French, B.A.


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

French Major

1. Major requirements (30-44 units)
(see Advising Notes 1, 2, and 3 below)

Lower division (14 units)
FREN 1AFREN 1B; select two from FREN 2AFREN 2BFREN 4FREN 5 (see Advising Notes 3 and 4)

Upper division (30 units)
FREN 103 (6 units)
FREN 109 (3 units)
Select three from FREN 110FREN 111FREN 112FREN 113 (9 units)
Select four from FREN 120T (3-6 units), FREN 132 (3-6 units), FREN 149FREN 150FREN 160T (3 units) (see Advising Note 2) (12 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)*

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)**

* This total indicates that two courses (6 units) in G.E. Breadth C2 will be applied to the French major: FREN 1B, 2A, and 2B. Consult a French major advisor for additional details.

** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements.   See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses in the French major.
  2. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in each upper-division course used toward the French major.
  3. French majors who have studied French in high school or who by culture or experience can speak French at a certain level of proficiency must consult with a French advisor to determine which required lower-division courses, if any, may be waived. (Also see Credit Allowance in Foreign Language.) French majors who are eligible to enroll immediately in FREN 1B, 2A, 2B, 4, 5, or in an upper-division French course are not required to make up the lower-division units waived. Waiver of required units for the major does not reduce the total number of units required for the awarding of the bachelor's degree.
  4. Only 3 units of courses taught in English may be applied to the French major.


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Bachelor of Arts in French

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