Course Descriptions

Current Undergraduate Course Offerings

Course Schedules and Descriptions

Courses taught in French: 

Students are placed into French courses according to the results of their placement test.

All course offerings are taught in French unless labeled otherwise. Students must place at the 200 level (FFW) or have completed fourth-semester French (420:132 or 420:137) to take 200-level courses.

Courses taught in English: 

There is no prerequisite needed.

French majors may count one (1) elective course taught either in English in the Department of French or taught outside the department on a topic related to the arts, culture, literature, or history of French-speaking areas (with prior written approval of the Undergraduate Director)Up to two (2) courses in English may count towards the minor. For complete major and minor requirements, please go to  majoring & minoring in French.

Additional Guidelines:

  • Students who place at the 200-level (FFW) or who took AP French are welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about course options.
  • 420:215 (or 217) and 420:216 (or 218) are prerequisites to all 300 and 400 level courses.
  • It is recommended, but not required, that students take 6 credits at the 300-level before taking 400-level courses.

SAS Core Curriculum

The following courses taught in French fulfill one or more Core Curriculum requirements (SAS, SEBS, Mason Gross, School of Management and Labor Relations, SCI, and Bloustein School). A course used to meet core goals may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement: 

  • 01:420:132 Intermediate French
  • 01:420:213 Intensive Advanced Grammar and Conversation
  • 01:420:214 Composition and Stylistics
  • 01:420:215, 216 Aspects of French literature
  • 01:420:217, 218 Approaches to French literature (Honors)

The following Core Curriculum courses are taught in English:

  • 01:420:105 French for Reading Knowledge I (not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of secondary school French). 
  • 01:420:106 French for Reading Knowledge II (not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of secondary school French).
  • 01:420:160 Shorts Stories of France
  • 01:420:241, 242  Major Writers in Translation
  • 01:420:243 Twentieth-Century Women Writing in French
  • 01:420:251 France and the World -The World in France
  • 01:420:261 Life Writing in France
  • 01:420:271 Francophilia: Literature and Society in Modern France
  • 01:420:272 Major French Plagiarists
  • 01:420:281 French and Francophone Text(s) and Image(s)
  • 01:420:282 Music, Culture and Memory in the French-speaking World
  • 01:420:283 French Gastronomy and Global Food Cultures

Requirements for other programs

Previous Descriptions by Semester