Majoring in French

Students may obtain a BA with a major in French with a minimum of 30 hours of French beyond French 2100. Additionally, coursework must be completed with a grade in the C range or higher in each of the required courses and students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major. Students must meet all major requirements listed below, as well as all College of Arts & Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

Students who work towards a double major (two degrees within the College of Arts and Science) may be able to complete the majors with a minimum of 120 hours. Students who are considering a dual degree program (in Arts & Science and in another school or college) are advised that a minimum of 132 credit hours are necessary.

To obtain the BA degree with a major in French, the following courses, or their equivalents, must be included in the graduation plan (numbers in parentheses indicate prerequisite courses):

  • 2160 Intermediate Composition and Conversation (2100)
  • 3160 Advanced Composition and Conversation (2160)
    OR 3280 Commercial French (2160)
  • 3410 Introduction to Literary Analysis (3160)
  • 3420 Introduction to French Literature I (3160 and 3410)
  • 3430 Introduction to French Literature II (3160 and 3410)
  • 4130 Stylistics (3160 or 3280 and 3420 or 3430)
  • Plus FOUR additional 4000-level courses (one of which must be a capstone) selected by the student with the adviser's approval. French 4960: Special Readings cannot be used to fulfill this requirement except by permission of the department chair.

Students beginning at a level higher than 2160 due to placement testing must still complete 30 hours in order to receive the major.

In addition, the student is required to take a Writing Intensive course in the major, normally designated sections of French 3420 or 3430, and must complete either a related field or a minor. For a related field, a minimum of 8 hours, including at least two upper class courses, as approved by the student's advisor, outside the major field of study.

It is highly recommended that students take French 2310: French Civilization as an elective and, if at all possible, study for a summer, a semester or a full year in a French-speaking country.