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The following is intended as a brief overview of the French major curriculum. For full details regarding required classes, please see the Academic Catalog.

Course Number Course Name Hours
University Core University Core Requirements 36
French Core Requirements   18
FRE 101* Elementary French I 3
FRE 102* Elementary French II 3
FRE 201* Intermediate French I 3

FRE 202* or 

FRE 209*

Intermediate French II or

Intermediate French Conversation

French Electives Six hours of electives in French are required 6
Group 1 Requirements French Conversation, Grammar, and Civilization 6

FRE 309 or

FRE 310

Advanced French Conversation and Composition I or

Advanced French Conversation and Composition II


FRE 315 or

FRE 350 or

FRE 440

French Civilization or

Advanced French Grammar or

Special Topics in French Civilization

Group 2 Requirements French Literature and Film 6

FRE 401 or

FRE 402

Survey of French Literature or

Selected Topics in French Literature


FRE 416 or

FRE 440

Survey of Film in the French-Speaking World or

Special Topics in French Literature

Group 3 Requirements French Linguistics and Special Content 6

FRE 375 or

FRE 440

French Phonetics and Pronunciation or

Special Topics in French Linguistics


FRE 420 or

FRE 441

French for Business or

Methods and Materials in Teaching Foreign Languages

Minor Requirements Students must complete 18 hours of a minor 18
Study Abroad Requirement 18 credit hours taken during a term abroad is required  
Senior Seminar MLG 470 | Senior Seminar 1
General Electives Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation in this program; electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor 39
Total Hours   130

*Ordinarily, 36 semester hours are required for a major in French. However, students whose background in a language enables them to begin their course of study beyond the intermediate level will be considered to have satisfied the requirements for a major when they have completed 24 semester hours.

Students who elect to major in French must complete a minor as specified in a related department with the approval of their advisor. Education courses required for an educator license will not satisfy the requirements for a minor in the Department of Modern Languages. A minor in English or TESOL is recommended for students planning to teach.

All students majoring in French are required to spend at least one term studying overseas through an approved study-abroad program.