French Major

Thirty (30) semester hours numbered above 2999 are required, including (1) FRE 3420, 3421, 3780 (or 4410), 4422; (2) two out of three from the series FRW 3100, FRW 3101, FRE 3501; (3) three additional 4000-level courses (nine [9] semester hours), at least two of which (six [6] semester hours) must be in

Literatures, Cultures and/or Societies of French Expression. One 3000-4000 level elective will complete the requirements. Note that FRE 2220 does not count toward the major.

Students are also strongly advised to take courses from the series FRW 3100-3101, FRE 3501 concurrently with the grammar/composition sequence FRE 3420-3421.

Please note: a) A minimum of C- is required for every course taken for the major. b) A minor of at least twelve (12) hours is required for any major in modern languages, including French.

French Majors are eligible for the Winthrop-King summer scholarships to Paris in partial fulfillment of the above-stated requirements. French majors are encouraged to study in Francophone countries. Pre-approved credits earned in study abroad programs are readily transferable to Florida State University.

Below is a list of core courses in the major. Starred (*) courses may not be taken by native French speakers. Please check your FSU GENERAL BULLETIN for a full description of the following courses and list of specific course prerequisites!

Three hours of course credit can double count toward both the major in the language and Liberal Studies requirements.

Major in French with a Concentration in Business

It is possible to complete a major in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese with a concentration in business. A major in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish with a concentration in business consists of twenty-one semester hours in the language beyond the language requirement plus fifteen approved semester hours of core business courses and twelve approved semester hours in a specialized track of marketing, management, or finance in the College of Business.


Twenty-one (21) semester hours in French courses numbered above 1999, selected in consultation with the French advisor, plus twenty-one (21) semester hours above the 1999 level in one of the following divisions: French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. The student should consult with the advisor of the second language to select appropriate courses. One second year course must be used to satisfy the College or University language requirement. A minimum of C- is required for every course taken for the Co-Major. A Co-Major in French and Another Foreign Language does NOT require a minor.

Majors in French and Francophone Studies are eligible for the Ada Belle Winthrop-King summer scholarships to Paris in partial fulfillment of the above-stated requirements.

Core Courses for the French Major:

  • FRE 3420 French Grammar & Composition I
  • FRE 3421 French Grammar & Composition II
  • FRW 3100 Survey of French Literature I: Early-Modern France
  • FRW 3101 Survey of French Literature II: Modern France
  • FRE 3501 Contemporary France
  • FRE 3780 Phonetics: Theoretical and Applied
  • FRE 4422 Advanced Grammar & Composition

Other Language Courses:

  • FRE 3244 Intermediate French Conversation
  • FRE 3440 Commercial French
  • FRE 4410 Advanced Conversation* (can be used as substitute for FRE 3780)
*Satisfies University Oral Competency

Literatures, Cultures and/or Societies of French Expression:

Courses taught in French
  • FRW 4420 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • FRW 4433 17th & 18th Century Literature
  • RW 4460 19th Century Literature
  • FRW 4480 20th Century Literature
  • FRW 4740 French Literature of Quebec
  • FRW 4761 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRW 4770 Francophone Caribbean/African Cultures
  • FRE 4930 Special Topics. Topics vary.
Courses taught in English
  • FRT 3140 Masterworks of French Literature in Translation
  • FRT 3561 French Women Writers
  • FRT 3520r. French Cinema
  • FRE 4930 Special Topics. Topics vary
  • FOW 3240 Literature and Sexuality
  • FOW 4540 Franco-American Cultural Wars
Modern Languages Undergraduate Bulletin (via Registrar's site)


At the 3000 level and above, some French courses are taught in French while others are taught in English. Depending on the language in which students write their assignments, courses taught in English may count towards Major or Minor programs as follows:

French courses taught in English with written work done in English may not count towards the Major. Any number of 3000 and 4000 level French courses taught in English with the written work done in French may count towards the Major.

Students in the French co-major may take one single course taught in English with written work done in English to satisfy the requirements of the French part of the co-major.

Students in the French with a concentration in Business major may take one single course taught in English with written work done in English to satisfy the requirements of the major.

Before enrolling on French courses taught in English, students should check the course description to ensure that they can present their written work in the language of their choice and that this language meets the requirements of their Major or Minor program. Students should also obtain in advance the agreement of the course instructor concerning the language in which they will submit their work. Those who have not yet completed FRE 2220 (and preferably also FRE 3420) should be aware that they are likely to find it very challenging to do the written work in French for 3000-level courses in Literature, Culture and Civilization; they should also be aware that weak French could adversely affect their grade. This matter should be thoroughly discussed with the course instructor before the end of the drop-add period. In the case of Comparative courses taught in English bearing FOW course numbers, students wishing to take such a course for major or minor credit in French must enroll under a FRE tutorial number rather than under the FOW course number; the course undergraduate adviser will provide further information.

French Majors are encouraged to take selected courses offered by the French program that do not count toward the major, to satisfy university requirements such as the Liberal Studies. Courses to consider include French Cinema, Literature and Sexuality, and French Women Writers.

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