Major in French & Francophone Studies

Major in French and Francophone Studies:

Required Credit Hours: 33

In the larger cultural picture, it is, of course, impossible to separate language from culture, culture from literature, or literature from how an author chooses to use a language. Therefore, the core courses required of all French & Francophone Studies concentrators provide a solid basis in all these areas. 

1) Core Requirements: French 305; French 314 or French 315; French 450 (satisfies the Major Writing Requirement and the Major Computing Requirement). These core requirements must be taken on campus.

2) Elective credits: 24 elective credits, chosen from French 151, either 210 or 212 (both cannot count), 303* and any course at the 300- or 400-level in the French & Francophone Studies section


A minimum of 15 elective credits, chosen from French 151, either 210 or 212 (both cannot count), 303* and any course taken at the 300- and 400-level in the French Section; plus up to 9 credits from courses taught in English (provided that these courses are relevant to French & Francophone studies, have been chosen in consultation with the major advisor, and have been approved by the French section). No more than 9 credits from courses not taught in French shall be counted for the major.

* Please note that students cannot enroll in FREN 303 after they have completed 305 OR any other higher level FREN course.

All majors in French & Francophone Studies are strongly encouraged to include study abroad in a French-speaking location at some point in their undergraduate experience.

Students will choose their faculty advisor from among the French & Francophone Studies  faculty when declaring their major in French. Students considering a career in teaching are strongly encouraged to consult with Professor Kulick when designing their major in French & Francophone Studies. The French & Francophone Studies section actively supports faculty-mentored student research and strongly encourages qualified students to consider writing an honors thesis.