French Studies Major

A French Studies major will enrich your learning, provide you with an international experience, and open up new career opportunities. It will also provide you with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills sought by employers. In addition, we encourage you to combine your language study with other marketable skills, such as study abroad experiences, coding, management skills, internships, etc.


Lower Division

French 1-3 is part of the Core (can be waived based on prior study).

French 5 and 15 (.25): French 5, our Introduction to the Major, is for students with min. 2 years of prior study, French 15 is a .25 course in pronunciation.

Upper Division

French 100, 101, 196 (.25) and five upper division electives. 

Upper-division course listings are rotated regularly to offer students the widest variety in the field. We have a fabulous study abroad program in the South of France, but 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.