French Studies

Department Affiliation: Language and Culture

French remains the most widely spoken European language outside or English. It remains the language of refinement and culture, but also of diplomacy and business particularly in the European Community.

The department offers majors and a minor . Either major can be completed alone or with another major or minor. The Minor in French Studies can be tucked to any other major.

Prerequisites: FRE 1 and FRE 2 – or Language Fulfillment Alternative (p.67)- fulfill the GS language requirement and are prerequisites for majors and minors.(8 units).

French Studies with International Emphasis

The major in French Studies with International Emphasis combines language proficiency with an additional global dimension. This major is designed to familiarize students with the French culture while acquiring an understanding of the world and its complexity.

1. Core Courses required for Majors and Minors

FRE 3 &,4

Intermediate French


CUL 107

Theory & Practice of Culture


FRE 101

Writing Lab


FRE 112

History & Civilization of France


2. Additional courses required for the French with International Emphasis

FRE 126

Modern Classics




World Literature in Translation


HIS 003

History of the World


ECO 112

World Economic History



POL 131

International Relations


3. Study Abroad, (3)


Internship Abroad


Scholarships will be made available for the Internship abroad.

Total units for the Major: 38 including prerequisites.

French Studies Major

The focus of this major is on language, literature and the culture of France and the francophone world.

Same Prerequisites


Same Core Courses as above


Additional upper division courses French Studies

FRE 116

Contemporary Culture and Politics


FRE 124

Literary Masterpieces


FRE 128

Twentieth Century Literary Trends


FRE 191

Senior Thesis



Plus 2 additional upper division courses


Total units for the Major in French Studies : 41 including prerequisites

French Studies Minor

The minor in French studies is designed for students who wish to acquire language and culture proficiency in French. It is designed to be easily added to any other major.

I. Same Core Courses as above


II. An additional 3 upper division courses


Total units for the Minor in French Studies: 24 + 8 prerequisites= 32

French Courses

FRE 1 Elementary French I (4)

Develops fundamental skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on speaking and writing. GS-IV

FRE 2 Elementary French II (4)

Further improves all four language skills stressing reading and writing, and vocabulary building. GS-IV

FRE 3 Intermediate French III (3)

Emphasis on conversation and oral comprehension. Emphasis on vocabulary building and the acquisition of idiomatic speech patterns. GS-IV

FRE 4 Intermediate French IV (3)

Introduction to French and Francophone literature. A variety of literary texts will be read and discussed to improve reading and oral communication. GS-IV,VI

FRE 33A/B French Culture and Civilization (3,3)

A comprehensive approach, both historical and thematic, to a better understanding of French culture today. Highlights of major social and historical developments and of literary and artistic movements. These courses are given in English only through the Weekend College. GS-IV

FRE 101 French Writing Lab (3)

Intensive training in writing, with emphasis on vocabulary, idiom, structural patterns and style. Exercises in rhetoric, in creative and other forms of writing.

FRE 112 History and Civilization of France (3)

This course will cover the major trends and expressions of French civilization, including the Age of Cathedrals, the French Renaissance, the glory of Versailles, and the French Revolution.

FRE 114 The Belle Epoque: Before and After (3)

This post Revolutionary period starts with Napoleon and ends with the second World War. From Romanticism and Surrealism in literature, from Impressionism to Cubism in painting, it is the vibrant evolution of modern France.

FRE 116 Contemporary Culture and Politics (3)

The economic recovery of France under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle, its place and role in the European Community, as well as the new trends in art, philosophy, literature and films are some of the topics included in this course.

FRE 124 Literary Masterpieces (3)

Poetry, tragedies, comedies and philosophical essays, from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century: the best of French literature before the Revolution.

FRE 126 Modern Classics (3)

The nineteenth century has been called the Golden Age of French literature and includes Balzac, Victor Hugo, Beaudelaire, Flaubert, Emile Zola and many other remarkable writers.

FRE 128 Twentieth Century Literary Trends (3)

From the Surrealists to the Roman Nouveau, this course will focus on some of the great French writers of this century, with special emphasis on Albert Camus, André Malraux, Marcel Pagnol, and Natalie Sarraute. Selected texts from various Francophone cultures will be evaluated in terms of cultural variances and their impact on mainstream French literature. GS-VI

FRE 190A/B Internship (3,3)

Internship/cooperative experience programs in areas related to French culture or international business.

FRE 191 Senior Thesis (3)

A two-semester directed research project required for majors under the direction of a department faculty member. The topic of the thesis must be approved by the department chairperson. Students must enroll in their thesis course no later than the first semester of their senior year.

FRE 194 Study/Travel (1-6)

Pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project highlighting the travel experiences.

FRE 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.

FRE 198AB Directed Readings (3,3)

Directed readings selected from authors representative of significant literary periods.

FRE 199AB Independent Studies (1-3,1-3)

Directed research. For qualified students with the approval of the department.