French Major

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French Minor

French majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in French at graduation. Only French courses taken at Allegheny on a letter-grade basis are included in the GPA calculation; for repeated courses, only most recent grade is included. Only French 600 may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. Courses taken in an approved program abroad may count for the major and minor.


A major in French leads to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts through the completion of a minimum of 42 semester credit hours in French, including:

FSMLG 201 - Academic Communication in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (see the "Modern and Classical Languages" section for course description). Double majors meeting their FS 201 requirement through another major should consult with their French major advisor.
FRNCH 305 - Advanced Skills through Local and Global Communities 16 additional credits numbered 300 or above, with a minimum of 8 of these taken in residence at Allegheny College from among the following:
FRNCH 301 - French Society and Culture
FRNCH 302 - Francophone Societies and Culture
FRNCH 306 - Translating Language and Culture
FRNCH 310 - From Romance to Revolution
FRNCH 320 - The Avant-Garde
FRNCH 330 - "The Empire Writes Back"
FRNCH 360 - Stories and Storytelling
FRNCH 365 - Health, Illness, and Bodies
FRNCH 370 - Writing and Public Life
FRNCH 375 - Back to Nature: French Culture and its Environment
FRNCH 380 - Laïcité: State-Secularism and Religion à la française


French majors who spend one semester abroad may complete up to 16 credits toward the major abroad, including not more than 8 credits toward the 300-level elective requirement. For those majors who spend a year abroad, please consult with the French Section Head. Students planning to study in France are encouraged (but not required) to take FRNCH 301 before departure. Students planning to study in Morocco or Senegal are encouraged (but not required) to take FRNCH 302 before departure. 

Depending on initial placement, students may also need to take FRNCH 110 (or FRNCH 105 and FRNCH 106 , FRNCH 120FRNCH 215 and/or FRNCH 225  to complete the major.

Students double-majoring in French and International Studies or otherwise focusing on contemporary society or politics should prioritize FRNCH 301FRNCH 302, FRNCH 370 and/or FRNCH 380 in selecting their 300-level courses.

Students intending to pursue graduate study in French should consult with the French faculty for assistance in selecting an appropriate variety of 300-level courses.



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