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Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies (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 subject matter competence requirement 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.

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


Lower Division:

  • FREN 214 Intermediate Conversation (3)
    Prerequisite: FREN 101B.

(Does not count toward the required 36 units)


Upper Division (minimum 35 units):

Take all of the following courses:

  • FREN 312A Advanced French I (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in French or equivalent.
  • FREN 312B Advanced French II (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in French or equivalent.
  • FREN 314 Advanced Conversation (3)
    Prerequisite: FREN 214 or consent of instructor.
  • FREN 333 Survey of French Literature I (4)
    Prerequisite: Upper-division status in French.
  • FREN 334 Survey of French Literature II (4)
    Prerequisite: Upper-division status in French.
  • FREN 411 Advanced French Syntax & Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: FREN 312A-B or equivalent.
  • FREN 440 French Civilization (3)
    Prerequisites: FREN 312A-B.
  • FREN 480 Senior Seminar: Self and Society (3)
    Prerequisites: Two 400-level French courses, or consent of instructor.

Take three courses from the following:

  • FREN 414, FREN 456, FREN 460, FREN 462, FREN 471, FREN 472, FREN 474, FREN 475, FREN 476, FREN 477, FREN 479, FREN 490; one of the following courses may also be used in this category: RGR 346, RGR 400, RGR 450.

Candidates for the teaching credential must take FREN 414.

Two years of a second foreign language at college level or equivalent.

Departmental Recommendation:

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

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