The department offers the B.A. program in French Studies. The core of the major is the study of French and Francophone literatures and cultures through innovative textual, visual and interdisciplinary approaches.

Major Requirements

  1. Lower-division requirements (12 units plus language proficiency)
    1. French 001, 002, 003, 004, 15a, and 15b or the equivalent proficiency. Students may pass out of some or all of the lower-division language courses for the French major through previous coursework or by taking a language proficiency exam.
    2. Four (4) units: FREN 075
    3. Eight (8) units: CPLT 001 or CPLT 001W, 1 lower-division CPLT course
  2. Upper-division requirements (48 units)
    1. Sixteen (12) units: FREN 101A, FREN 101B, FREN 101C
    2. Eight courses (32 units) of upper-division electives in the French Program. Of these the student must choose a minimum of five courses (20 units) offered entirely in French. Students may petition to take one course (4 units) outside of the French Program on a related topic. It is strongly encouraged that students take at least one class focusing on a time period earlier than 1800. It is highly recommended that students complete FREN 101B and FREN 101C before enrolling in upper-division electives.
    3. Four (4) units: CPLT 193, Senior Capstone Seminar (CPLT 196 strongly recommended but not required)

Language Placement

For information about placement exams contact Suzy Sharweed.

Committee in Charge

  • Heidi Brevik-Zender, Ph.D., Director, French/Comparative Literature
  • Michelle E. Bloom, Ph.D. Comparative Literature/ French
  • Christine Duvergé, Ph.D. French
  • Jennifer Ramos, M.A. French
  • Kelle Truby, Ph.D. French
  • Daryle Williams, Ph.D., Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, ex officio