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Major in French Studies
Minor in French Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in the following B.A. and B.S. programs: Modern Languages, Literature and Culture, International Business, and Teacher Certification in Modern Languages. It also houses the International Studies Minor and offers courses in the program (see below).

In addition, Modern Language majors are encouraged to consider combining language studies with other disciplines, resulting in double Majors.


Category A: French. Six French (FREN) courses, or 18 credits, numbered 201-460.
No more than 12 credits at the 200 level or 6 AP/IB credits may be applied to the Major. French 307 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) and French 350 (Introduction to French Literary Study) are required. The remaining credits may be chosen from the French 300 or 400 levels.

Category B: Interdisciplinary. Four approved courses, or 12 credits, whose content is devoted substantially to the study of French or Francophone literature, history, culture, or society.

The eligible disciplines include Fine Arts, History, Modern Foreign Languages, and Philosophy. These courses may be in French or English and may include:
1)  French 300- or 400-level courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages            and Literatures; and
2)  approved courses offered by other departments and programs on campus that focus          on French or Francophone culture, politics, or history.

Although the French courses comprising the French Studies Major are sequential (levels 200, 300 and 400), students may begin the program by taking approved Art, History or Philosophy courses alongside required French language courses. French Studies majors seeking teacher certifications must include within Category B at least six credits in French. Such students will complete a minimum of 24 credits in French within the 30-credit French Studies Major. In addition, these students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of twelve credits in a second modern language (other than English).  A major’s program of study must be carefully planned with a French Faculty advisor to assure oral and written proficiency in French.

Eighteen credits: Six courses numbered 201-460. Of these, a maximum of 12 credits may be applied from the 200 level, and only six credits of 300- and 400- level work may be transferred from a study abroad program. No more than 6 AP/IB credits may be applied to the Minor. FREN 350 is required. The Minor must constitute a coherent program of study designed with a French Faculty Minor advisor and aimed at achieving oral and written proficiency in the language.

Grade Requirements: A minimum grade of "C" is required for course credit toward a Major or a Minor in Modern Languages and Literatures.

Contracts: A contract for all Majors and Minors must be approved by a Modern Language Faculty advisor.

Modern Language Proficiency Certificate: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures awards a certificate in modern language proficiency in French, Italian and Spanish based on demonstrated ability to comprehend, read, speak, and write the language. Requirements: A grade of "B" or better in six credits taken in language and literature courses at or above the 300 level, and an oral proficiency examination administered by the Department. The certificates are awarded upon the reception of a baccalaureate degree.

Study Abroad Programs: Majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad either for a year, a semester, or a summer term at an approved program abroad. To be eligible for study abroad, students must have an overall grade average of 3.0 and an average of 3.0 in their language Major or Minor.