Departments, Programs and Centers


World Languages and Cultures
  • Director: Associate Professor Didier Bertrand
  • Chancellor's Professor: Obioma Nnaemeka
  • Associate Professor: Didier Bertrand
  • Assistant Professor: Kate Miller
  • Professors Emeriti: Larbi Oukada, Rosalie A. Vermette
  • Assistant Professor Emeritus: James G. Beaudry
  • Academic Advising: Cavanaugh Hall 539A, (317) 274-3902
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The Major in French

In addition to fulfilling the general education requirements for a B.A. degree in the School of Liberal Arts, the major in French requires the following:

30 credit hours above the 100 level (12 of which must be completed at IUPUI), including 15 hours of required courses: F203 (4 cr.), F204 (4 cr.), F328 (3 cr.), F300 (3 cr.), and F497 (1 cr.).

The Minor in French

14 credit hours: F203, F204, F328, and F300 or F360 (a minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed on the IUPUI campus).

Teacher Certification in French Teaching Major Requirements

The teaching major in French requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the 100 level, including 30 credit hours in 300 and 400 level courses. F300, F307, F328, F331, F360, and F402 are required. A year of a second foreign language is advisable. See also the requirements of the School of Education. Students working toward certification are urged to work with the School of Education’s advisor as well as their department advisor.

Teaching Minor Requirements

The teaching minor in French requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours beyond the 100 level, including 18 credit hours in 300- and 400-level courses. F300, F307, F328, F331, F360, and F402 are required. See also requirements of the School of Education.

Departmental Honors Program

To provide recognition to outstanding students in French, the department offers an Honors Program as well as H-Option courses. The program is open to all majors in the department who carry a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.5 in the major. Courses above F204 that are approved by the department may be taken for honors credit or for the H-Option. For further information, contact the department.

Foreign Study

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. For students with one or two years of French, there is a three-week program in Strasbourg, France, in July, offered through the IUPUI Program in French. The Program for International Engineering at IUPUI offers students of engineering a study abroad internship in France as part of the dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in French.

Students may also participate in Indiana University study abroad programs that include yearlong programs at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence and the Université de Nantes that are open to juniors and seniors who have had three years of college French and one-semester programs at the Université de Rennes and the Université d’Aix. For students with two years of college French, there is a summer program in Paris, France.

Students with at least one year, or two semesters, of college-level French may participate in a summer program in Québec, Canada, or Dakar, Senegal. Indiana University credit is granted for work that is satisfactorily completed in these IU programs. Students interested in studying abroad should discuss their options with the director of the Program in French or with the Office of International Affairs as soon as possible.