Mar 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

French Studies (BA)

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Program Educational Goals:

A. Linguistic Proficiency / Communication Skills: Students will function in French (speaking, writing, listening, and reading).

  • Student will be able to read and summarize a news article in the target language
  • Student will understand extended speech and discussions and follow more complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar 
  • Student will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise when traveling in an area where French is spoken 
  • Student will be able enter unprepared into conversations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, school, hobbies, work, travel and current events)

B. Cultural Understanding / International Experience: Students will demonstrate understanding of cultural practices, products, and perspectives in French-speaking culture(s).

  • To the extent that it is practical, students will experience French-speaking culture firsthand and reflect on their experience, thus gaining new perspectives on their own culture as well
  • Students will be able to interact in French-speaking culture in a socially appropriate register in a variety of settings: with a host family, peers, as a traveler
  • Student will demonstrate understanding of cultural and social norms in French-speaking culture/s 
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the history and current events of countries where French is spoken

C. Appreciation of World Literatures: Students will analyze and interpret literature, film, or other sources in French. 

  • Students will be able to read longer texts like short stories and simple novels and understand most of the main ideas, guessing the meaning of new words from context
  • Students will be able to briefly summarize a text/source and describe important themes
  • Students will access and use research resources appropriate to French
  • Students will be able to relate textual elements to relevant cultural and historical context
  • Students will be able to describe relevant ideological and aesthetic movements and relate them to specific works

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth requirements are in addition to the University Breadth requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Minimum grade C- required for courses used to satisfy College Breadth.

*If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.


The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Complete one of the following four options (minimum grade D-):

Option One:

Option Two:

One of the following:

Option Three:

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 , MATH 202 , MATH 205 , MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253 , and MATH 266 .

Option Four:

  • Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

Eleven courses (32 credits)* as follows:


*Students placing out of FREN 107  will take a three-credit FREN 2xx course or higher. In this case, the major will total 31 credits.

Restricted Electives:

  • One FREN 2xx elective (3 credits)
  • One FREN 2xx or FREN 3xx elective (3 credits)
  • One FREN 3xx elective (3 credits)
  • Three FREN 4xx electives (9 credits) including one course numbered FREN 411  or higher.

LLCU Capstone Course:

A capstone is required of all majors. LLCU 499  (1cr.) should be taken in the fall of the senior year unless permission is received from the major advisor to take it in a different semester.


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised for 2022-2023 Academic Year

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