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French, B.A. to M.A. Accelerated Program

Saint Louis University's accelerated French B.A. / M.A. program offers qualified French majors the opportunity to begin work toward the Master of Arts in French while completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French, thereby reducing the time needed to earn the master's degree. 

Students may apply up to 15 graduate credits to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.  For the B.A., those credits will all satisfy major electives.

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

French, B.A.

French, M.A.

Please direct your questions about the ABM to SLU's French graduate advisor Louis Cassandra Hamrick at lois.hamrick@slu.edu or at langadmin@slu.edu.

The following must be met to participate in SLU's accelerated B.A. to M.A. in French program:

  • An undergraduate major in French
  • A GPA of a least 3.00 in French coursework
  • A professional goal statement
  • An interview
  • A writing sample
  • Form for provisional acceptance to ABM
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Completion of 45 credits

Continuation Standards

In the accelerated program, students' progress is monitored by mentors and the director of the French graduate program.

  1. For the B.A. degree, students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A of at least 2.00 ("C" average) and a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 ("B" average) in their coursework in French.
  2. All graduate courses taken as part of their bachelor's degree must have a grade of "B" or better.
  3. For the M.A. degree, students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.00 ("B" average)

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
FREN 1010 Communicating in French I 1 3
UNIV 1010 Enhancing First-Year Success 1
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
FREN 1020 Communicating in French II 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 2 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
FREN 2010 Intermediate French Language & Culture 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
FREN 3010 Discovering the French-Speaking World 3 3
FREN 3020 Text, Voice, & Self-Expression 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
Students can also choose to spend either a semester or a year abroad in France. See Program notes.  
FREN 3030 21st-Century France 4 3
FREN 3040 Society, Nation & the Arts in Pre-Revolutionary France 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits15
Spring
FREN 4XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 4XXXFrench Elective 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Participation in LLC Student Symposium is highly encouraged.  
FREN 5XXXFrench Electiv 7 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Five
Fall
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
 Credits9
Spring
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
FREN 5XXXFrench Elective 3
Final Scholarly Essay or a Written Examination  
Oral Examination  
 Credits6
 Total Credits136
1

Students with prior experience in French take a placement test (SLUPE) to determine their level. See Program Notes.

2

French majors generally have a second or even third major. See Program Notes.

3

Students can take FREN 3020 Text, Voice, & Self-Expression (0,3 cr) and FREN 3010 Discovering the French-Speaking World (0,3 cr) concurrently. Students can take FREN 3020 Text, Voice, & Self-Expression (0,3 cr) before taking FREN 3010 Discovering the French-Speaking World (0,3 cr).

4

Students can also take FREN 3030 21st-Century France (0,3 cr) in semester six.

5

FREN 3040 Society, Nation & the Arts in Pre-Revolutionary France (0,3 cr) is offered only in the fall semester.

6

Many French 4000-level courses also fulfill the Global Citizenship Core Diversity requirement.

7

French 4000-level literature courses fulfill the Core Literature Requirement.

For more information about SLU's French, B.A. to M.A. accelerated program, contact the French graduate advisor Lois Cassandra Hamrick at lois.hamrick@slu.edu or at langadmin@slu.edu.