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French at Brockport

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As the nations of the world become more interdependent, knowledge of the world's languages and understanding of world cultures become more significant for effective global communication and peaceful coexistence. Language study prepares today's students for tomorrow's opportunities by supporting interdisciplinary instruction and developing cross-cultural understanding. Our mission is to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts background and to ensure that they gain competency in the target language and familiarity with the literature, history and culture of the civilization in question.

The major in French is intended to enable students to acquire an advanced level of proficiency in the language. Literature and culture courses are designed to provide a historical, political and social overview of the French-speaking world. All courses are taught in French unless otherwise noted.

What can I do with a major in French?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the French major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts orBachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

The major in French consists of 30 credits as follows.

Required Courses


  • THREE elective courses; ONE of which must be at the 400-level

Note: Teacher certification candidates in the Adolescence Inclusive program are also required to take FCE 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the number of credits required for the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

French majors are expected to speak, read and write in French and to be able to understand spoken French. Students are also expected to demonstrate basic and comparative knowledge of history, politics, systems of belief, art, literature, and daily life of the Francophone world; to explain the relationship between the practices and perspectives and the products of the different Francophone cultures; and to establish connections between the major literary movements and the historical, social, and political circumstances that form the context of writers' artistic production.

Why MINOR in French? 

Nearly Eighty Million people speak French as a native language and more than 200 million speak the language across the globe. It is both a working language and an official language of the European Union, the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.

Learning the French language and the cultures of the 33 countries where it is the official language is important for many majors including International Business and International Studies. As the world’s number-three destination for foreign investment and its fifth largest economy, France is a crucial economic partner. Achieving a French minor provides students with the appropriate level of proficiency in the language to handle communication tasks necessary for government agencies and private companies with an international reach. Students acquire knowledge of the cultures related to the language studied, making them better able to understand and work with these communities. Knowledge of another language and culture is also desirable in many other professions. Students who compliment their degree in health care, social work, criminal justice, communications with the study of languages and cultures are better able to understand, serve, and communicate with the diverse population in the US. The courses offered for the French minor teach students to identify and appreciate cultural connections and differences, helping them grow into their role as global citizens. 

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

The minor in French consists of 18 credits as follows:

Required Ccourses


  • TWO elective courses; ONE of which must be at the 400-level



Last Updated 10/8/13