The 20-credit Certificate in French, offered by the Department of French, German, Italian and Slavic, introduces undergraduates to the French language and Francophone cultures. As students progress through the various levels of language courses, they'll learn the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary, and will work to develop sophisticated conversational skills. These skills will allow students to speak, read and write confidently in French for the purposes of their professional or personal pursuits, in the U.S. and abroad.

Students declaring a major or minor in the department are encouraged to study abroad. Temple University has a summer program at the Sorbonne in Paris. Credits earned through the Temple Sorbonne Program may be used toward the French major, minor or certificate and for satisfaction of the GenEd World Society requirement.

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Location: Main

Program Code: LA-FREN-CR2+

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Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in French.


Six courses beginning with FREN 1001, including FREN 2501 and an upper-level course (beyond FREN 2001).

FREN 1001Introduction to French I4
FREN 1002Introduction to French II4
FREN 1003Introduction to French III3
FREN 2001Intermediate3
FREN 2501French for Business I3
Select one of the following:3
Conversation I
Reading I
Composition I
Total Credit Hours20