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)

  • 3410 Critical Thinking (3160)

  • 3420 Introduction to French Culture (3160 and 3410)

  • 3430 Masterpieces of French Literature (3160 and 3410)

  • Plus FIVE additional courses 4000-level courses (one of which must be a capstone) selected by the student with the advisor’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 FR3420 or FR3430, 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.

Students may take one course taught in English (with an FR designator) for credit towards the French major. 

It is highly recommended that students, if at all possible, study for a summer, a semester, or a full year in a French-speaking country.