French

Bachelor of Arts in French

The study of foreign languages and literatures opens your mind to cultures, societies, and histories around the world. French is the official language of 29 countries and 4 continents including Africa, North America, Europe, and Oceania. It is also the official language of a number of important international organizations, companies, and institutions such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Proficiency in French language is especially useful in a diverse range of fields such as art, business, culinary arts, education, finance, fashion, health studies, international trade, journalism, law and legal studies, medicine, and political science.  

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures equips well-rounded students for entry into the global community. A B.A. in French broadens students’ understanding of society through cultural exchange in French and provides them with communication skills, linguistic dexterity, critical thinking, and cultural awareness. These cultural insights and practical tools help graduates find their place in today’s competitive, multilingual marketplace.

Diverse course offerings range from basic-intermediate-advanced language studies and traditional linguistics and literature courses to topic-driven courses in film, cultural identity, and foreign language business.  Students also can benefit from interdisciplinary “Languages Across the Curriculum” and service-learning outreach courses that extend the classroom beyond the traditional campus. Students pursuing a French degree enjoy various careers in the fields of business, communications, education and government. Many alumni can attribute their foreign language skills as the foundation for their continued studies in medicine, law, business, and academia.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in French from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in French

A minor in French requires 15 semester hours in French (minimum 9 hours at 3000 level or above), including:

  • FLFR 2010 Intermediate French I
  • FLFR 2020 Intermediate French II

For more information about French

French Program Website


Careers in French

  • Translator (legal, literary, localization, machine, medical, technical)
  • Interpreter (business, conference, escort, judiciary)
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign service
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Customs
  • Intelligence
  • Law enforcement
  • Journalism/broacasting
  • Banking/finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics and transportation/Supply chain management
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Business executive
  • Analyst
  • Airline services
  • Travel services
  • Lexicography
  • Steganography
  • Teaching/tutoring
  • Educational administration
  • Civil service
  • Non-profit or public interest law

Curriculum in French

Students must earn a C and maintain a 2.5 GPA in all major courses.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
FLFR 1010 Elementary French I4FLFR 1020 Elementary French II4
Core History3Core Social Science3
Core Mathematics3Core Science I4
Elective13 
 16 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
Core Social Science3Core Humanities23
Core Science II4Core Fine Arts3
FLFR 2010 Intermediate French I4LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 FLFR 2020 Intermediate French II4
 14 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following courses:3Select one of the following courses:3
FLFR 3030 French Conversation
 
FLFR 3040 French Composition
 
FLFR 3010 French Phonetics and Diction
 
FLFR 4020 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
 
FLFR 4030 French Continuing Conversation
 
FLFR 4040 French Continuing Composition
 
Select one of the following courses:3FLFR 3110 French Civilization3
FLFR 3100 Introduction to French Literature
 Electives19
FLFR 3140 Survey of French Literature I
  
FLFR 3150 Survey of French Literature II
  
COMM 1000 Public Speaking33 
Electives 16 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
FLFR Electives19FLFR 4980 French Senior Capstone1
Electives16FLFR Electives19
 Electives16
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 16
Total Hours: 120
1

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved FLFR electives and to select other electives.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

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Curriculum in French-International Trade

 Students must earn a C and maintain a 2.5 GPA in all major courses.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1000 Public Speaking13FLFR 1020 Elementary French II4
FLFR 1010 Elementary French I4ENGL 1120/1127 English Composition II3
ENGL 1100/1107 English Composition I3Core History (to complete sequence)3
Core Mathematics3Core Humanities23
Core History3Elective33
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics3
Core Literature3Core Science II4
Core Science I4FLFR 2020 Intermediate French II4
FLFR 2010 Intermediate French I4LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 14 13
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following courses:3ACCT 2210 Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FLFR 3030 French Conversation
 MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing3
FLFR 3010 French Phonetics and Diction
 FLFR 3110 French Civilization3
FLFR 4030 French Continuing Conversation
 FLFR 3310 Business French3
ACCT 2110 Principles of Financial Accounting3Core Fine Arts3
MNGT 3100 Principles of Management or 3810 Management Foundations3 
Select one of the following courses:3 
FLFR 3040 French Composition
  
FLFR 4020 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
  
FLFR 4040 French Continuing Composition
  
Elective33 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
FINC 3610 Principles of Business Finance3FLFR 4980 French Senior Capstone1
ECON 4300 International Economics3FINC 3100 Fundamentals of Global Trade or 5510 Multinational Financial Management3
Select one of the following courses:3French Elective36
FLFR 3100 Introduction to French Literature
 FLFR 4310 French for International Trade3
FLFR 3140 Survey of French Literature I
 Business Elective43
FLFR 3150 Survey of French Literature II
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
French Electives36 
 15 16
Total Hours: 120
1

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students should meet with their advisors to identify appropriate French and other electives.

4

Students must meet with their advisors to determine approved required and elective business courses.

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Last Updated: August 03, 2016