France is the largest nation in Western Europe. As the cradle of freedom, liberty and equality, France is one of the most important cultural centres in the world. Throughout history, France has made a considerable contribution to art, literature, philosophy and democracy, and the country currently wields considerable influence in the EU.
It is a country with proud traditions and a language that is still influential in the world of today. As a French student, you help promote familiarity with one of the countries that has had the greatest significance – and still has – for European culture.
As a student of the subsidiary subject in French, you study just as much about the country as you do the language. You get a broad understanding of French language, literature and culture, as well as the history and social conditions in France. You acquire skills in analysis and interpretation, develop your ability to work with intercultural communication, and learn to use a critical and well-considered approach when dealing with large amounts of material.
You gain an overall understanding of both classical and contemporary French literature, including aspects of philosophy and the history of ideas. You read works by the masters of realism, including Balzac and Flaubert, as well as more recent, experimental writers. You also learn about French history from the time of the French Revolution until today, and you have the opportunity to study current events such as presidential elections and strikes.
You learn to write and speak French fluently. It is therefore an advantage if you are reasonably good at French before you commence your studies. The texts are read in French and most of the lessons take place in French.
In the French degree programme, we deal with many issues and subjects – you may find yourself working with the following topics:
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
Approximately 25 students enrol in French every year (including subsidiary subject students). Due to this limited number, you get to know all your fellow French students, regardless of their year of commencement. You attend with students taking French as a main subject. The teaching consists of lectures in small groups, and classroom lessons where you and your fellow students participate actively in discussions and verbal presentations.
As a non-compulsory supplement to the lessons, some subjects provide workshop activities. Here you can get assistance from more senior students and join in questions and discussions about phonetics, history, literature, etc.
There are 5 workshops:
French students are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important both for academic and social reasons, as you can exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, at the same time as socialising outside university hours.
In addition to your studies, there are other activities available in your spare time:
With French as your subsidiary subject, your degree is geared towards the education sector and teaching at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, teaching colleges and evening classes, etc. French is a minor subject at upper secondary school. You therefore have the best job opportunities if you choose a major subject as your main subject, e.g. Danish, English, history or social science. You have fewer opportunities with a combination of two minor subjects or one minor and one medium subject.
For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.
In addition to teaching jobs, you can also work in the following sectors:
French as a subsidiary subject provides you with the following: