French remains the most widely spoken European language outside of English. It remains the language of refinement and culture, and through francophone literature reflects a uniquely global diversity of cultures based solely on language.
The department has programs for both majors and minors in French Studies. These are comprehensive programs leading to a proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Incorporated into the programs are the culture and civilization of France, and a focus on French and francophone literature.
In addition to lower division classes, students must complete 24 upper division units for the major. This includes the following classes plus three more:
In addition to the lower division courses and CUL 107, the minor requires nine upper division units, for a total of 26 units (lower & upper division units combined). An overall grade point average of 2.0 is required for the minor.