French (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in French
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Classical and Modern Languages
Academic Plan Code(s): FRENBA

Program Information

French is a language spoken on five continents and in over 50 countries of the world where it is used regularly in government, business, and, of course, in everyday life.

The French program at UofL offers a wide range of classes from beginning French to courses in literature, culture, media, linguistics, translation, and film. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in French requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major.  

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following course is required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirements:
Introduction to the French-Speaking World - AH, D2

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences 2,39
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

French Department
FREN 320French Skills Overview3
FREN 321French Conversation3
FREN 322Written Expression - WR 53
FREN 331French Civilization3
FREN 332France Today3
FREN 455Reading in French3
FREN 523Advanced Communication Skills3
FREN 524Theory and Practice of Translation3
FREN 590Senior Capstone - CUE3
French electives at the 300 level or above6
Supporting Courses
M L 250Introduction to the French-Speaking World - AH, D23
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR
Principles of Cultural History - WR
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR
Electives in Humanities disciplines, other than French, at 300 level or above 66
Minimum Electives 723
Minimum Total Hours68

No more than 40 hours in French may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

FREN 121-FREN 123 do not count toward the 40 hour maximum in French.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Capstone - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
FREN 121 Basic French I 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
FREN 122 Basic French II 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FREN 123 Basic French III 4
M L 250 Introduction to the French-Speaking World - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities-AH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
FREN 320 French Skills Overview 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective or French Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
FREN 321 French Conversation 3
FREN 331 French Civilization 3
General Elective or French Elective 3
Humanities WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
FREN 322 Written Expression - WR 3
FREN 332 France Today 3
General Elective or French Elective 3
General Elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science WR Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
FREN 455 Reading in French 3
FREN 523 Advanced Communication Skills 3
French Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective or French Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
FREN 524 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
FREN 590 Senior Capstone - CUE 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR  
Principles of Cultural History - WR  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR  
General Elective or French Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.