French and Francophone Studies, B.S.

Program Code: FRBS_BS

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 Science degree in French and Francophone Studies (all options) a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 20-24
Requirements for the Major 51-68

13 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. For the French-Business Option, 4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

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.

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
FR 401Advanced Oral Communication3
FR 402YAdvanced Grammar and Writing3
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 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 option27-44

Requirements for the Option

French-Business Option (44 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 301Finance3
BA 303Marketing3
BA 304Management and Organization3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
FR 409Commercial and Technical Translation3
FR 430Contemporary France3
IB 303International Business Operations3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MKTG 220Introduction to Selling Techniques3
or IB 403 International Business and National Policies
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
International Economics Keystone/General Education Course
International Management
Global Marketing
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in French at the 400 level3
French-Engineering Option (30 credits)

Open only to students enrolled in an engineering major.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 409Commercial and Technical Translation3
FR 430Contemporary France3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 21 credits of engineering courses, including ENGR 295 and ENGR 395, in consultation with the engineering adviser21
Select 3 credits in French at the 400 level3

Note: All French-Engineering majors are required to participate in a one-semester engineering internship in France, arranged by the College of Engineering, during which up to 9 credits in French and up to 12 credits in engineering may be earned. The work experience may take the form of a professional internship (ENGR 195I) or be part of a cooperative education sequence (ENGR 295I, ENGR 395I, or ENGR 495I).

Applied French Option (27 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 430Contemporary France3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 18 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) in related areas in consultation with an adviser 118
Select 6 credits in French at the 400 level6

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
http://starfish.psu.edu
http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/education/majors-and-minors

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).

University Park Campus

Applied French

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, ENGL 30, 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 Course3General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 16 14.5
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
Applied Option Course*3Applied Option Course*3
 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
FR 401*3General Education Course3
Applied Option Course*3Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202B (GWS)3FR 430*3
4xx level FR course*34xx level FR course*3
Applied Option Course*3Applied Option Course at the 4xx level*3
Applied option course at the 4xx level*3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 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/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

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.

Business

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, ENGL 30, 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
ECON 102 (GS)*†3ECON 104 (GS)*†3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FR 34FR 201*3
STAT 200 or SCM 200 (GQ)*†4FR 202*3
BA 304 or MGMT 301*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 ACCTG 2114
 14 14.5
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
BA 303 or MKTG 301*3FR 402Y*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Elective3ECON 333 or MKTG 445*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
4xx level FR course*3FR 430*3
FR 401*3FR 409*3
IB 303*3IB 403*3
BA 301 or FIN 301*3ENGL 202D*†3
Elective3Elective1
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13
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/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

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.S. 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 artifacts, 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; worked in the culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management; held positions in business and management; and gone into film, journalism, advertising, fashion, public relations, and information technology — among many other professions.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Our B.S. graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies domains that represent many fields both in the humanities and in STEM fields. Many have also opted to pursue Law school, Medical school, and advanced degrees in International Politics, Public Health, International Studies, Agriculture and Public Policy.

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