French Studies

Bachelor of Arts in French Studies A Majors Abroad Program

This Majors Abroad Program (MAP) has an interdisciplinary focus on politics, history, international relations, and French language and culture.

The Major in French Studies requires the student to spend two semesters abroad in France, at the American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) and the Alliance Française or at Hollins University in Paris. 

If due to extenuating circumstances a student cannot study abroad for the required year to complete the MAP, a petition may be submitted for an Individualized Major, which would include only one semester abroad. This petition must be submitted by the beginning of the student's junior year to the Academic Adviser for Individualized Majors in the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, for review by that Adviser and the UAPC Chair.

Requirements for the B.A. in French Studies 

1. Glenside – Requirement for French Studies Major

Before departing, between the freshman and the sophomore years, four classes or 20 credits from the following courses in French:

  • FR 202 Intermediate French Language and Culture (4 credits)
  • FR 203 or 204 French Conversation (4 credits)
  • FR 214 Readings in French (4 credits)
  • FR 226 French through Cinema (4 credits)
  • FR 285 Topics in French (4 credits)

2. Paris – Two Semesters

In order to study abroad, students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 before departing.  Before departing, students must contact the adviser in French, in Glenside, to select courses.

3. Glenside – Senior Year

  • FR 490 French Senior Thesis I (4 credits Fall)
  • FR 491 French Senior Thesis II (2 credits Spring)

4. One departmental course in linguistics taught in English (4 credits)


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