French Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at

The French Major

Preparation for the French 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

The 24 upper-division units required for the major must include:

FREN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition (or equivalent)3
FREN 303Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization (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 courses at any level9
Two courses at the 400 level6
FREN 495Senior Capstone Project (optional) 21-3
or FREN 497 Senior Capstone Project with Advanced Integration
Total Units25-27

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 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.