Main Page Content


As the nations of the world become more interconnected and interdependent, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that allows you to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way. French language and culture studies prepare you for future opportunities to compete and succeed in the global economy. Through interdisciplinary instruction and the development of intercultural understanding, our curriculum is designed to help you become proficient in French and prepares you to reach your career aspirations in your chosen field of interest. We encourage our students to double major and to participate in study abroad programs in French-speaking countries sponsored by the Center for Global Education and Engagement.

The French major consists of 33 credits and enables 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. As with all other undergraduate degrees, students in this major must also complete the General Education program requirements. 

Recent Modern Languages and Cultures' graduates have gone on to highly competitive Master's and PhD programs in Higher Education Administration, TESOL, French Literature, and Counseling at recognized research universities. Others have joined the workforce as Bilingual, French, and Spanish elementary and high-school teachers in Rochester and around NY state, ESL teachers for adult learners, translators, interpreters for defense attorneys, social workers, law enforcement officers, and health professionals.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

General Education Requirements (41-44 credits)

Program Requirements (33-42 credits)

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.

*Indicates courses that meet both major and general education requirements. Transfer students should consult with their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took upper-division Spanish courses at another institution.

Prerequisites (0-9 credits depending on placement)

  • FRN 111 Beginning French I*
  • FRN 112 Beginning French II*
  • FRN 211 Intermediate French I*

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • FRN 212 Intermediate French II*
  • 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

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  •  Three French courses at the 300 or 400 level. See course descriptions.

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a baccalaureate degree in French, graduates will be able to:

  1. Narrate and describe using a variety of time frames, extended discourse, and specialized vocabulary.
  2. Deliver oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, using a variety of strategies to tailor the presentation to the needs of their audience.
  3. Narrate and describe in all major time frames with good control of aspect and a range of general vocabulary in writing for personal and professional needs.
  4. Identify the main facts and many supporting details in conventional narrative and descriptive oral texts.
  5. Identify some of the essential points of argumentative texts in areas of special interest or knowledge.
  6. Explain key perspectives of some French-speaking cultures within a comparative framework and connect them to cultural products and practices.
  7. Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts.