French and Francophone Studies, B.A.

Program Code: FRBA_BA

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in French, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 18
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 33

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements are included in the Requirements for the Major, General Education, or Electives and 0-12 credits are included in Electives if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 201Oral Communication and Reading Comprehension3
FR 202Grammar and Composition3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better:
Select three of the following:9
French and Francophone Culture I
French and Francophone Culture II
French and Francophone Literature I
French and Francophone Literature II
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option18

Requirements for the Option

Language and Culture Option (18 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 402YAdvanced Grammar and Writing3
FR 430Contemporary France3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
French Linguistics
French Phonology
French Syntax
French Semantics
Select 9 credits in French literature or culture at the 400 level9
Language and Literature Option (18 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in French linguistics from:3
French Linguistics
French Phonology
French Syntax
French Semantics
Select 15 credits in French literature at the 400 level from:15
FR 422
French Literature of the Renaissance
FR 436Y
Self and Society in Eighteenth-Century France
Nineteenth-Century French Literature
La Belle Epoque: Politics, Society, and Culture in France, 1880-1914
African Literature of French Expression
Contemporary French Literature
Race and Gender Issues in Literatures in French
Topics in French Film History and Theory I: 1895-1945
Special Topics
Language and Linguistics Option (18 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 316French Linguistics3
FR 402YAdvanced Grammar and Writing3
FR 417French Phonology3
FR 418French Syntax3
FR 419French Semantics3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Syntax I
Phonology I
Semantics I

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Language & Culture Option: French and Francophone Studies, B.A. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 14FR 24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 138T (GWS)3CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T (GWS)3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Requirement3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 34FR 201*3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3FR 202*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
BA Requirement3BA Requirement3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 316*3FR 332, 331, 351, or 352*3
FR 331, 332, 351, or 352*3FR 351, 331, 332, or 352*3
General Education Course3FR 402Y*3
Elective3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
4xx level FR course*3FR 430*3
4xx level FR course*34xx level FR course*3
ENGL 202B (GWS)3BA Other Cultures Course (or Elective)3
Elective3Elective3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5Elective3
 13.5 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:

All incoming first-year students must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

French Language & Linguistics Option: French and Francophone Studies, B.A. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 14FR 24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 138T (GWS)3CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T (GWS)3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Requirement3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 34FR 201*3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3FR 202*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
BA Requirement3BA Requirement3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 316*3FR 332, 331, 351, or 352*3
FR 331, 332, 351, or 352*3FR 351, 331, 332, or 352*3
General Education Course3FR 402Y*3
Elective3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LING 402, 404, or 449*3FR 430*3
4xx level FR linguistics course*34xx level FR linguistics course*3
4xx level FR linguistics course*3BA Other Cultures Course (or Elective)3
ENGL 202B (GWS)3Elective3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5Elective3
 13.5 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:

All incoming first-year students must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Language & Literature Option: French and Francophone Studies, B.A. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 14FR 24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 138T (GWS)3CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T (GWS)3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Requirement3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 34FR 201*3
General Education Quantification (GQ)3FR 202*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
BA Requirement3BA Requirement3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 316*3FR 332, 331, 351, or 352*3
FR 351 or 352*3FR 351, 331, 332, or 352*3
General Education Course34xx level FR literature course*3
Elective3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
4xx level FR literature course*34xx level FR literature course*3
4xx level FR literature course*34xx level FR literature course*3
ENGL 202B (GWS)3BA Other Cultures Course (or Elective)3
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 13.5 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:

All incoming first-year students must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year.  Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll.  Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course.  For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.
 

Career Paths

With a B.A. degree in French, students have a variety of pathways open to them. Our graduates have gone on to pursue a myriad of exciting careers that have allowed them to use their proficiency in the French language, understanding of French and Francophone cultural artefacts, grasp of French and Francophone ways of seeing and making sense of the world, and the skills of critical thinking acquired in our classrooms

Careers

Our majors have taught in France as Fulbright Scholars or on French government teaching assistantships; worked for the Peace Corps, Homeland Security, the State department, world health organizations, and the non-profit sector; pursued careers in the foreign service; become high school teachers, university professors, and instructional designers; and gone into film, journalism, advertising, fashion, public relations, and information technology — among many other professions.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies in French, Comparative Literature and other disciplines within the humanities. Many have also opted to pursue Law school, Medical school, and advanced degrees in International Politics, Public Health, International Studies and Art History.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1492
hjm10@psu.edu

http://french.psu.edu