BA in French

The French Major consists of five levels of courses: Foundations, Gateway, Exploration, Discovery, and Mastery.  Students have the choice between two major emphases:

  1. Language, Literatures, and Cultures (all courses taught in French)
  2. French and Francophone Studies (courses taught in English beyond FREN 302).

Major Emphasis 1: Language, Literatures, and Cultures

This track is for students who may want to enroll in a graduate program in French at some point in their studies or who are interested in achieving a high competency in the French language.  Its focus is on the progressive development of the ability to communicate in French and to appreciate the world from a different perspective than one’s own. Courses are taught in French.

Units

38 Units: 8 units at the 200-level (201; 202) and 30 units at the 300- and 400-levels

  • ARequirements
    All French majors in this emphasis must complete all courses listed here (26 credits)

      • FREN 201 Intermediate French 1 (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 202 Intermediate French 2 (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 301 Pronunciation and Conversation (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 302 Grammar, Usage, and Composition (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 310 Spoken French in Cultural Context (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 320 Written French in Cultural Context (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 410 Film and Fiction (or 457 AZ PARIS)
      • FREN 420 Cultural History (or 425 AZ PARIS)
  • BElectives
    Classes taught in French. Choose one of the following options (9 credits)

    • Generalist
      Any three classes listed below

    • French Literature and Culture

      • FREN 440/540 Topics in French Literature
      • FREN 442/542 French Narratives and Film
      • FREN 444/544 Topics in French Culture
    • Francophone Studies

      • FREN 443/543 Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
      • FREN 445/545 Francophone Cultures and Traditions
      • FREN 447/547 Topics in Francophone Studies
    • Business French

      • FREN 433 Business French I
      • FREN 434 Business French II
      • FREN 432/532 French Translation OR FREN 463 Interpretation (432 pre-req)
    • French Linguistics

      • FREN 432/532 French Translation
      • FREN 461a/561a French Linguistics
      • FREN 467/567 Topics in French Linguistics
  • CSenior Capstone Portfolio

    • FREN 498 Senior Capstone (3 credits)

Study abroad and internships also available (check with your adviser)

Major Emphasis 2: French and Francophone Studies

This track allows students with wide-ranging interests in French and Francophone Studies to complete a French major without taking all of their courses in French as in track 1. After completing core requirements in French language, students take courses in French and Francophone Studies that are taught in English. (38 Units)

  • ARequirements
    All French majors in this emphasis must complete all courses listed here (14 credits)

      • FREN 201 Intermediate French 1 (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 202 Intermediate French 2 (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 301 Pronunciation and Conversation (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 302 Grammar, Usage, and Composition (or credit equiv. or AP credits)
      • FREN 301 and 302 can be taken as part of our summer program Arizona in Paris
  • BElectives
    Classes taught in English (21 credits; 12 of these credits must be at the 300-/400-level)

      • FREN 230 French Culture (online)
      • FREN/ITAL 231 Fashion in France and Italy (online)
      • FREN 245 African Literature in Translation
      • FREN 249 Images of Africa
      • FREN 280 Introduction to French Language, Linguistics and Culture
      • FREN 282 The French Novel and Society (online)
      • FREN 283 Existentialism and the Absurd
      • FREN 284 French Theater in Translation
      • FREN/HIST 325 History of France
      • FREN 373 US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures  (online)
      • FREN 374 The Politics of Protest in Africa and the Diaspora
      • FREN 375 Franco-American Relations (online)
      • FREN 461a/561a French Linguistics
      • FREN 467/567 Topics in French Linguistics
      • FREN 473 Contemporary French Cinema
      • AFAS 314 Caribbean Literature (online)
      • AFAS 345 Caribbean Politics
      • AFAS 423 Topics in Caribbean Culture, Literature, and Identity
      • HIST 419 The French Enlightenment
      • HIST 420 The French Revolution and Napoleon
      • MENA 407 Business Environment in the Middle East and North Africa
      • MENA 417A North African Societies: Histories, Culture, and Politics
  • CSenior Capstone Portfolio

    • FREN 498 Senior Capstone (3 credits, online)

Accelerated Master's Program

Qualified undergraduates now have the option of beginning coursework toward the Master of Arts during their last year of undergraduate studies. They can complete their M.A. during a fifth year at the University of Arizona. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Phyllis Taoua (taoua@email.arizona.edu) for more information. 

Accelerated Master's Program


Minor

23 units past the 102 level, including FREN 201, 202, 301, 302, 310, 320 and either 410 or 420, or credit equivalent.

Other Courses Available

General Education Tier 1 (Taught in English; only fulfills the Tier I requirement)

  • FREN 160A1 The French Speaking World

General Education Tier 2 (Taught in English; for which courses may apply to your major, please see your advisor)

  • FREN 245 African Literature in Translation
  • FREN 249 Images of Africa
  • FREN 280 Introduction to French Language, Linguistics, and Culture
  • FREN 284 French Theatre in Translation
  • FREN 373 US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
  • FREN 375 Franco-American Relations

For information on General Education and overall degree requirements associated with majors offered by the College of Humanities, please visit the following link: http://advising.humanities.arizona.edu/undergraduate-degree-requirements

UA Summer Research Institute

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is one of five undergraduate research programs administered by The University of Arizona (UA) Graduate College. These programs, are collectively known as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC). All are designed to prepare underrepresented students for the rigors of graduate school and to give them the skills and motivation to apply.  UROC programs work together to provide the best research training and graduate school preparation possible for all participants.  SRI is open to juniors and seniors of all disciplines.

Program Attributes

  • 10 weeks (June -August)
  • Financial award of $3000
  • Six-units of upper-division undergraduate course credit
  • Coursework on organizing, writing, and presenting on research
  • Workshops on public speaking skills, preparation for the GRE, and crafting a successful graduate school application
  • Cohort of like-minded students whose goal is to pursue master's and Ph.D. degrees

SRI Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors
  • Enrollment during the previous year in an accredited four year university or a community college
  • US Citizen, permanent resident, or refugee status
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above     
  • Successful completion of 85 semester credits toward a bachelor's degree

Application

The UROC application serves the SRI applicants and it can be found here. The deadline is February 1.  For more information contact Donna Treloar at dtreloar@email.arizona.edu, 520-621-7808

 

Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest in French. There are many benefits of majoring in French.

Declare a major or minor in one of the following ways:

In Person

Meet in person with a faculty advisor or make an appointment with the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

Schedule an Appointment

Online Form

Complete the online Major/Minor declaration form (NetID required). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

Declare Major/Minor Online Form

Download Form

Download the Major/Minor declaration form. You can scan and email the completed form to Stephanie Topete at stopetee@email.arizona.edu or deliver it to her at Learning Services Building #203 (1512 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85721). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

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