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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the French Program is the development of students' cross-cultural understanding and communicative proficiency in French through the study of current French society and culture.

Preparation for the Major

A working knowledge of the fundamentals of French grammar and syntax, correct pronunciation, and ease in oral expression (12 units of lower-division or the equivalent).

The Major

The 24 upper-division units required for the major must include FREN 301 and 303, or their equivalent, and a minimum of three courses at the level of 320 or above.

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus. The experience of living and studying in a francophone country is highly recommended.

The Minor

Two options are available:

  1. 18 units: at least nine of the 18 must be in upper-division courses: FREN 301, 302, 303, and 310 are recommended.
  2. 12 upper-division units. Prerequisites: Fourth semester competency in French and approval of the department chair.

A minimum of six upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus. The experience of living and studying in a francophone country is most highly recommended.