French Major

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What is the French major about?

The undergraduate French major develops students' linguistic proficiency, increases their understanding of French and Francophone cultures, improves their familiarity with key figures of French literature and history, and hones their critical awareness of the intellectual problems and possibilities involved in the study of other cultures. The goal of the major is thus to provide an integrated learning experience for students in which each course weaves together language and culture within specific content offerings.

Majors in French are encouraged to double major with another field in the humanities, social sciences or sciences such as history, art history, economics, English, anthropology, political science, education or nursing. French majors may also take coursework in the Dept. of Teaching and Learning to prepare for a teaching career.

To Declare a Major in French

Obtain a "Declare a Major" form from outside Dept. office, LARTS 350, or from the Registrar's Office. Fill out the form and have it signed by the Chairperson of the Foreign Literature & Languages Department

Requirements for the Major in French

  • 30 credits in 300/ 400- level courses French. For information on course options offered in the department view our Courses page or the online catalog. Current course offerings may be viewed by accessing COIN.
  • French 301, 302, 331 and 332 are required for completion of the major.
  • To qualify for a 400-level course, students must normally obtain the consent of the instructor teaching the course and have earned at least 12 credits in their major at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • Twenty-seven of the 30 credits must be taken in courses taught in French.
  • No more than six credits in directed or independent study will normally be accepted toward the major.
  • A grade point average of 2.0 in courses in the major field is required for graduation.

Note: To qualify for any French course at the 300 level, a student must complete courses through French 202, or its equivalent (e.g., pass the placement test in that language).

Study Abroad

The Department strongly recommends that majors in French consider a study abroad experience. For programs offered within our department as well as links to those at other universities, please click here: Study Abroad.