Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages - French

Our department is committed to fostering a sound liberal arts academic experience and preparing you to meet the educational, professional and cultural needs of the region.

You will be well equipped to deal with professional demands of many jobs, as they are good communicators and have been trained to think analytically and interact effectively with people. To help with these occupational goals, our department tries to provide paid training for you in areas that you might use for further employment.

Why Study French?

Now more than ever before, knowledge of a second language can prove invaluable to you. Mastery of a second language is useful and may provide a career in itself. 

Undergraduate Programs of Study


Teacher Certification


Core Curriculum

LU Core Curriculum (a set of undergraduate courses that all freshmen/sophomores take)

Bachelor of Arts – Modern Languages/French concentration (120 hours)

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/French concentration combines general requirements, including the core curriculum: 

  1. Core curriculum and college requirements, 45 hours.
  2. Academic Foundation Requirements, 6 hours: Three additional hours from ENGL 3330 or 3332, HIST 4310 or HIST 4324
  3. ML/French concentration major, 33 hours: FREN 1311 and 1312 (Beginning French I and II), FREN 2311 and 2312 (Intermediate French I and II), FREN 3300 (French Conversation), FREN 3370 (Advanced Grammar and Composition), FREN 3380 (French Phonetics), FREN 3390 (French Culture and Civilization), three advanced (3000-or 4000-level) French courses, one of which must be at the 4000 level.
  4. Minor: 18 hours, including at least 9 hours of advanced courses.
  5. Academic electives: 15 hours, including at least 9 hours of advanced courses.

With Teacher Certification

If you are wishing to certify with French, you should major in the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages/French concentration.

If you are receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/French concentration with a Teaching Certification, you must take the same core curriculum and departmental foundations outlined in Bachelor of Arts-ML/French and similar major studies.

If you are majoring in Modern Languages/French concentration with Teacher Certification, you do not need to have a minor. In addition, you must complete FREN 4350 – Teaching Methods EC-6 and FREN 4360 – Teaching Methods 6-12. You must also complete all required courses in professional pedagogy, including student teaching, must comply with all current departmental/university and state preparation/remediation policies and must pass appropriate local and state qualifying examinations.

Minor in French

If you wish to minor in French, you must take 18 hours beyond FREN 1311, including the following (no grade less than “C”):

  • FREN 1312 Beginning French II.
  • FREN 2311 Intermediate French I.
  • FREN 2312 Intermediate French II.
  • 9 hours Advanced (3000-or 4000-level) French Electives.