College of Arts & Sciences

Modern and Classical Languages

The Majors in French and French Studies and the Minor in French



The French Major

The French major emphasizes the acquisition of competence in written and spoken French, a sound understanding of the structures of modern French, and the ability to analyze literary texts from a variety of periods. All courses are offered in French. Majoring in French requires taking two courses numbered 300 -320 and eight courses numbered 321 or higher. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Donahue.

The French Studies Major

The French Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students whose interests include the study of French language and literature, as well as fine arts, history, international relations, philosophy, and political science. To major in French Studies, students must take one course in French or Francophone culture/civilization; five courses in French language and literature of which two will be at the 300 level or above and three at the 400 level; four approved advanced courses distributed among at least two departments. Appropriate courses include:

ART 205 - Neo-Classicism to Impressionism
ART 206 - Impressionism: European Art, 1860-1900
HIS 321 - French Revolution and Napoleon
HIS 325 - France 1814-1914
PHL 436 - French Existentialism

The French Minor

The completion of a French minor requires taking six courses at the 300 level and above. For additional information, please contact Dr. Kristin Burr.


FRE 101 - Beginning French I
FRE 102 - Beginning French II
FRE 201 - Intermediate French I
FRE 202 - Intermediate French II
FRE 296 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 297 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 301 - Conversation
FRE 302 - Composition
FRE 310 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
FRE 320 - History of the French Language
FRE 325 - Comparative Stylistics and Translation
FRE 330 - Medieval to Early Modern French
FRE 340 - France: Enlightenment to Today
FRE 396 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 397 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 398 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 399 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 401 - Advanced Oral Expression
FRE 402 - French Theater in Practice
FRE 410 - The French Novel
FRE 412 - Telling Tales: Short Narratives in Francophone Literature
FRE 413 - French Poetry
FRE 414 - The French Essay
FRE 421 - Love and Desire in Medieval French Literature and Culture
FRE 422 - Making Our Voices Heard:French Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
FRE 427 - The Age of Louis XIV
FRE 431 - The French Enlightenment
FRE 434 - French Romanticism
FRE 438 - 20th Century French Theater to the Present
FRE 437 - Surrealism
FRE 461 - Caribbean Francophone Literature
FRE 462 - Contemporary Francophone Cinema
FRE 466 - Francophone Press
FRE 470 - Topics in French
FRE 471 - Economic and Business French
FRE 490 - French Internship I
FRE 491 - French Internship II
FRE 493 - Independent Readings and Research I
FRE 494 - Independent Readings and Research II
FRE 496 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 497 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 498 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course
FRE 499 - Course Taken Abroad/ Transfer Course