May 24, 2024  
2022-2023 General Catalog 

French (B.A.)

Program Summary

The French B.A. is for students who want to learn French or perfect their French for academic or professional purposes. The program focuses on oral and written proficiency through a well-balanced curriculum of literature, culture, and language courses. Students learn about the French-speaking world beyond France’s borders through text, music, and film; in classes on translation, phonetics, grammar, history of the language, and others, students learn to express themselves for different contexts and in the three communicative modes as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)–that is, interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • The first four semesters of French or equivalent studies as approved by the department are required for all students majoring or minoring in language with an emphasis in French. Students who demonstrate advanced proficiency may receive credit by examination for some or all of the following classes: FREN 1010 , FREN 1020  or FREN 1030 , FREN 2010 , and FREN 2020  or FREN 2030 .

Program Prerequisites

All students must satisfy these requirements before achieving advanced standing. All French majors and minors have the following core courses which must be satisfied:

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

French Curriculum (30 Credits)

Free Electives (39-55 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A. Degree: 120