French is a truly global language, the official or second language in over 40 countries worldwide and an important tool in business and diplomacy. Our faculty offer a large variety of courses including literature and culture across genres, centuries, and geographical regions. Our faculty, a good mix of French and American scholars, are attentive and our students are close-knit. The placement record for our students is impressive, including graduates who continue to obtain advanced degrees, teachers in public and private schools including in IB programs, or even abroad in institutions such as the École Normale Supérieure in France; others apply their French to international law, business, politics, federal government jobs and to writing novels recognized by The New York Times.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
To complete a major in French, students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at a Florida College System institution, it must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.
Total Major Hours: 33 Hours
The Core of the French major is composed of courses which promote all skills language and cultural proficiency.
Students should take 18 hours in 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level courses planned with an advisor. Depending on semester offerings, these courses include a wide variety of possibilities, such as Business French, Culture and Civilization, Renaissance Literature: Art and War, French Linguistics, French Phonetics, French Translation, The Francophone World, African and Caribbean Literatures, Quebec Literature, Medieval Literature, Classical Drama, Classical Prose and Poetry, and more.
Optional Honors Program
French encourages talented students to apply to USF's Honors Program and often works with that program directing honors theses and participating in other events. French encourages talented students to apply to USF's Honors Program and often works with that program directing honors theses and participating in other events.
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This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.