Major

To earn a major in French, students must complete 30 semester credit hours, or 10 3-credit-hour courses, in French at the 3000 (400) level and above. The number of upper-level courses required for the major (10) is therefore the same as under quarters. Any 5-credit-hour French course taken at the 400 level or above under quarters will be counted toward the major under semesters as a 3-credit-hour course. Students need a grade of at least a C- for a course to count toward the major.

The French major contains five tracks: French Studies, French Language and Literature, French Language and Culture, French for the Professions, and Francophone Studies. The five tracks are flexible enough to accommodate double majors or dual degrees. 

Prerequisites for the French major (all tracks):

1101, 1102, and 1103 or the equivalent (101, 102, 103, and 104 under quarters); and 2101 (201 or 206).

Required courses for the French major:

For students whose first semester at the Ohio State University (any campus) was Autumn 2017 or earlier, the following courses are required for any of the French major tracks:

3101; 4100; and 8 other French courses at the 3000 level and above, at least two of which must be at the 4000 level or above.

With the approval of their advisor, French majors may replace one 3000-level course taught in French (aside from 3101) with a 3-credit course taught in English on a topic dealing with French or Francophone Studies, offered either by FRIT (FR 2801 or FR 3801) or by another program, such as History of Art, African and African-American Studies, or International Studies.

For students whose first semester at Ohio State is Spring 2018 or later, the following courses are required for any of the French major tracks: 

3101; 4100; and 8 other French courses at the 3000 level and above. At least two of these eight courses must be at the 4000 level or above, and at least one more of them must be at the 5000 level. In other words, students must complete:

• 6 courses at the 3000 level or above, including 3101, plus
• 3 courses at the 4000 level or above, including 4100, plus at least 1 course at the 5000-level

With the approval of their advisor, French majors may replace one 3000-level course taught in French (aside from 3101) with a 3-credit course taught in English on a topic dealing with French or Francophone Studies, offered either by FRIT (FR 2801 or FR 3801) or by another program, such as History of Art, African and African-American Studies, or International Studies.


French Studies Track 

A) Basic Courses:

The following two courses are required of all majors:

3101  French Grammar Review (may be taken concurrently with French 2101) 3 hrs.

4100 Advanced French Grammar (student must take at least two 3 hrs. other courses beyond 3101 before taking 4100)

Choose one of the following:

2801 Classics of French Cinema (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

3401  Introduction to Contemporary France 3 hrs.

3402  Introduction to Francophone Cultures 3 hrs.

3801  French-American Culture Wars (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

Choose at least three of the following:

3102  French Pronunciation and Performance 3 hrs.

3103  Intermediate French Conversation 3 hrs.

3201  French Literary  and Visual Texts 3 hrs.

3202  Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

3403  Topics in French Speaking Cultures (repeatable to 6 hrs.) 3 hrs.

3501  Introduction to French for the Professions 3 hrs.

3701  Introduction to French Cinema 3 hrs.

Choose at least two of the following:

4501  Advanced French for the Professions 3 hrs.

5102  Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

5103  French Translation and Interpretation 3 hrs.

5104 Old Occitan 3 hrs.

5105 Old French 3 hrs.
 

5201  Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5202  Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5203  Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5204  World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5205  Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5206  North Africa: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5207  Quebec: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5401  The Sun King to World War I 3 hrs.

5402  The Roaring 20’s to the 21st Century 3 hrs.

5403  Topics in French Speaking Cultures and Literatures (repeatable to 6 hrs) 1-5 hrs.

5701  Topics in French and Francophone Cinema 3 hrs.

B) Additional Culture, Language, Literature, and Film Courses:

3301  Discovering Second Language Acquisition (in English) 3 hrs.

4053  French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (in English) 3 hrs.

4401 Topics in French and Francophone Studies 3 hrs.

5051  The Romance Languages (in English) 3 hrs.

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema (in English) 3 hrs.

C) Other available courses:

*3797  Intermediate Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs) 1-15 hrs.

*4101.01  Advanced French for the Professions: STEM 1-9 hrs.

*4102.01  Advanced French for the Professions: Humanities 1-9 hrs.

*4103.01  Advanced French for the Professions: Business 1-9 hrs.

*4797  Advanced Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs) 1-15 hrs.

*4998  UG Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999  UG Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4998H  Honors Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999H  Honors Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*Consultation with your advisor is required before using any of these asterisked courses for the major.

D) Extra-Departmental Courses:

Students may choose, in consultation with and by permission of the advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours (or joint credit hours in the case of double majors or dual degrees) drawn from a course concerning some aspect of the Francophone world offered by another department. Students should remember, however, that only one course taught in English, whether in this department or another, may be counted toward the major.

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French Language and Literature Track

A) Basic Courses:

The following courses are required of all majors:

3101  French Grammar Review (may be taken concurrently with French 2101) 3 hrs.

4100 Advanced French Grammar (student must take at least two 3 hrs. other courses beyond 3101 before taking 4100)

Choose at least one of the following:

2801 Classics of French Cinema (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

3401  Introduction to Contemporary France 3 hrs.

3402  Introduction to Francophone Cultures 3 hrs.

3801  French-American Culture Wars (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

The following two courses are required:

3201  French Literary and Visual Texts 3 hrs.

3202  Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

B) Advanced Literature Courses (choose at least two of the following):

5201  Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5202  Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5203  Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts 3hrs.

5204  World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5205  Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Context 3 hrs.

5206  North Africa: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5207  Quebec: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

C) Culture and Film Courses (choose at least one of the following):

3403  Topics in French Speaking Cultures (repeatable to 6 hours) 3 hrs.

3701  Introduction to French Cinema 3 hrs.

5401  The Sun King to World War I 3 hrs.

5402  The Roaring 20’s to the 21st Century 3 hrs.

5403  Topics in French Speaking Cultures and Literatures (repeatable to 6 hrs.) 1-3 hrs.

5701  Topics in French and Francophone Cinema 3 hrs.

D) Additional Culture, Language, Literature, and Film Courses:

3102  French Pronunciation and Performance 3 hrs.

3103  French Conversation 3 hrs.

3301  Discovering Second Language Acquisition (in English) 3 hrs.

4053  French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (in English) 3 hrs.

4401 Topics in French and Francophone Studies 3 hrs.

4501  Advanced French for Professions 3 hrs.

5051  The Romance Languages (in English) 3 hrs.

5102  Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

5103  French Translation and Interpretation 3 hrs.

5104 Old Occitan 3 hrs.

5105 Old French 3 hrs.
 

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema 3 hrs.

E) Other Available Courses:

*3797  Intermediate Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs.) 1-15 hrs.

*4101.01  Advanced French for the Professions: STEM 1-9 hrs.

*4102.01  Advanced French for the Professions: Humanities 1-9 hrs.

*4103.01 Advanced French for the Professions: Business 1-9 hrs.

*4797  Advanced Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs.) 1-15 hrs.

*4998  UG Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999  UG Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4998H  Honors Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999H  Honors Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*Consultation with your advisor is required before using any of these asterisked courses for the major.

D) Extra-Departmental Courses:

Students may choose, in consultation with and by permission of the advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours (or joint credit hours in the case of double majors or dual degrees) drawn from a course concerning some aspect of the Francophone world offered by another department. Students should remember, however, that only one course taught in English, whether in this department or another, may be counted toward the major.

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French Language and Culture Track

A) Basic Courses:

The following courses are required of all majors:

3101  French Grammar Review (may be taken concurrently with 2101) 3 hrs.

4100 Advanced French Grammar (Student must take at least two 3 hrs. other courses beyond 3101 before taking 4100).

Choose at least one of the following:

3401  Introduction to Contemporary France 3 hrs.

3402  Introduction to Francophone cultures 3 hrs.

The following courses are required:

5401  The Sun King to World War I 3 hrs.

5402  The Roaring 20s to the 21st Century 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3201  French Literary and Visual Texts 3 hrs.

3202  Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3102  French Pronunciation and Performance 3 hrs.

3103  French Conversation 3 hrs.

3501  Introduction to French for the Professions 3 hrs.

3701  Introduction to French Cinema 3 hrs.

4303  Topics in French-speaking Cultures 3 hrs.

B) Additional Culture, Language, Literature, and Film Courses:

Choose at least one of the following:

2801 Classics of French Cinema (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

3301  Discovering Second Language Acquisition (in English) 3 hrs.

3801  French-American Culture Wars (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

4053  French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (in English) 3 hrs.

4401 Topics in French and Francophone Studies 3 hrs.

4501  Advanced French for the Professions 3 hrs.

5051  The Romance Languages (in English) 3 hrs.

5102  Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

5103  French Translation and Interpretation 3 hrs.

5104 Old Occitan 3 hrs.

5105 Old French 3 hrs.
 

5201  Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5202  Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5203  Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5204  World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5205  Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5206  North Africa: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5207  Quebec: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5403  Topics in French-Speaking Cultures and Literatures (repeatable to 6 hrs.) 3 hrs.

5701  Topics in French and Francophone Cinema 3 hrs.

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema (in English) 3 hrs.

C) Other Available Courses:

*3797  Intermediate Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs.) 1-15 hrs.

*4101.01  Advanced French for the Professions: STEM 1-9 hrs.

*4102.01  Advanced French for the Professions: Humanities 1-9 hrs.

*4103.01  Advanced French for the Professions: Business 1-9 hrs.

*4797  Advanced Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs.) 1-15 hrs.

*4998  UG Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999  UG Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4998H  Honors Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999H  Honors Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*Consultation with your advisor is required before using any of these asterisked courses for the major.

D) Extra-Departmental Courses:

Students may choose, in consultation with and by permission of the advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours (or joint credit hours in the case of double majors or dual degrees) drawn from a course concerning some aspect of the Francophone world offered by another department. Students should remember, however, that only one course taught in English, whether in this department or another, may be counted toward the major.

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French for the Professions Track

A) Basic Courses:

The following courses are required of all majors:

3101 French Grammar Review (may be taken concurrently with 2101) 3 hrs.

4100 Advanced French Grammar 3 hrs.

(student must take at least two other courses beyond 3101 before taking 4100)

The following course is required:

3501 Introduction to French for the Professions 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3401 Introduction to Contemporary France 3 hrs.

3402 Introduction to Francophone Cultures 3 hrs.

3801 French-American Culture Wars (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3102 French Pronunciation and Performance 3 hrs.

3103  French Conversation 3 hrs.

Choose at least three of the following:

3201 French Literary and Visual Texts 3 hrs.

3202 Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

3403 Topics in French Speaking Cultures 3 hrs.

3701 Introduction to French Cinema 3 hrs.

4501 Advanced French for the Professions 3 hrs.

5401 The Sun King to World War I 3 hrs.

5402 The Roaring 20’s to the 21st Century 3 hrs.

5403 Topics in French-speaking Cultures and Civilization 3 hrs.

B) Additional Culture, Language, Literature, and Film Courses:

Choose at least one of the following:

3301 Discovering Second Language Acquisition (in English) 3 hrs.

4053 French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (in English) 3 hrs.

4401  Topics in French and Francophone Studies 3 hrs.

5051 The Romance Languages (in English) 3 hrs.

5102 Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

5103 French Translation and Interpretation 3 hrs.

5104 Old Occitan 3 hrs.

5105 Old French 3 hrs.
 

5201 Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5202 Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5203 Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5204 World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5205 Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs. 

5206 North Africa: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs. 

5207 Quebec: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs. 

5403 Topics in French-Speaking Cultures and Literatures 1-3 hrs.

5701 Topics in French and Francophone Cinema 3 hrs.

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema  (in English) 3 hrs.

C) Other Available Courses:

*3797 Intermediate Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs) 1-15 hrs.

*4797 Advanced Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs) 1-15 hrs.

*4998    UG Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999 UG Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4998H Honors Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999H Honors Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*Consultation with your advisor is required before using any of these asterisked courses for the major.

D) Extra-Departmental Courses:

Students may choose, in consultation with and by permission of the advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours (or joint credit hours in the case of double majors or dual degrees) drawn from a course concerning some aspect of the Francophone world offered by another department.  Students should remember, however, that only one course taught in English, whether in this department or another, may be counted toward the major.

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Francophone Studies Track

A) Basic Courses

The following two courses are required of all majors:

3101  French Grammar Review (may be taken concurrently with French 2101) 3 hrs.

4100 Advanced French Grammar (student must take at least two 3 hrs. other courses beyond 3101  before taking 4100)

The following courses are required:

3202  Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

3402  Introduction to Francophone Cultures 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

5205  Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5206  North Africa: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5207  Quebec: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3201  French Literary and Visual Texts 3 hrs.

3401  Introduction to Contemporary France 3 hrs.

4303  Topics in French-speaking Cultures 3 hrs.

5401  The Sun King to World War I 3 hrs.

5402  The Roaring 20’s to the 21st Century 3 hrs.

Choose at least one of the following:

3102  French Pronunciation and Performance 3 hrs.

3103  Intermediate French Conversation 3 hrs.

3501  Introduction to French for the Professions 3 hrs.

3701  Introduction to French Cinema 3 hrs.

B) Additional Culture, Language, Literature, and Film Courses:

Choose at least one of the following:

2801 Classics of French Cinema (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

3301  Discovering Second Language Acquisition (in English) 3 hrs.

3801  French-American Culture Wars (GE) (in English) 3 hrs.

4053  French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (in English) 3 hrs.

4401 Topics in French and Francophone Studies 3 hrs.

4501  Advanced French for the Professions 3 hrs.

5051  The Romance Languages (in English) 3 hrs.

5102  Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World 3 hrs.

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema (in English) 3 hrs.

5103  French Translation and Interpretation 3 hrs.

5104 Old Occitan 3 hrs.

5105 Old French 3 hrs.
 

5201  Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5202  Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5203  Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5204  World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts 3 hrs.

5403  Topics in French Speaking Cultures and Literatures (repeatable to 6 hrs) 1-5 hrs.

5701  Topics in French and Francophone Cinema 3 hrs.

5702  Studies in Contemporary French Cinema 3 hrs.

C) Other available courses:

*4797  Advanced Study at a Foreign Institution (repeatable to max. of 30 hrs) 1-15 hrs.

*4998  UG Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999  UG Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4998H  Honors Research Project (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*4999H  Honors Research Thesis (repeatable to a maximum of 9 hours) 3-5 hrs.

*Consultation with your advisor is required before using any of these asterisked courses for the major.

D) Extra-Departmental Courses:

Students may choose, in consultation with and by permission of the advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours (or joint credit hours in the case of double majors or dual degrees) drawn from a course concerning some aspect of the Francophone world offered by another department. Students should remember, however, that only one course taught in English, whether in this department or another, may be counted toward the major.

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