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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures


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 25 upper-division units required for the major must include FREN 301 and 303, or their equivalent, three upper-division courses at any level (300 or 400 level), a minimum of one course at the level of 320 or above, and two courses at the 400 level. A one-unit FREN 495 Senior Capstone Project is also required for all majors. The capstone project is carried out in the student’s last year in the program, and it should be linked thematically to one of the last two upper-division courses taken for the major. The student must consult with the program director to determine her or his project and enroll in FREN 495.

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.

Recommended Program of Study for the French Major

FREN 101 through 202 courses must be taken in order, one course per semester. Once the 300 level is reached, two courses or more can be taken at the same time, but prerequisites must be observed. When planning a major or minor, advisors will help map out the best course for each student according to previous background, future career goals, or personal interest.

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.