French Major and Minor Requirements

Department: Modern Languages
Department Chair: D. Alsop
Department Members: D. Alsop, J. Brown, S. Colburn-Alsop, K. Johnston, A. Formoso-Mayán, K. Wasielewski

Major: French
Minor: French    

The challenges of today’s world require men and women educated within a multilingual and multicultural perspective. The department of modern languages is dedicated to meeting those challenges by offering programs that open career opportunities in journalism, international business, law, Foreign Service, social and medical services, tourism, and teaching.

The department offers majors and minors in French and Spanish. The possibility of pursuing an individualized minor in language studies or other related areas can be investigated through the individualized minor program.

One semester of a modern foreign language at the 210 course level or higher will satisfy the international exploratory requirement.

Advanced Placement
Students who upon matriculation do not demonstrate proficiency equivalent to satisfactory completion of a Franklin College foreign language course numbered 111 or higher or the equivalent at another institution must complete such a course prior to graduation. If a student takes the French or Spanish placement test and places above the first-semester level, the student is eligible to receive credits for the courses below the level into which they placed, provided they successfully complete with a grade of C- or above, at Franklin College, the course into which they placed. Students may earn up to 12 hours for French or Spanish placement. Example: Students who place into the 300 level of French will receive 12 credit hours for FRE 111, 210 and 211 upon the successful completion of a 300-level course by earning a grade of C- or better. Students who place into the 200 level of French will receive eight credit hours for FRE 110 and 111 upon the successful completion of a 200-level course by earning a grade of C- or better. Credits for FRE 210 and 211 count toward the French major and minor and toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation. Credits for FRE 110 and FRE 111 only apply toward the 120 credit hours needed for graduation.

Note: Students must receive a grade of C- or better in a class in order to continue to the next level.

French Major

The minimum requirement for a modern language major is 28 semester hours, numbered above 111 and excluding 459. Students must take at least one literature course and must receive a grade of C- or better in all 28 semester hours. The courses chosen by the student for the related field requirement must have department approval.

A maximum of 8 hours of transfer credit, AP credit, and/or advance-placement credit can be applied to the 28 hours of coursework at the 200-level or above required for the French major. In order to complete the French major, students must therefore complete at least 20 credit hours of French coursework at the 200-level or above at Franklin College, including a literature or culture class.
For French majors who spend a semester abroad in a French-speaking country, an additional 8 hours of study abroad credit can be applied to the 28 hours of coursework at the 200-level or above, pending departmental approval prior to the term abroad.

Minimum of 28 credit hours from the following courses
Must include at least one literature course
FRE 210 Intermediate French I
FRE 211 Intermediate French II
FRE 300 Topics in French
FRE 314 Career French
FRE 315 Advanced Writing and Grammar
FRE 331 French Civilization
FRE 332 Masterpieces of French Literature
FRE 334 Francophone Culture
FRE 337 The Nineteenth-Century Novel
FRE/CAN 340 Francophone Canadian Literature

All of the following courses
FRE 498 Portfolio
FRE 499 Senior Essay
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship
SNR/SNT 489 (FRE) Senior Year Internship/Project

Related Field
12 credit hours – courses chosen must have department approval and be submitted to the Academic Records Office. All related field courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

French Minor

A maximum of 8 hours of transfer credit, AP credit, advance-placement credit, and/or study-abroad credit can be applied to the 20 hours of coursework at the 200-level or above required for the French minor. In order to complete the French minor, students must therefore complete at least 12 credit hours of French coursework at the 200-level or above at Franklin College, including a literature or culture class.

Required Courses
FRE 210 Intermediate French I
FRE 211 Intermediate French II
FRE 314 Career French
FRE 315 Advanced Writing and Grammar

One of the following courses
FRE 300 Topics in French
FRE 331 French Civilization
FRE 332 Masterpieces of French Literature
FRE 334 Francophone Culture
FRE 337 The Nineteenth-Century Novel
FRE/CAN 340 Francophone Canadian Literature