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2023-2024 University Catalog
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major: French and Francophone Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) 2023-2024

Osprey Map (Course Sequence Guide)


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite and major courses.

Note: Students may be placed into higher courses due to placement exam result or departmental recommendation.

FRE1120 Beginning French I (4 Credits)
FRE1121 Beginning French II (4 Credits)
FRE2240 Intermediate French I (3 Credits)
FRE2241 Intermediate French II (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (9 credits)

FRE3283 Fren Listening/Speaking Skills (3 Credits)
FRE3300 French Grammar and Composition (3 Credits)
FRE3350 Readings Fren Lit and Culture (3 Credits)

Major Electives (21 credits)

Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum 9 semester hours of courses taught in French. Of the 12 hours allowed in English, no more than 6 hours may be in courses focusing on Europe so that students will be exposed to the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Francophone world.

FOL 3930 ST: Foreign Languages (French only) (3 credits)
FOL 3953 Advanced Foreign Language Study (3 credits)
FRE 3502 French and Francophone Cultures (3 credits)
FRE 4501 France Today (3 credits)
FRE 4402 Advanced French Conversation (3 credits)
FRE 4905 Directed Independent Study in French (3 credits)
FRE 4930 Special Topics in French Culture (3 credits)
FRT 3800 French Translation Techniques (3 credits)
FRW 4930 ST: French Literature (may be repeated) (3 credits)

Note: These courses above are taught in French

Focusing on France and the Francophone world, taught in English:
FIL 4822 French Cinema (3 credits)
FOT 3510 Love in the Middle Ages (3 credits)
FOT 3931 Studies in Foreign Culture (French/Francophone culture only) (3 credits)
FRT 3550 Faces of France (3 credits)
EUH 3451 France Since 1789 (3 credits)
CPO 3151 Politics & Society in France (3 credits)

Select no more than 2 courses (6 credits) from the following courses focusing on Europe, taught in English :
EUH 3120 Medieval Europe (3 credits)
EUH 3142 Renaissance-Reformation (3 credits)
EUH 3202 Enlightenment & Power: Europe 1660-1789 (3 credits)
EUH 3206 20th Century Europe (3 credits)
EUH 3932 Selected Topics: European Histroy (topic on France only) (3 credits)
ARH 3410 Modern European Art I (3 credits)
ARH 3434 Modern European Art II (3 credits)
PHP 3786 Existentialism (3 credits)
ECS 3303 Current Issues in the Economics of the European Union (3 credits)

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)

The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 credit hours of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your Advisor to declare a minor.

*Double majors are exempt from a minor.

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Latin, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (15 credits)

SELECT 15 HOURS AT THE 3000/4000

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate). upper-division (3000/4000) level hours.