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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 or Bachelor 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

  • FRN 350 Conversing with French Cinema
  • FRN 351 Compose Yourself: Writing in French
  • FRN 352 French Culture and Civilization in Four Senses
  • FRN 355 Couscous, Coca-Cola, and Camembert: France Today
  • FRN 404 Advanced French Grammar and Conversation
  • FRN 456 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRN 458 Romanticism to Existentialism: French Literary Movements


  • 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.