200 Million Speakers, 68 Countries, 5 Continents

If you're looking to connect with the broader world, French is great place to start. 

Courses in French language and Francophone literature and culture at St. Edward’s are designed to help students reach proficiency in language, hone their critical thinking and writing skills, and reach their post-graduate goals. We offer language courses for students at all levels along with seminars on Francophone literature, film, and culture.

Our Major and Minor equip students with a broad knowledge of the Francophone world and prepare students for a variety of careers. French speakers are needed in a wide range of fields, including business, medicine, and marketing. In fact, French has recently been more in demand than Spanish for jobs with the U.S. State Department!

Outside the Classroom

In addition to French Club activities, students of French host two regular events on campus. The Francophone Food Festival, held every fall, always students to sample delish dishes from all over the Francophone world prepared by their peers. In the spring, students are invited and dance and enjoy New Orleans-style cuisine at the Mardi Gras Masked Ball.

 

About the Major and Minor

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in French

Required Courses

Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator.

FREN 2311 French III (3 hrs)

FREN 2312 French IV  (3 hrs)

FREN 2325 Reading and Listening Comprehension (3 hrs)

FREN 2326 Practical Conversation (3 hrs)

FREN 3335 Advanced Composition and Conversation I (3 hrs)

 

Choose six hours from the following courses:

CULF 3331 Contemporary World Issues (approved topic)  (3 hrs)

HIST 2313 The French Revolution (3 hrs)

HIST 2349 Topics (approved topic) (3 hrs)

HIST 3320 European History: Reformation Through 1900  (3 hrs)

FREN 3331 Topics in French and Francophone Literature and Film (3 hrs)

FREN 3334 Business French  (3 hrs)

FREN 3337 Topics in French and Francophone Cultural Studies (3 hrs)

FREN 4350 Internship (3 hrs)

 

Electives

Students will choose 15 hours from the following courses to complete the 36 hours required for the major. A maximum of six hours can be taken through FREN 3331 with different topics. A maximum of 9 hours can be taken through FREN 3337 or FREN 3339 with different topics.

 

CLLC 3199–3399 Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures  (1–3 hrs)

FREN 3331 Topics in French Literature and Film (topics must vary; 6 hrs max)

FREN 3332 Survey of French History (3 hrs)

FREN 3337 Topics in French Cultural Studies (topics must vary; 9 hrs max)

FREN 3339 Topics in French Language and Linguistics (topics must vary; 9 hrs max)

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS                                                                                36 hrs

 

Requirements for a Minor in French

Students will complete 18 hours of French courses. At least six hours towards the minor must be taken in residence at St. Edward’s University. An additional six hours must be taken at St. Edward’s or in approved study-abroad programs. At least nine of the hours taken abroad or in residence must be upper-division or represent courses in the language beyond the intermediate level. 

 

Required Courses

Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator.

FREN 2311 French III (3 hrs)

FREN 2312 French IV (3 hrs)

FREN 2325 Reading and Listening Comprehension    OR

FREN 2326 Practical Conversation (3 hrs)

FREN 3335 Advanced Composition and Conversation I (3 hrs)

 

Choose six hours from the following courses:

CULF 3331Contemporary World Issues (approved topic)  (3 hrs)

HIST 3320 European History: Reformation Through 1900 (3 hrs)

FREN 3331 Topics in French Literature and Film (3 hrs)

FREN 3332 Survey of French History (3 hrs)

FREN 3334 Business French (3 hrs)

FREN 3337 Topics in French Cultural Studies (3 hrs)

FREN 3339 Topics in French Language and Linguistics (3 hrs)

FREN 4350 Internship  (3 hrs)

TOTAL MINOR HOURS                                                       18 hrs

Study Abroad

Students of French are encouraged to take advantage of our flagship partner university, Université Catholique de l'Ouest. Located in Angers, France, Université Catholique de l'Ouest has 12,000 students from over 60 countries. The university offers courses in a wide variety of fields and St. Edward's sends its own faculty to teach courses on subjects from literature and culture to ecology and economics! St. Edward's students can study in Angers for the summer, semester or academic year.

Looking for something else? Students of French at St. Edward's can choose to study in French in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco, Madacascar, Cameroon or Senegal! These programs range in focus from langauge and literature to biodiversity to global business. To find an option that's right for you, use the link here to search the globe for an approved program.