Language & Culture
Mount Saint Mary's College

Language & Culture

French Studies

French and Francophone Studies

Department Affiliation: Language and Culture

To major or minor in French/Francophone studies is to undertake an amazing journey. You discover the intricacies and beauty of the French language. You learn about the richness and diversities of the French culture and francophone cultures around the world. You meet remarkable people who will enrich your life. 
Our courses will also help you develop essential and valuable skills for any career in any field: analytical skills, critical thinking, communication and writing skills, observation skills, and adaptability.
So come and join us for this wonderful and unique journey. Become a major, become a minor, become something better!
 
The department offers a major in French and Francophone Studies as well as a minor. Students are also encouraged to spend a Junior semester abroad - in France or any other Francophone country- which will transfer as many as 12 units.
 
Major in French and Francophone Studies:
Majors must take at least 15 units in the department, and minors must take at least 12 units in the department.
 
Language Prerequisites: (8 units)
FRE 1 (4 units) & FRE 2 (4 units) 
or equivalent, you may take the departmental placement test
 
Core Courses required for Majors: (18 units)
French 3/103 (3 units) 
French 4 /104 (3 units)
or equivalent with the departmental approval
FRE 101: Writing Lab (3)
FRE 112: History & Civilization of France (3)
FRE 122: Oral Advanced Expression (3)
FRE 126: Modern Classics (3)
 

Plan I - French and Francophone studies:

This program focuses on developing language fluency, and on discovering and deepening knowledge about French and francophone cultures, through the study of literature and other works of art.
 
In addition to the language prerequisites courses and core courses, you choose 2 courses among the following ones:
FRE 115 Translation and Interpretation (3) 
FRE 120 Francophone Literatures (3)
FRE 124 Literary Masterpieces (3)
FRE 128 20th and 21st Century Culture and Literature (3)
 
You choose 2 additional upper division courses in the department (6)
 
You write a senior thesis:
FRE 191 Senior Thesis (3)
 
Total required units: 41
 

Plan II- Interdisciplinary French and Francophone Studies:

This program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to world affairs from a global perspective. Students will draw from different perspectives, having the opportunity to take courses outside the department. 
 

In addition to the language prerequisites courses and core courses, you choose 1 course among the following ones:

FRE 116 Contemporary Culture and Politics (3)
FRE 120 Francophone Literatures (3)
FRE 128 20th and 21st Century Culture and Literature (3)
 
You choose 2 additional upper division courses in the department (6)
 
You may take the 2 addition courses in English on a topic related to the French and francophone world (6). These courses can be taken in the department, such as our culture courses, or outside the department (with the departmental approval).
You can do either an internship or independent studies with the approval of the department chairperson.   
 
FRE 190A Internship (3)
FRE 199 A / B Independent Studies (3)
 
Total required units: 44
 

French and Francophone Studies Minor

This program is intended for students who wish to acquire proficiency in the language and culture of France. It is especially designed to be an easy add-on to majors and minors in other fields. 
 

In addition to the language prerequisites courses (8 units) the core courses for the minor are: (total 12 units)

French 3/103 (3 units) 
French 4 /104 (3 units)
or equivalent with the departmental approval
FRE 101 Writing Lab (3)
FRE 122 Advanced Oral expression (3)
 
You choose 2 additional upper division courses in the department (6 units)
 
Total required units: 26 units
 

Download course list and requirements for French