The Bachelor of Arts in French at St. Edward’s immerses you in the world of French language and culture and prepares you for many careers in French-speaking countries and international organizations. You’ll gain fluency in the French language, to enhance any global-minded business career or to work in French translation or language instruction.
As a BA in French major, you can take any level of language class, no prerequisites required. And you have the flexibility to specialize, if you wish, in French literature, cultural studies, or language and linguistics.
Bachelor of Arts in French
The BA in French major combines language learning with an exploration of French history, literature and daily life in French-speaking countries. You’ll examine the enormous influence that France holds in political spheres and France’s indelible mark on Western philosophy, art and politics — and even American independence.
With a BA in French, you can work as a foreign interpreter, teacher or translator — or pursue careers with nonprofits and international service agencies that value bilingual skills. Graduates can also work as foreign service officers or do business with confidence in many places around the globe. French is the official language of 30 countries worldwide, from Africa to the Caribbean. It’s a working language of the United Nations and is also widely spoken in Canada, the United States’ largest trading partner.
French is an excellent secondary skill set for careers in fashion, architecture, literature and the culinary arts. A degree in French is highly useful in pharmaceuticals, particle physics and other fields where French companies lead the industry. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and internship opportunities — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (36 CREDIT HOURS):
Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator.
• French III
• French IV
• Survey of French History
• Advanced Composition and Conversation I
Choose 6 hours from the following courses:
• Contemporary World Issues (approved topic)
• Topics in History (approved topic)
• Topics in European History (approved topic)
• Topics in French Literature and Film
• Business French
• Topics in French Cultural Studies
Students will choose 18 hours from the following courses to complete the 36 hours required for the major.
• Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures
• Topics in French Literature and Film (topics must vary; 6 hours maximum)
• Topics in French Cultural Studies (topics must vary; 12 hours maximum)
• Topics in French Language and Linguistics (topics must vary; 12 hours maximum)
V. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VI. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
As a BA in French major, you can sharpen your French skills, explore your career interests and realize your dreams of international travel by participating in an internship abroad. Our students have worked in French schools, an English Language Library and the City Hall Department of International Relations in Angers, France. An internship experience is an excellent addition to your global résumé and can give you a distinct advantage for graduate school or bilingual careers.