Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


French (FRE)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0901

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

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

Major Core

The Core of the French major is composed of courses which promote all skills language and cultural proficiency. 

Major Core Courses - 15 Hours

  • FRE 2240 Intermediate Spoken French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 3420 Written French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 3234 Reading in French Literature and Culture
  • FRW 4100 The French Novel
  • FRW 4101 Introduction to French Drama and Poetry

Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

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, French Civilization, Advanced Written French in Cultural Context, Renaissance Literature: Art and War, French Linguistics, French Phonetics, French Translation, The Francophone World: A Global Culture, African and Caribbean Literatures, Quebec Literature, Medieval Literature, Classical Drama, Classical Prose and Poetry, and more. 

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

French Civilization (FRE 3500) is the capstone course for the French major, which must be taken as one of the elective courses. FRT 3140 French Masterpieces in English and FRT 3001 Great French Love Stories both count for the Writing Intensive Requirement. Note that French majors are only allowed 3 credits in French Literature in Translation (FRT courses).

Major Residency Requirement

The French major has no residency requirement other than that of USF and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Major Other Requirements

The French major strongly encourages Study Abroad and provides advice on the same. USF World offers several programs in France and Francophone countries, sometimes led by our faculty.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities are plentiful, since our French faculty are all prolific researchers and guide students in research in classes. We also encourage students to take advantage of university-wide opportunities through Undergraduate Research and our department, World Languages, holds an annual WLE Research Colloquium at which both graduate and undergraduate students present their research. 

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. 

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

The French faculty works with the WLE advisor to optimize student success.

Yury Riascos, languagesadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler; Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), G.A. Brulotte (French), M. Camara (Spanish), V.E. Peppard (Russian), C.M. Probes (French), S.K. Schindler (German); Associate Professors: C.J. Cano (Spanish), M. Grieb (German), I. Kantzios (Classics), A. Latowsky (French), P. La Trecchia (Italian), E. Manolaraki (Classics), H. Scharm (Spanish), E. Shepherd (Chinese), K. Simeon-Jones (French), A. Thompson (Linguistics), C. Vasquez (Linguistics), W. Zhu (Linguistics); Assistant Professors: D. Arbesu (Spanish), M.H. Chiang (Chinese), A. Huensch (Linguistics), X. Qin (Chinese), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), F. Colleoni (Italian), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), S. Huber (German), M. Manzur-Leiva (Spanish), M. Nozu (Japanese), A. Oh (Classics), O. Oleynik (Russian), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).

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