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French Major & Minor

Major in French

The French major consists of a minimum of 36 credits in French, of which at least 24 must be in courses numbered 200 or higher. Majors in French are strongly encouraged to include study abroad as part of their program.

Courses above the intermediate level are offered on a rotating basis. Students should consult their advisers about planning their programs.


Learning Goals for the Minor and the Major

Minor in French 

With a French Minor, students will develop the ability to: 

1. Express basic linguistic and intercultural proficiency
2. Engage in everyday conversation with native speakers of French
3. Explore the underlying values involved in cross-cultural exchanges
4. Analyze authentic documents from French-speaking societies
5. Produce texts and media in French  


Major in French 

With a French Major, students will develop the ability to :

1. Comprehend and produce a broad range of communicative structures, showing sufficient control and understanding of complex critical and analytical statements in French.

2. Demonstrate a critical thinking ability required to recognize and address complex textual analysis using appropriate tools.

3. Recognize and understand literary, linguistic, and cultural texts and apply digital tools across different texts and contexts.

4. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the French language, and Francophone literatures and cultures by locating, evaluating and contextualizing valid and reliable information.

5. Engage the French-speaking world with empathy and with understanding of the diversity of human experience across Francophone languages and cultures.

Highly motivated students with a GPA of 3.7 or better in courses for their major may also carry out an individual project based on research or community involvement in French.

Requirements within the Department:

  • 36 credits in French courses
  • 24 credits in courses 200-level or higher

Recommended Sequence for French Courses:

Please note: Your level entry depends on your previous studies of the language. Students who place into 200-level courses or above are eligible for a Fast Track major requiring only 30 credits.

Elementary    French 101 and 102
8 credits
Intermediate French 131 and 132
6 credits
French 200-level Courses: 
6 credits
     201-202 Modern Readings in French (I-II)
     203-204 French Composition & Conversation (I-II)
     210 French Conversation
French 300-level Courses
9 credits
     315-316 Introduction to French Civilization (I-II)
     310-311 Introduction to Francophone Cultures (I-II)
     322 Advanced Composition & Conversation
Balance of courses at a 300- or 400-level
3 credits each
TOTAL 36 credits

Additional Information:

Students may earn a maximum of 6 credits for the French major from cultural courses pertaining to French Literatures and Civilization taught in English, including:

Please note that other courses in English may be designated as acceptable by an advisor only under the following conditions:

            – The student must have completed French 132 or the equivalent
            – A substantial part of the coursework must be completed in French
            – The instructor and advisor must give permission in advance

It is advised that majors in French take at least 12 credits of a second foreign language, particularly if graduate study is foreseen. Those planning to earn teaching certification are strongly urged to consider a double major or a minor in a second foreign language.


Highly Recommended:

  • Study of Spanish or German
  • Study Abroad in Nice or Tours (France)   
  • International Study Tours in Paris, the Loire Valley and Montreal



Minor in French

A minor in French consists of a minimum of 18 credits in French beyond the elementary level (420:101, 102 or 420:108, 109), including at least 12 credits in courses numbered 200 or higher.

Requirements within the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures:

      • 18 credits above Elementary level
      • 12 credits in courses 200-level or higher

A maximum of 6 credits in French Cultures and Civilization courses taught in English may be earned for credit toward the French minor. These courses must be taken under the same conditions as those stipulated for the French major.

Recommended Sequence for French Courses:

Please note that your level entry depends on your previous studies of the language.

Intermediate French 131 or 132
3 credits
French 200-level Courses: 
6 credits
     201-202 Modern Readings in French (I-II)
     203-204 French Composition & Conversation (I-II)
     210 French Conversation
French 300-level or 400-level Courses
9 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Highly Recommended:

  • The French Minor strongly compliments majors in Spanish, German, International Politics, European History, Africana Studies, Business (Finance, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, etc.), Pre-Law and Pre-Med.
  • Please note that most graduate programs in the Humanities or Social Sciences will require students to study at least one foreign language up through the advanced level.
  • International Study Tours in Paris, the Loire Valley or Montreal


Electives related to French Major & Minor

Courses in European history, Art history, music, philosophy, International Studies, business, history, religion, and other foreign literatures are recommended as electives. Outside the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, recommended courses with significant Francophone content or relevance to the French-speaking world include:

Global Perspectives:                       
50:516:265: Imperialism
50:082:185: Cross-cultural Art History
50:082:486: Queer Art & Film
50:163:370: Children & Migration
50:163:371: Global Childhoods
50:070:380: Food & Culture
50:698:205: Introduction to Museum Studies
50:350:354: Postcolonial Literature (G)
50:350:371: Literature of Travel
50:350:245: Folklore (D)
50:730:256: Philosophy of Literature
Performing Arts:  
50:700:390: Electronic Music
50:700:412: History of Jazz (D)
50:700:413: World Music (G)
50:965:310: Experimental Theater
50:510:372: Modern Jewish History
50:350:384: Literature of the Islamic World (G)
50:840:212: Jews, Christians, Muslims
50:790:428: Radical Islam Challenges the West
50:516:241: Pre-colonial Africa
50:516:242: Africa since 1800
50:070:344: Dance of the African Diaspora
50:082:285: Art of Africa
50:730:216: Africana Philosophy
North America:
50:516:350: The Caribbean
50:516:380: Caribbean History
50:840:363: Magic & Ritual Power
50:070:338: North American Indians
50:352:351: The Harlem Renaissance (D)
50:510:321: Absolutism and Enlightenment in France & Europe (G)
50:510:322: The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon (G)
50:082:351: European Art 1780 to 1880
50:082:352: European Painting 1880 to 1940
50:510:370: Women in Modern Europe (G)
50:730:344: Existentialism & Phenomenology