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Grand Valley State University    
  May 23, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in French

Requirements for a Major in French

Students majoring in French are required to complete 36 hours beyond the FRE 202 course, including the core curriculum courses (FRE 301, 304, 306, 307), and FRE 495. A student must have completed the core or be completing it the semester he or she enrolls in advanced courses. FRE 495 must be taken in the last year preceding graduation.

Upon successful completion of the core curriculum, students must elect one of three emphases: literature, linguistics, or civilization.

Literature Emphasis

For the literature emphasis, students must complete:

Linguistics Emphasis

For the linguistics emphasis, students must complete:

Additional Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one of the following:

Civilization Emphasis

For the civilization emphasis, students must complete:

Additional Courses

Students are encouraged to take at least one of the following:


In addition to the above, all students must complete four elective courses at the 300 and 400 level, at least two of which have a focus on literature. Students should take careful note of the prerequisites for their chosen courses. Elective courses should be pre-approved by a faculty advisor.

Students seeking to pursue a graduate degree are advised to complete a minor or major in a second language. All majors (and minors seeking teaching certification) should complete a study abroad program.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in French

Suggested order of coursework for students without prior language background:

Students entering GVSU with previous experience in French may start French courses at the 200 or 300 level, based on a placement exam, CLEP or AP credits, or consultation with a member of the Modern Languages and Literature department.

Requirements for a Certificate in Secondary Education

Students seeking teaching certification with a major or minor in French must also take

 .  We will provide information sessions on preparing for the Oral Proficiency Interview each year.