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French and Francophone Studies  #frenchiseverywhere


Preparation for the Major

French 100A, 100B, 201, 210, and 221 with a grade of C (2.0) or better. (20 units) Recommended: European Studies 101.

International Experience Requirement

All French majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, French majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or an academic year program. To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, French majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.  If study abroad would create a barrier preventing you from completing this BA degree, please contact the Program Adviser to discuss possible alternatives.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 27 upper division units in French to include French 301, 302, 305A, 305B, and 15 upper division electives in French to include at least two 500-level courses. No more than one 400-level French course taught in English or Humanities 310 may be applied to the major.

Outcome 1. Demonstrate advanced/B2-C1–level* reading comprehension in French. 

Outcome 2. Demonstrate advanced/B2-C1–level listening comprehension in French.

Outcome 3. Demonstrate advanced/B2-C1–level French writing proficiency.

Outcome 4. Demonstrate advanced/B2-C1–level French speaking proficiency.

(*From official guidelines by ACTFL for advanced level and by CEFR for B2-C1 level)

Outcome 5.  Analyze and interpret key cultural issues (e.g., of ethnic, social, and gender diversity) in France and Francophone regions within their historical, socio- economic, political, and/or geographical contexts

Outcome 6. Analyze literary works, film, and/or other arts in their historical, sociopolitical, and transcultural contexts. 

Outcome 7. Research, synthesize, organize, and present results in oral and written form.

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High School Equivalents

High school foreign language courses may be used for purposes of placement in college courses and may be counted toward meeting the language requirement in various majors. These high school courses will not count as college credit toward graduation.

Secondary school language courses can be used as follows:

  1. The first two years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first semester of a college level course.
  2. The first three years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first two college semesters.
  3. Four years of high school level language count as the equiva-lent of three college semesters or five college quarters, thus fulfilling the language requirement.

Information subject to change or error. For most accurate information, please see the SDSU general catalog for a full list of requirements.

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