Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in French (WLFR)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0101

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Description

The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration: Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French, French International Studies and Business, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish International Studies and Business, or may combine two concentrations (36 credit hours: 6 credit hours major core and 15 credit hours per concentration; the French International Studies and Business and the Spanish International Studies and Business concentrations are excluded). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to interact and participate in a global environment.

Concentration Description

The undergraduate concentration in French offers solid academic and practical training in the language, literature, and culture of France and the French-speaking world in an engaged, full-immersion environment. Students have the opportunity to attain an advanced level of French with regard to comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Successful students become conversant in many of the major issues, past and present, relating to French and Francophone cultures, literatures, and civilizations. French graduates are attractive to employers in numerous fields, in addition to graduate and professional schools. USF alumni in French may be found in such professions as education, business, foreign service, politics, law and health.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an 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 a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students should demonstrate proficiency by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level per State Mandated Common Prerequisites (see https://dlss.flvc.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=4f8695e3-1adc-4631-9e89-9c26fc145b54). This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level.

Total Major Hours: 33 Hours

Major Core Courses - 6 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 24-63 Hours

Students must select one of the following concentrations:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French
  • French International Studies and Business
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish International Studies and Business

Concentration Core

Recommended Language Preparation

Four semesters or equivalent language competency prior to taking courses in the concentration.

Concentration Core Courses - 27 Hours

Student chooses nine courses from the following list of courses:

  • FRE 2201 French IV
  • FRE 2240 Intermediate Spoken French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 2241 Spoken French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 3234 Reading in French Literature and Culture
  • FRE 3420 Written French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 3440 French for Business
  • FRE 3500 French Civilization
  • FRE 3502 The Francophone World: A Global Culture
  • FRE 4421 Advanced Written French in Cultural Context
  • FRE 4471 Advanced Overseas Study
  • FRE 4700 French Linguistics
  • FRE 4930 Selected Topics (with prior approval of the advisor)
  • FRT 3001 Great French Love Stories in Translation (taught in English)
  • FRT 3140 French Literary Masterpieces in English Translation (taught in English)
  • FRW 4100 The French Novel
  • FRW 4101 Introduction to French Drama and Poetry

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Students may choose only one FRT prefixed course (taught in English) to count toward the concentration requirements.

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