The coursework listed below outlines the recommended curriculum for French majors.

A program of study for students who wish to study French but do not plan to continue to graduate school (although it does not preclude further study at a graduate level). This option allows for French as a second major. 

Suggested French Major Programs - Option A 
Lower Division
Upper Division
French 4, 10, 11 (or equivalent), 15 A total of nine courses distributed as follows: 101, and eight courses in language, literature, and culture.

An honors major program for students intending to continue the study of French at graduate level. A GPA of at least 3.0 in the major is required, as is the recommendation of two instructors. 

Suggested French Major Programs - Option B
Lower Division
Upper Division
French 4, 10, 11 (or equivalent), 15 A total of 10.25 courses distributed as follows: two language courses (100, 101); eight literature and culture courses, including Modern Languages 170.

Lower Division

Courses 1, 2, 3, 4, 9/10, 11 (or their equivalents). Students intending to major in the department must present evidence by examination or otherwise that their preparation includes the equivalent of the courses enumerated above. Courses 1, 2, 3, 4, 9/10, 11 normally consist of four one-hour class meetings per week.

The Department of Modern Languages does not accept online courses or placement exams to count towards course work in lower division or as a way to complete the proficiency requirement.

Upper Division

The course listings are alternated regularly so as to furnish the major with the widest coverage in his/her field. Except for modern languages in translation courses, all upper division courses are conducted in the foreign language. Courses in translation are not normally taken for credit towards the major.

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