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 or the Boston University program in Paris 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 225 - Exploring Genre: Poems, Prose, Plays
FRNCH 301 - Contemporary French Society and Culture
FRNCH 305 - Advanced Composition and Conversation

One of the Following Topics Courses:

Must be taken at Allegheny College:

FRNCH 350 - Comedy and Tragedy
FRNCH 360 - Stories and Storytelling
FRNCH 370 - Writing and Society

An additional course in French numbered 300 or above


French majors who spend one semester abroad may complete up to 16 credits toward the major abroad, including not more than one 300-level literature and culture course. 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.

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

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