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Why study French?
French is spoken by about 300 million people worldwide. Significant populations in 54 countries speak it, and it is an official language in 41 countries, which compose the largest part of La Francophonie. These countries include France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Canada as well as most of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) and West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, and Cameroon, just to name a few).
French is an official or administrative language of numerous world organizations such as the the United Nations and all its agencies, NATO, the European Union, the African Union, International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, NAFTA, and many others.
Recent graduates from the French program have gone on to professions such as: a science librarian for a national laboratory, a senior pastor (her background in French helped in her study of Greek), teachers and professors of French, foreign affairs and international relations, and multiple areas of graduate studies in the States and abroad.
Students majoring in French must meet the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree. The major consists of French courses at the 200-level or above. Students majoring in French must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses counted toward the major or have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses counted towards the major.
Requirements: 32 hours in French at the 200-level or higher, including FREN 520 and 521, Introduction to French Literature I and II, and at least three 700-level courses. Two non-transfer courses are required at the 700-level.
Major option "with distinction": The department also offers a major option "with distinction". Students seeking this option must maintain a 3.5 GPA in all courses taken toward the major while they fulfill the requirements: 38 hours: two courses in addition to the regular major, one of which must be at the 700-level.
Note: The Department of Modern Languages strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students, and for this reason we take very seriously the placement of students in courses that match their abilities. Each class in the sequence of our courses is designed so that students advance in reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural proficiency. In order to best serve each individual, the Department reserves the right to remove students from the rosters of classes that do not correspond to their proficiency levels. Students who have acquired advanced language skills abroad or at home must consult with Modern Languages staff in order to determine their appropriate entry point in our language sequence. Students who begin their coursework at advanced levels may qualify for retroactive credit in as many as four courses.