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Bachelor of Arts Degree in French

Francophone societies

Salut! Broaden your cultural and professional horizons with a major in French! Bring your communication skills to a higher level with our courses designed to expand your proficiency in the language. Also, you will increase exponentially your cultural basis for livelier interactions with native and heritage speakers of French. Our exciting civilization, literature, and linguistics courses focus on our remarkably diverse societies, highlighting their history, traditions, and challenges. As a career in itself or an invaluable asset to any professional field, pursuing a major in French will provide you with an enriching intellectual experience.

Basic Requirements

Total Credits required to complete major: 33-36.

  • FREN 202: Intermediate French II: 0-3 credits
  • FREN 301: Written Communication: 3 credits
  • FREN 302: Introduction to Literature: 3 credits
  • FREN 450, 455, 460, 465, 474, 475: Two courses in literature: 6 credits
  • FREN 335 or 416: One course in grammar: 3 credits
  • FREN 317 or 423: One course in linguistics: 3 credits
  • FREN 313, 314, 325, 326: One course in civilization: 3 credits
  • FREN 477: Senior Seminar: 3 credits
  • Three electives at the 300 and/or 400 level: 9 credits
  • Note: A minimum of 33 credits of French at the 300 and 400 levels is required for the major.  A minimum of 15 credits (including 301 and 302) must be taken at Geneseo.

 Effective Fall 2021: Revised French Major Curriculum/Requirement

Major Requirements

 32-36 credits

FREN 213

Intermediate French Grammar, Culture, and  Communication

0-4

FREN 301

Written Communication

4

FREN 302

Introduction to Literature

4

 

Other FREN courses, including:

24

Two electives at the 300 and/or 400 level

 

One course in literature from: 

FREN 450 - Medieval and Renaissance French Literature Credit(s): 4

FREN 455 - French Literature Classical Period and Enlightenment Credit(s): 4

FREN 460 - French Literature from Romanticism to the Present Credit(s): 4

FREN 474 - Francophone Literature, Africa and the Caribbean Credit(s): 4

FREN 475 - French-Canadian Literature Credit(s): 4

 

One course in grammar from:

FREN 335 - French for the Professions: (subtitle) Credit(s): 4

FREN 416 - Advanced Grammar and Syntax Credit(s): 4

 

One course in linguistics from:

FREN 317 - Phonology Credit(s): 4

FREN 423 - Selected Topics in Linguistics Credit(s): 4

 

One course in civilization from:

FREN 312 – M/Modernity in West Africa Credit(s): 4

FREN 313 - Contemporary French Civilization Credit(s): 4

FREN 314 - M/Contemporary Francophone Civilizations Credit(s): 4

FREN 325 - French Civilization Credit(s): 4

FREN 326 - M/Early Non-European Francophone Civilizations Credit(s): 4             

 

NOTES: A minimum of 32 credits of FREN at the 300 and/or 400 level is required for the major. A minimum of 16 credits (including FREN 301 and FREN 302) must be taken at Geneseo.

Recommended:

Study of a second language and Study Abroad

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required in all 300- and 400-level courses in fulfillment of requirements for the major. 

Writing Requirement

All students whose FIRST MAJOR is French or Adolescence Education: French are required to pass the departmental writing examination.  This examination may not be attempted more than three times.