The French curriculum allows students to develop their fluency in speaking, reading, and writing French as they learn more about the countries and cultures that make up the Francophone world.
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“On the French maymester, I realized that what we learned in class truly applies to French citizens today. One of my favorite assignments was to interview a resident of Saint Malo. My group chose to talk to a waitress about stereotypes and how mistaken others can be about a culture.”

– Isabella Diez, Class of 2019

The curriculum allows students to develop their fluency in speaking, reading, and writing French as they learn more about the countries and cultures that make up the Francophone world. In addition to courses that focus on grammar and composition, students explore a wide variety of topics, including translation, French culture and politics today, French history, contemporary film, creative writing in French, and the rich culture of French comics and graphic novels. Paired with their proficiency in the French language, this course of study provides students with a more nuanced understanding of the Francophone world and offers them access to a more complex and more fulfilling interaction with native speakers of French across the globe. Many students combine their major or minor in French with another course of study, including International Business, International Relations, Communications, and Psychology, among others. By majoring or minoring in French, you’ll be part of a rich multilingual community that values cultural exchange, diversity, and global community.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in French
Minor in French
Bachelor of Arts in French
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 36
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 42
Total 128
Minor in French
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 16-20
Total 16-20
Requirements for B.A. in French
Requirements for Minor in French
Requirements for B.A. in French
Course Course Title Credits
FRE 2020 Intermediate French II 4*
FRE 2130 Readings in French & Grammar Review 4
FRE 3200 Introductory Literature Survey 4
FRE 4010 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4
Students may choose one of the following options for Capstone Experience:
FRE 4990 Seminar in French Topics 4
FRE 4810-4815 Student Internship 4
B. Select 4 credits from the following literature courses:
FRE 3210 Pre-Revolutionary French Literature 4
FRE 3220 Literature of the Enlightenment and Revolutions 4
FRE 3330 Modern and Contemporary French Literature 4
FRE 3400 Francophone Voices 4
B. Select 4 credits from the following civilization courses:
FRE 3030 Culture and Civilization of France 4
FRE 3040 France Today 4
FRE 3080 Francophone Cultures Outside of France 4
C. Select 8 credits from the following elective courses:
FRE 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics 4
FRE 3000 Conversation and Pronunciation 4
FRE 3150 Contemporary French Culture Through Film 4
FRE 3180 Business French 4
FRE 3600 Creative Writing in French 4
FRE 4444 Independent Study 4
FRE 4500 Translation and Interpretation course 4
FRE 4810-4815 Student Internship 4
Any French culture or civilization course not selected under section B (4)

Any French literature course not selected under section B (4)

Any other 3000- or 4000- level French course not selected under section B (4)

A French GBS course:
GBS 3750 French Cinema: Text and Culture 4
GBS 3780 The French-Speaking World 4**
A French Studies course:
HST 3106 The French Revolution and Napoleon 4
ENG 4500 Critical Theory 4
Any French Studies course taken through an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country (4)

*GBS 3780 cannot be taken if a student has received credit for French 3080.
*The prerequisite for FRE 2020 is FRE 2010 or placement equivalent.

**GBS 3780 cannot be taken if a student has received credit for French 3080.

Note: An approved semester abroad program in a French speaking country may also be an option for Capstone Experience.

Note: The major in French and Francophone Studies is 32 credits if a
student begins at a level higher than 2020.

Requirements for Minor in French
Course Course Title Credits
FRE 2020 Intermediate French II 4
FRE 2130 Readings in French & Grammar Review 4
FRE 3200 Introductory Literature Survey 4
B. Select 4 credits from the following list of courses:
FRE 3030 Culture and Civilization of France 4
FRE 3040 France Today 4
FRE 3080 Francophone Cultures Outside of France 4
C. Select 4 credits from the following list of courses:
FRE 3000 Conversation and Pronunciation 4
FRE 3150 Contemporary French Culture Through Film 4
FRE 3180 Business French 4
FRE 3210 Pre-Revolutionary French Literature 4
FRE 3220 Literature of the Enlightenment and Revolutions 4
FRE 3330 Modern and Contemporary French Literature 4
FRE 3400 Francophone Voices 4
FRE 3600 Creative Writing in French 4
FRE 4010 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4
FRE 4500 Translation and Interpretation 4
FRE 4990 Seminar in French Topics 4
Any French culture or civilization course not selected under section B (4)

A French GBS course:
GBS 3750 French Cinema: Text and Culture 4
GBS 3780 The French-Speaking World 4*
*GBS 3780 cannot be taken if a student has received credit for French 3080.
Note: The major in French and Francophone Studies is 32 credits if a student begins at a level higher than 2020.

The prerequisite for FRE 2020 is FRE 2010 or placement equivalent.
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