Suggested French Major Programs

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


Lower Division (6.5 credits)

French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 15 (.25) Students intending to major in French Studies must either take the courses mentioned, or present evidence of examination or otherwise that their preparation includes the equivalent of said courses.  French 15 is a .25 course in phonetics and pronunciation.

Upper Division (7.25 credits)

Option A: A total of 7.25 courses distributed as follows: French 100, 101, 196 (.25) and five upper division electives. 

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.

Honors (Option B): A total of 9.25 courses distributed as follows: French 100, 101, 196 (.25); ML 170; and six upper-division electives. 

Upper-division course listings are rotated regularly to offer students the widest variety in the field. If needed, students may complete two of their upper-division courses in English, with the approval of a faculty member in French. A minimum of three upper-division courses/credits have to be taken on campus. One upper-division credit can be completed by taking French 106 (Advanced Conversation) four times. 


The split major which French is the predominant field of study requires French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 15 (.25), 100, 101, 196 (.25) and four electives. The split major in which French is not the predominant field requires French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 15 (.25) 100, 101, 196 and three electives.