200 Million Speakers. 68 Countries. 5 Continents. French!

The Bachelor of Arts in French at St. Edward’s allows you to connect with the broader world in a language spoken by millions.

French students at St. Edward’s are equipped with a broad knowledge of the Francophone world and prepare students for a variety of careers. We offer language courses for students at all levels along with seminars on Francophone literature, film, and culture. Over the course of your studies as a French major, you will …

 

 

 

  • Gain proficiency and fluency in a language
  • Hone your critical thinking and writing skills
  • Be able to study abroad with our partner school in Angers, France - the Université Catholique de l’Ouest
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Francophone culture

French is the official language of 30 countries worldwide. French and English are the two working languages of the United Nations, giving speakers of both languages an enormous advantage there. French is the language of key cities in the European Union such as Brussels, Paris and Geneva. It is also crucial for aid and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the French-speaking world from Africa to the Caribbean.

This major is part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in French requires 36 hours of French major courses, which include a combination of courses in language, grammar, history, etc. Of those 36 hours, 15 hours are of Required courses (Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator), 6 hours from a set list of courses, and 15 from another set list of courses. See degree plan.

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.

General Education Requirements: The French degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.

View and download the full degree plan for our French major (PDF).

A few examples of courses students in this major take:             

  • Introduction to the Culture of France – This serves as an introduction to the contemporary culture of France and the historical development of cultural norms, customs and popular and fine arts of the French people.
  • Francophone Africa –  Students in this class study literary and cinematic representations of identity, gender, family dynamics, education, and social (in)justice as they impact (post)-colonial Francophone Africa.
  • Immigration and Identity in Francophone Cinema – This course explores the challenges associated with immigration and identity in cinematic productions from France, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon and Quebec.

Faculty

 

My research interests encompass Enlightenment French literature, contemporary French culture and film, and teaching French at all levels in a communicative environment that is designed to prepare students for immersion experiences via study abroad.

– Philippe M. Seminet, Chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Associate Professor of French​

Join our classes and explore Francophone cultures with a focus on current events, immigration and identity, education, family, gender, and societal dynamics through authentic documents, films and contemporary texts.

– Florina Matu, Assistant Professor of French

Outside the Classroom

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.

The Francophone Food Festival

Held every fall, the Francophone Food Festival allows students to sample delicious dishes from all over the Francophone world prepared by their peers. This allows the students to gain a stronger bond within the French department as well as welcome others who are interested in the language and culture.

Mardi Gras Masked Ball

In the spring, students are invited to dance and enjoy New Orleans-style cuisine at the Mardi Gras Masked Ball. The ball acts as a celebration of what is known as "Fat Tuesday," the day before Ash Wednesday when people commonly begin to fast.

Alumni and Outcomes

Our recent graduates have entered a wide range of professional roles. Several have pursued graduate degrees, both in the United States and abroad.

Our graduates are working in:

  • Government
  • Business Development
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Managment

Many students expand their job possibilities through graduate study in related disciplines. Advanced degrees are required to become a licensed psychologist or teach at the college level.

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

About the Minor

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:

  • FREN 2311 French III 
  • FREN 2312 French IV 
  • FREN 2325 Reading and Listening Comprehension  OR  FREN 2326 Practical Conversation
  • FREN 3335 Advanced Composition and Conversation I

Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator.

Choose six hours from the following courses:

  • CULF 3331 Contemporary World Issues (approved topic)
  • HIST 3320 European History: Reformation Through 1900
  • FREN 3331 Topics in French Literature and Film
  • FREN 3332 Survey of French History
  • FREN 3334 Business French
  • FREN 3337 Topics in French Cultural Studies
  • FREN 3339 Topics in French Language and Linguistics
  • FREN 4350 Internship

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.