Major in French and Francophone Studies

Why French?

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French is spoken on five continents by over 200 million speakers and is classified as the fourth most spoken language in the world when including second language speakers. Geopolitically, however, it is the world’s second official language: the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), created in 1970, has 70 member states and governments of which over 30 have French as an official language. Furthermore, French, along with English, is an official working language of many international organizations, such as the UN, UNESCO, NATO, and the IOC. French is also cited as the language most often required or requested for international jobs by the US State Department and, according to the OIF, French is the third most important language of the Internet.

A world leader in the fields of technology and scientific research, France is the home of the Minitel (precursor to WWW online services), the TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse (one of the fastest trains in the world), the Institut Pasteur (a leader in medical research which first isolated the AIDS virus), and Airbus (one of the world’s principal aerospace engineering firms). France is also a major research partner in the field of high energy physics, and in nearby French-speaking Switzerland is found CERN, the world’s largest and most complex atom smasher.

France has very important commercial ties to the US, with over 200 French companies found within the State of Florida. France is the 9th largest trading partner for the US, while the US is France’s top trading partner outside of Europe. Furthermore, French is one of the official languages of the US’s largest trading partner, Canada. Thus, the mastery of French can lead to many opportunities in international business.

Alongside its modern achievements, France is well known for its luxury products such as perfumes, wines, and designer fashions, as well as its cultural icons including many authors, actors, film makers, singers, and painters, of which the French are very proud. Knowledge of the French language, along with its rich cultural heritage, can therefore be important assets to any business relationship involving the French.

For more information on the importance of studying French, please consult the following web sites, documents, and videos:

French: The Most Practical Foreign Language

Top Reasons to Take French

The World Speaks French Video Series

A French Company In Every State

Florida and France

To receive more information about majoring in French and Francophone Studies, minoring in French Language and Culture, or pursuing a Professional Certificate in French Language and Culture, or questions about specific courses in French, please contact the Department of Modern Languages at 305-348-2851.

Chairperson: Pascale Bécel

French Grammar Courses: Maria Antonieta Garcia, Jean Robert Cadely

French Conversation Courses: Maria Antonieta Garcia, Peter Machonis

French Literature and Civilization Courses: Pascale Bécel, Maria Antonieta Garcia

French Linguistics Courses: Jean Robert Cadely, Peter Machonis

Degree Requirements (36 credit hours)

Common Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • FOL 3xxx Languages and Technology

  • LIN 3010 General Linguistics OR SPN 3733 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics Language-Area-Focused Culture Course

Major Required Courses (27 credit hours)

  • Lower Division Prerequisite: Must demonstrate proficiency by testing or completion of intermediate level of French.

  • Upper Division Requirements: A minimum of 6 credit hours in the target language must be at the 4000 level.

Major Core courses (12 credits)

  • FRE 3420: Review Grammar/Writing I
  • FRE 3421: Review Grammar/Writing II
  • FREW 3780: French Phonetics
  • FRW 3101: Introduction to Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies

Breadth Courses/Francophone Cultural Studies (9 credits)

Select three courses out of the following list:

  • FRW Literature courses (e.g.: FRW 3280, 3300, 3370, 4123, 4281, 4583, 4751)
  • FRE Civilization & Culture courses (FRE 3500, 3504, 4501)
  • FRE Cinema courses (FRE 4390 and FRE 4391)
  • Haitian Language and Culture (HAI 3500)
  • FRE linguistics courses (FRE 4503, 4791, 4800, 4840, 4841, 4850)

Advanced Literature (3 credits)

Select one course out of the following:

  • FRW Literature courses (e.g.: FRW 3280, 3300, 3370, 4123, 4281, 4583, 4751)

Major Elective (3 credits)

Any FRE or FRW course at the 3000 or 4000 level

Course relevant to the field of French and Francophone Studies, offered outside the Department, with permission of the Director of French and Francophone Studies

For course descriptions, please click here


Junior Year Fall (15 credits):

  • (1st) Common Core course
  • FRE 3780 French Phonetics
  • FRE 3420 Review Grammar/Writing I
  • 2 General elective courses

Junior Year Spring (15 credits):

  • (2nd) Common Core course
  • FRE 3421 Review Grammar/Writing II
  • FRW 3101 Introduction to Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies
  • (1st) Breadth Course Requirement
  • General elective

Junior Year Summer (6 credits):

  • (2nd) Breadth Course Requirement
  • General upper-division elective (3000-4000 level)

Senior Year Fall (12 credits):

  • (3rd) Common Core course: Language-Area-Focused-Culture course
  • (3rd) Breadth Course Requirement
  • FRW Advanced Literature
  • General upper-division elective (3000-4000 level)

Senior Year Spring (12 credits):

  • Major Elective course
  • 2 General upper-division electives (3000-4000 level)
  • General elective

Academic Learning Compacts
The Board of Governors requires that every undergraduate program provide its students with academic learning outcomes and inform them of the program's mission. During the course of their studies, French and Francophone Studies majors must be aware that they will be required to take part in assessment activities.