French Major

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The French major includes courses exploring the language, literature, and culture of France and the Francophone world. Students should select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisors and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, particularly with reference to their overall academic and career goals. Entering French majors are generally expected to qualify for placement in Intensive Advanced French or higher.

Required Courses
10 French Courses

Unless lower placement requires additional language study, the French major consists of:

  • 2 Intensive Advanced (FREN-111 & FREN-112)
  • 2 Gateway to Culture/Literature (FREN-250 & FREN-251)
  • 6 Upper-Division Electives including at least one from the pre-1800 Literature group, one from the post-1800 Literature group, one from the Culture and Civilization group, and one from the post-advanced Language group (including courses in Linguistics, History/Development of the Language, Performance, and French for Professional Purposes).

Please note: A minimum of 4 of the 6 upper-division electives must be at the 300-400 levels. At least two of these 300-400 level courses must be taken at Georgetown.

Overseas Studies

French majors are normally required to study in a French or Francophone university during their undergraduate year in the context of a one-semester, full-academic year, or intensive summer program. Georgetown offers excellent programs in Strasbourg, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Dijon, Poitiers, Nancy, and universities in Belgium, French Canada, and Francophone Africa--many of which require direct matriculation and must meet the overseas studies standards and guidelines established by the Office of Global Education. The Department of French and Francophone Studies also sponsors a six-week summer study program in Tours, France and an eight-week summer business program in Paris. See the Summer Study Abroad section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.