Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages - French

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

Language majors and minors 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 students in areas that they might use for further employment.

Career Opportunities

Because Modern Language majors develop numerous transferable career skills, they can pursue a surprising variety of occupations:

  • Magazine Publishing
  • Library WorkBook Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Intelligence Research
  • Teaching
  • Public Service
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Business, Multinational Corporations
  • Government, Military Service
  • Airline Industry
  • Retail Management
  • Communications
  • Disneyland Paris and Florida
  • Travel Agencies
  • Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospitality Industry

Why Study French?

Now more than ever before, knowledge of a second language can prove invaluable to the student and graduate. Mastery of a second language is useful in almost any career and may provide a career in itself. In addition, such knowledge aids understanding of and participation in world events because it accompanies an immersion in the cultural and historical background of that nation's people.

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 with its emphasis on ways of knowing, and the more specialized study within the major:

  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 nine hours of advanced courses.
  5. Academic Electives: 15 hours, including at least nine hours of advanced courses.

With Teacher Certification

Students wishing to certify with French as the primary teaching field should major in the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages/French concentration.

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

Students majoring in ML/French with Teacher Certification do not need to have a minor. In addition, these students must complete FREN 4350 – Teaching Methods EC-6 and FREN 4360 – Teaching Methods 6-12. These students 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

Students who wish to minor in French 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.