Feb 29, 2024
This major requires a minor. Study abroad is recommended but not required for this major.
The French Studies Major program offers small and focused classes taught by expert faculty. Students develop language proficiency and in-depth knowledge of culture through coursework that covers France and the francophone world, including Canada, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. This major is an asset to students who seek careers in education, international business, translation and interpretation, hospitality and tourism, foreign services, and more.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- perform linguistic proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in the target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale;
- apply global intercultural competence at the advanced level as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
- recognize the value of cultural and linguistic diversity in various communicative contexts. Connect the value of cultural and linguistic diversity to personal development;
- examine and interpret salient historical and cultural features of the regions/communities studied;
- compare cross-cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the linguistic and cultural context of the regions/communities studied; and
- synthesize target language proficiencies, cultural competencies, cultural humility, and critical modes of thinking and expression for an in-depth level of communication.
WLC Department Requirements
Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.
Students in the majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for their program/s.
Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. Students may contact the department to request placement testing if they have prior instruction in any of the languages. For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through our placement exam or credit by examination. Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete general education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.
Required Course Credits: 30
French Cultural Studies Credits: (5)
Second-year French Credits: (15)
French Civilization Credits: (5)
The French Speaking World Credits: (5)
Department-Approved French Electives Credits: 22
Students may also complete the elective requirement with one semester of intensive French language study at our exchange partner the Institut de Français, l’Université d’Orléans.
Culminating Experience Credits: 2
Small Plan Major (fewer than 60 credits)
This major requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.