Saint Louis University

Major & Minor

The Major in French aims to develop students' competency in the language, while increasing their knowledge of the French-speaking world. As our living environment becomes increasingly "transnational," a major in French offers an attractive asset to careers in many fields, including business, medicine, politics, law, and the humanities. In addition, the major prepares students for graduate work in French, by providing them with a broad range of courses in French and Francophone literature and culture.

The Major in French consists of 30 hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses in French. Requirements include 12 hours of courses focusing on written and oral expression (FREN 3010, FREN 3020, FREN 3030, and FREN 3040), and 18 hours of upper-division courses. Up to 9 hours if the upper-division courses can be in related fields (such as French History, Art History, Philosophy), with the approval of the department. In addition, all French majors have to register for and complete a Senior Inquiry during their final semester of studies.

The Minor in French consists of 18 hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses in French. All courses must be taught in French. Please see the College of Arts and Sciences Catalog for more information.

Students are encouraged to enhance their major or minor through an immersion experience in a French-speaking country. SLU students can choose from a variety of study options in French including summer, semester, and two-semester programs.

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