Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The French and Francophone Studies Major

Preparation for the French and Francophone Studies Major

Students must have finished FREN 202 or the equivalent (e.g. placement in upper-division through the Department's Placement exam), thereby demonstrating proficiency in oral and written expression. Lower-division courses provide the necessary training in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) as well as basic cultural competency. Upper-division courses further develop these skills and bring students to a level of proficiency of Advanced Low to Advanced High on the ACTFL scale. The experience of living and studying in France or a Francophone country is highly recommended.

The Major

Option 1

This option requires a minimum of 24 upper-division units that must include:

FREN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition (or equivalent)3
FREN 320Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century3
or FREN 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries
or FREN 322 Survey of Francophone Literature
Four upper-division FREN courses at any level12
Two FREN courses at the 400 level6
FREN 495Senior Capstone Project (optional) 10-3
or FREN 497 Senior Capstone Project with Advanced Integration
Total Units24-27

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus. Up to 6 units taught in French at the 300 level may be transferred from accredited American or International programs.

Option 2

This option requires a minimum of 27 upper-division units that must include:

Courses in the French and Francophone Studies section of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures (21-24 units)
FREN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition (or equivalent)3
FREN 320Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century3
or FREN 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries
or FREN 322 Survey of Francophone Literature
Three upper-division FREN courses at any level9
Two FREN courses at the 400 level6
FREN 495Senior Capstone Project (optional) 10-3
or FREN 497 Senior Capstone Project with Advanced Integration
Courses in Other Departments (6 units)
Select six units of upper-division courses from the following. 26
ANTH 328Caribbean Cultures
ANTH 339Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire
ANTH 385Native Peoples of Northwest Europe
ARCH 321City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism
ARCH 340Biographies of World Cities
ARTH 323Memory, Monument, Museum: Politics of Display
ARTH 334Art of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries in Europe and the Americas
ARTH 336History and Theory of Photography
ARTH 361Chinoiserie and Japonisme
COMM 380International Media
COMM 475Intercultural Communication
ECON 333International Economics
ENGL 315Literary Periods
ENGL 321Literature of Race, Gender and Sexuality
ENGL 366Modern and Contemporary European Literature
ENGL 372Film Studies
ENGL 374Gender and Literature
ETLW 302Business and Society
FILM 301Introduction to Film Theory
FINA 405International Financial Management
HIST 304Africa in the Western Imagination
HIST 322Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
HIST 323Medieval Woman
HIST 331The Global Renaissance
HIST 339Americans in Paris through War and Peace
HIST 340World War I
HIST 341World War II
HIST 342From Subjects to Citizens: Nation Building in France and India
HIST 348France in Revolution and War
HIST 378The History of World War I and World War II through Literature and Film
MGMT 309International Comparative Management
MKTG 305Global Marketing
MKTG 306Global Marketing Alternative
MUSC 317Spanish, French and German Diction for Singers
PHIL 474Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
POLS 302Political Thought:Modern and Contemporary
POLS 307Feminist Political Theories
POLS 352Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
POLS 353Politics and Religion
POLS 354Revolutionary Change
POLS 355Politics in Europe
POLS 359Politics in the Middle East
POLS 360Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
POLS 363Politics in France
POLS 377Regional Security
POLS 378Transnational Crime and Terrorism
POLS 380Theories of International Political Economy
POLS 381Migration & Immigration Politics and Policy
POLS 382International Human Rights
POLS 383International Organizations
SOCI 374Social Movements
SOCI 410Social Change: Global Perspectives
THEA 360Theatre History 1
THEA 362Theatre History 2
THRS 315Islamic Thought and Culture
THRS 318Islam, Women and Literature
THRS 323War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
THRS 331Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
THRS 353Early Christianities
THRS 367Feminist Theology and Ethics
THRS 372Women, Gender, and Christianity in the Ancient World
Total Units27-30

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus. Up to 6 units taught in French at the 300 level may be transferred from accredited American or International programs.

Recommended Program of Study for the French and Francophone Studies Major

FREN 101 through FREN 202 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.