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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French (B.A.)

Student Learning Outcomes for French:

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate (speak and comprehend) at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write a research project in French focused on reading primary and secondary sources in French.

  • Use appropriately and explain most grammatical structures of the French language.

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the perspectives and products of the cultures studied in themselves and in comparison with their own culture.

  • Read, analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of themes, characters, structure, style, and overall textual strategies, and situate those texts in their cultural contexts.

French majors must complete a minimum of 20 credits (four courses) in residency (200-level or above) and a minimum of 15 credits over two semesters in an approved study-abroad program.

In exceptional cases, certain double majors who can prove that they cannot otherwise satisfy all requirements of both majors may apply for an exception of one semester for the full-year study-abroad requirement. Any double majors granted this exception still must obtain a minimum oral proficiency rating of Advanced.

A minimum of 15 credits must be completed during a one-year (two-semester) study-abroad experience.

Students must complete courses at the 300 (advanced) level or above that include one conversation and composition in French; one French phonetics; one French history, art or culture; one French literature; and one French elective. After completing the required course work, majors must take an oral interview on campus and receive a minimum rating of advanced.

Suggested Four Year Planner:

Second Year Suggested Courses:

Third Year Suggested Courses:

  • 2 semesters abroad (or 1 semester, with departmental permission)

Fourth Year Suggested Courses:


Students with more than two years of French must take the online language placement exam before registering in a language course for academic credit, unless the student begins a new language. Students are not allowed to take FR 111  if they have completed high school level 3 or higher.

Language Incentive Placement Policy: Students who place into a modern language course at the 211-level or higher and earn a B- or better are eligible to receive credit for the previous course in the sequence.