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French (120 Credits)

A minimum of 34 credits beyond the 203 level (or the equivalent level in competence) in the major language is required for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures. FRENCH 101, 102, and 203 do not count toward the major. Students who place into 102 and receive a B or better qualify for an additional 4 departmental advanced placement credits; students placing into 203 or above and receiving a B or better qualify for 8 departmental advanced placement credits. A maximum of 8 departmental AP credits is possible. See school for details.

Majors must complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.

Students are admitted to the French major upon making their intentions known to the School of Languages, Cultures and Race. However, no course in which a C- or lower grade is earned will be counted toward the major. 300-400-level courses taken pass, fail may not be included for credit toward the major. No course may be repeated for credit toward the major unless thus designated in the catalog. No course may count for both the major and the minor.

Majors and prospective majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, living in the target culture and enhancing their fluency. Many accredited study abroad programs are available; students should work with their advisers in the selection of a program.

Of the 34 credits required for the major, a minimum of 15 must be taken in residence with 6 of these credits at the 400 level. A maximum of 12 credits per semester or 18 credits per year earned in a study abroad program may be applied toward the major. Credits for FRENCH 105, 205, 305, and 405 may not be applied toward the major.

All majors must complete an exit proficiency examination during the semester in which they complete the last language course of their major. There is a fee charged for the exam.
First Year
First TermCredits
FOR LANG 101 [DIVR], 110 [DIVR], 120 [DIVR], or 220 [DIVR]3
FRENCH 101, 102, 203, or Elective14
FRENCH 105 or Elective1
SLCR Culture Course23
Second TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
FRENCH 102, 203, or Elective14
FRENCH 105 or Elective1
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN] 3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab34
FRENCH 203 or Elective14
FRENCH 205 or Elective1
SLCR Culture Course23
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
FRENCH 110 [HUM] or 120 [HUM]3
FRENCH 205 or Elective1
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab34
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
FRENCH 305 or Elective1
FRENCH 306, 307, or 308 [M]3
Electives 49
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
FRENCH 305 or Elective1
FRENCH 306, 307, or 308 [M]3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
FRENCH 306, 307, or 308 [M]3
FRENCH 310 or 410 [CAPS]3
FRENCH 405 or Elective1
Second TermCredits
FRENCH 350 or 450 [M]3
FRENCH 405 or Elective1
FRENCH 408 [M]3
Exit Proficiency Exam

1Student must meet proficiency requirement to enroll in FRENCH 204.
2SLCR Culture Course (6 credits): Choose from CHINESE 111, 120, 121, 131; GERMAN 110, 120; SPANISH 110, 111, 120, 121; JAPANESE 120, or 123.
3To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
4Electives must be represented by an approved university minor in a second foreign language; 16 credits in a concentrated related field; or a second major in another field. Electives should include sufficient 300-400 level coursework to meet University requirement of 40 upper division credits.

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