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French Courses

The curriculum for the French major includes courses on the language, literature, and cultures of the Francophone world.


As a French major, you will receive advanced training in French language in the four skills: understanding spoken French, speaking French, reading comprehension, and written communication. After completing FREN 201 and FREN 202 at the intermediate level, you will also take advanced grammar and composition in FREN 361 (offered each fall semester) and FREN 362 (offered each spring semester). We also offer FREN 460 - Advanced Composition and Stylistics, for students who wish to enhance their writing even more.


You will further develop your ability to read works of literature, learn to conduct textual analysis, and to write effectively in French. Courses designed to foster these competences are FREN 311, FREN 471, and FREN 472.


Cultural literary and knowledge about the history of France and the Francophone world prepare you both for advanced study in our program but also for participating fully in the world beyond the university.

Le monde francophone

Once you have attained a high level of competence in French, you will turn your attention to courses on specialized topics. You will have the opportunity to take courses on the literatures, cinema, and cultures of France, Belgium, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haïti, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Maghreb. We offer these courses on a rotating basis, and you should discuss your interests with your French professors and your advisor.

Minor area

If you select the French and Francophone concentration, you will choose your 18-credit minor based on your interests and in consultation with your advisor.

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If you select the French Education concentration, you must complete the 24-credit minor in secondary education through the College of Education.

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Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).