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French major & minor

Requirement for the Francophone Studies major:

Francophone studies majors are strongly encouraged to spend a semester, studying in a university in Bordeaux with the SLU program in the spring. The Bordeaux program is open to all level of French (from beginners to advance students). At the university of Bordeaux, students may take courses in Art History, Economics, sciences, French and Francophone Literature, Government (at the Sciences politiques school) and African Studies; all courses are taught in French and some of them are taught in English (for beginners in French).

Students in France traditionally take four courses (4 credits) each semester. Advance students may receive three credits toward the Francophone studies major or minor. Beginners will earn two credits toward the Francophone Studies major or minor.

In the fall, students can go to Rennes through CIEE program (see the CIIS website for more information) and they may receive credits toward their Francophone studies major/minor.

The major consists of nine courses:

  • Five electives at the 103-104 level or above.
  • Two electives at the 300 level or above.
  • Two electives at the 400 level.

Courses at the 300 level are offered only in France. Students who do not participate in the France program must therefore take at least four courses at the 400 level. In France, courses are taught in French, or in English, but only those courses taught in French count towards the major or minor. 

Requirement for the Francophone Studies minor:

A Francophone studies minor consists of six courses at the 103-104 level or beyond. French minors are encouraged to spend a semester on the France program. Students on the France program may count three courses (advance students) or two courses (beginners) toward the Francophone studies minor.

For beginners, the major will consist of nine courses above the 101-102 level, of which three must be taken at the 400-level; the minor will consist of six courses above the 101-102 level.