Bachelor of Arts in French

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are FREN 2096 and FREN 3096.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.

    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement

      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The requirements for the major in French exceed the CLA minimum for this requirement.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals.  See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements: Ten courses in French (30 credits)

Prerequisites: FREN 1001, FREN 1002, and FREN 1003 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent placement.

Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who initially place beyond FREN 1003 may begin with FREN 2001 or a course beyond 2001, as appropriate.

FREN 2001Intermediate3
FREN 2041Reading I3
FREN 2096Composition I (WI)3
FREN 3096Composition II (WI)3
FREN 3101Survey of French Literature I3
FREN 3102Survey of French Literature II3
Two French 4000-level courses6
One French elective numbered 2002-49993
One French elective numbered 3000-49993
Total Credit Hours30

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in Major, students must:

  • Complete the requirements for the concentration in French with a GPA of at least 3.50;
  • Be recommended to the chair of the department by the French faculty advisor after consultation with the French faculty;
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in French

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
FREN 1001Introduction to French I [LA]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
FREN 1002Introduction to French II [LA]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FREN 1003Introduction to French III [LB]3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
FREN 2001Intermediate3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
FREN 2041Reading I3
FREN 2096Composition I [WI]3
One 2002-4999 French Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
FREN 3096Composition II [WI]3
FREN 3101Survey of French Literature I3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One French course at the 3000 level or higher3
FREN 3102Survey of French Literature II3
CLA/CST 2000-4999 Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
One French course at the 4000 level3
One French course at the 4000 level3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123