature I and II
FRE 3130, 3140 Studies in Modern French Literature I and II
FRE 3510, 3520 French Civilization I and II
FRE 4900 Directed Study
Students interested in preparing for a career as a teacher of French, Italian or Spanish at the secondary and middle school level, have the following two options: they may major in French, Spanish or Romance Languages and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to obtain a 5-year preliminary Teaching Certificate in the teaching of foreign language. Alternatively, they may double major in French, Spanish or Romance Languages and Education to obtain an Advanced Provisional Certificate.
Elementary Teachers can easily double major in French, Spanish, Italian Studies and Romance Languages combined with an Elementary Education major. They will not need to take the MTEL in French, Italian or Spanish.
Study Abroad and the Language Major and Minor
The Department of World Languages and Cultures strongly recommends that all majors and minors study abroad for a semester or more and participate in any of our study-travel courses offered. The choice of program and the choice of courses must be approved beforehand by the department. At least half of the major course requirements must be taken at Merrimack College, including one upper-level course, upon return from the study abroad program.
Sylvie Pressman - World Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor Sylvie Pressman, an associate professor of French, is a native of France. Dr. Pressman has been teaching languages in France, England, California, Colorado and Massachusetts. Her areas of interest are literature, civilization. and language teaching pedagogy.