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French - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in French (code RGR_BA01) (120 units)

The major in French consists of 36 upper-division units in the 300-400 level courses indicated below. The number of lower-division units will depend on the amount of French studied previously in high school or college, since students with prior study of French may enter at advanced standing (usually second or third year).

The major program satisfies the requirements for the Single-Subject teaching credential in French, but credential candidates must take FREN 414 (Phonetics). Major students should be mindful of the Department’s second language requirement: two college years or equivalent of a second foreign language, other than English. The Department also recommends inclusion of specified history courses in the program of study. These courses offer additional enrichment to the cultural component of the student’s course of study.


Lower Division: Prerequisite: FREN 214. Does not count toward the required 36 units.

Upper-Division: A minimum of 36 units of upper-division courses which must include FREN 312A, 312B, 314, 335, 336, 337, 411, 440, 480 and three of the following courses: 414, 456, 460, 462, 470, 471, 472, 474, 475, 476, 477, 479, 490; one of the following courses may also be used in this category: RGR 346I, 450I. Candidates for the teaching credential must take FREN 414.

Department Requirement: Two years of a second foreign language at college level or equivalent is required of all majors.

Departmental Recommendation: Students specializing in French should include the following courses in their program of study: HIST 131, 132, and one or more of the following: HIST 335, 336, 337. A selection from the following courses would also be appropriate: HIST 332, 333; RGR 346I, 450I.

Bachelor of Arts in French Studies (code RGR_BA08)

  • Directors - Clorinda Donato, Stephen Fleck
  • Advisors - Clorinda Donato, Stephen Fleck
  • Program Office - AS 309

The Bachelor of Arts in French Studies provides students with a thorough basis in the study of French Language, History, Literature and Culture within a global context. Students completing the B.A. in French Studies will acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of French history, culture, and society that will prepare them for a broad range of career options both at home and abroad. These include international law and business, teaching, government and foreign service. In addition, the solid background in French and Francophone history and literature provides a strong foundation for further study at the graduate level in a variety of M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

The French Studies Program situates California State University, Long Beach at the vanguard of scholastic innovation in the burgeoning field of cultural studies. The French Studies major provides a unique opportunity for students to address the cultural, economical, social, and political dimensions of Francophonie.

This major reinforces California State University, Long Beach’s established and recognized record as a leader in offering students a global pedagogical experience that can be transferred to the working world of the present and the future.

To meet new demands for professionals, French Studies combines courses from literature, history, and other disciplines. French Studies will enable students to draw from a multifaceted disciplinary basis to interpret cultural phenomena and trends in a variety of global contexts. Students will receive training in historical, linguistic, and literary methods in the complementary areas of French and Francophone history and literature in this major. As the only public institution of higher education in California to approach French Studies at the undergraduate level from both global and cross-disciplinary perspectives, California State University, Long Beach recognizes the cooperative and symbiotic relationship connecting the disciplines of history and literature with respect to a comprehensive understanding of the Francophone World.

French Studies Majors are required to develop a program of study in consultation with the program advisor. In addition to assisting students in the development of the program planner and providing advice on post-graduate options, the program advisor and director maintain close contact with each student in the major. Courses for the program have been selected to foster synergistic growth in French language, literature, culture and history. Students begin the major at the third-year level, after they have completed two years of college French (or have acquired the equivalent competency) and after they have completed course work in world history. At the third year they will take advanced language and composition, survey courses in French literature, historical methods, and 300-level French History courses. During the senior year, students will take French Civilization, specialized courses in the literature and history of France and the Francophone world, and the French Capstone course. Furthermore, students majoring in French Studies will be encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunity to participate in a study abroad or internship program.


Upper Division: A minimum of forty-eight (48) units of upper division course work. Fifteen (15) units must come from the following History courses: HIST 334, 336, 337, 339 and 301. Twenty-one (21) units must come from the following French courses: FREN 312A, 312B, 335, 336, 337, 411 and 440. However, with the Program Director’s consent, the requirement of FREN 312A and 312B may be waived. The remaining twelve (12) units can be selected from the following courses (subject to prior approval of the Program Director and based on course content): HIST 435, 498, FREN 456, 470, 471, 472, 474, 477, 479, 480, 490.

Minor in French (code RGR_UM01)

A minimum of 20 units which must include: FREN 312A, 312B, 314, 411 and at least one other upper-division course in French to make a minimum total of 15 upper-division units.

The Minor in French is available to any non-French major.

Master of Arts in French (code RGR_MA01)


  1. A bachelor of arts degree in French, or:
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper-division units in French, comparable to those required of a major in French at this University. Deficiencies will be determined by the advisor after consultation with the student and study of transcript records.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Approval of the graduate program by the graduate advisor, the faculty advisor and/or departmental committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
  2. The candidate should file for advancement upon completion of 6 units and preferably no more than 9 units on the program. A 3.0 GPA is required.
  3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).


  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses, with a minimum of 24 units in the 500 and 600 series in French;
  2. Specifically required courses include: FREN 580* and 696* (*students with a BA in French from CSULB see advisor);
  3. Two years of one of the following languages: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, or Russian, or pass an examination at intermediate level in one of those languages. Major or minor in a second foreign language may be used to fulfill this requirement, upon approval by the Department. For other languages, consult the Graduate Advisor:
  4. Maintain a GPA of at least "B" (3.0) in the major;
  5. Pass comprehensive examinations on the Graduate Reading List in three areas to be selected by student upon consultation with Graduate Advisor;
  6. No more than six units of transfer graduate credits are allowed, subject to approval by the Graduate Advisor. No more than six units of International Programs course work may be credited toward the 24-unit French requirement for the MA at this univeristy;
  7. Teaching Associates must take RGR 601, Teaching Methodology. These units do not count toward the required 30 units for completion of the MA.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, French (code 152)

Completion of the French major meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in French (code 152). Prospective students should consult the undergraduate French Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of French are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The French Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


Same as for the major in French but including French Phonetics, FREN 414, as one of the 400-level courses.