As one of the major languages of world governance, diplomacy, commerce, and culture, French opens up a world of opportunities. From Médecins Sans Frontiers, Peace Corps, journalism, translation, international relations to the TGV, civil engineering, cultural management, and luxury trade markets, the French language opens you up to a world of possibilities. In addition to gaining real-world proficiency and mastering communication skills across languages and cultures, students of French learn essential critical thinking skills, analytical reasoning, and adaptability. So, no matter the career and life path you choose, studying French will prepare you to face the challenges and opportunities both of the job market and of an increasingly globalized world.

Forty-eight graded credits in French (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond second-year French, distributed as follows:

Culture et langage

(8 credits)

FR 301 La France contemporaine
FR 302 Le monde francophone contemporaine
FR 303 Identités francophones
FR 302 is a new course and may be used as an elective if a student has already taken FR 303.

Advanced Writing

(4 credits)

FR 416 Advanced Writing in French
FR 425 French-English Translation
FR 425 cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement.


(12 credits)

FR 312 Francophone
FR 317 Medieval and Renaissance
FR 318 Baroque and Enlightenment
FR 319 19th-21st centuries
Students cannot receive credit for both FR 303 and 312.


(12 credits, taught by RL faculty, 8 credits must be at 400 level)


French literature, film, or translation, numbered 330 or above
RL 407 may count if course work is completed in French.


(12 credits)

Courses in literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture, etc.; must be numbered 300 or above (except FR 150) and address the cultures of the Francophone world