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Bachelor's Degree Programs

Major in French

The primary goal of the program in French at IUPUI is to assist students in achieving linguistic and cultural proficiency in French and Francophone settings. To support this goal, the program offers a variety of courses from the introductory to the advanced undergraduate levels in language & linguistics, culture & literature, and applied areas (translation & Business French).

Considering that French is the only language (with English) that is spoken on all five continents, and that the number of people who speak it has tripled in the last fifty years, a major in French has never been more desirable in the workplace.  French is not only one of the main languages of the European Union and many other international bodies, including the Olympic Committee; it is also dominant in science, engineering, and technology. The major in French not only broaden students’ cultural horizons by giving them direct access to the fields of philosophy, literature, history and music, it also prepares them for a variety of careers in international business communication, translation, tourism, education, and technology, to name a few.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in French (FREN) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of general education and distribution requirements as indicated in the School of Liberal Arts section of the IUPUI bulletin that was current when the student declared a major in French.
  • Completion of a total of 30 credit hours in courses at the 200 through 400 levels, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours in the French major at IUPUI (effective Fall 2015).
  • The required distribution of courses may NOT be waived or substituted, but equivalent courses from study abroad programs and/or transferred from other universities may be accepted with consent of the advisor.

Major Requirements:

  • FREN-F 203: Second-Year French I (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 204: Second-Year French II (3 cr.)

Language course (3 cr.) Choose one:

  • FREN-F 328: Advanced French Grammar and Composition (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 330: Introduction to Translation (3 cr.)

Oral Production course (3 cr.) Choose one:

  • FREN-F 331: French Pronunciation and Diction (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 380: French Conversation (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 396: French Study Abroad (3 cr.)

Culture course (3 cr.) Choose one:

  • FREN-F 300: Lectures et analyses littéraries (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 326: French in the Business World (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 360: Intro. socio-culturelle à la France (3 cr.)

Elective courses (12 cr.) Choose four:

  • FREN-F 307: Masterpieces (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 396: French Study Abroad (3 - 6 cr.)
  • FREN-F 402: Introduction to French Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 421: Fourth-Year French (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 423: Craft of Translation (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 430: Modern Short Narratives (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 450: Colloquium in French Studies (2-3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 451: Le français des affaires (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 452: Civ. & Lit. Québécoises (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 460: French Fiction in Film (3 cr.)*
  • FREN-F 461: La France Contemporaine (3 cr.)*
  • FREN-F 480: Conversation
  • FREN-F 496: French Study Abroad (3 – 6 cr.)

Capstone (3 cr.) 

  • F497 Capstone in French (3 cr.)

Note: Courses NOT taken from the Language, Oral Production or Culture Course categories are eligible for electives in the major

[e.g. a student who took FREN-F 328 may also take FREN-F 330 for his major]. One elective must be at the 400-level.