Photo of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Notre Dame, Paris, France (© Anthony Pinter)

The French and Francophone Studies program is designed to help students acquire knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of France and Francophone countries. Through beginning, intermediate, and advanced language courses, students develop the skills to read, write, speak and understand French. Courses on the literatures and cultures of French-speaking communities in France and in other countries of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, as well as the French possessions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, instill an appreciation of Francophone cultures in their diversity. Extra-curricular projects promote active engagement in cultural and linguistic exchanges. In keeping with the broader liberal arts mission of John Carroll University, the French section seeks to train students in the skills of both critical analysis and written and oral argument, skills that they can use in graduate schools or in their future professional and personal lives. All students are also strongly encouraged to study in a French-speaking country.

Why Study French?

Major and Minor Requirements

Major in French and Francophone Studies: 30 credit hours.

French track:

  • Students who begin the major at the 200 level: FR 201 and 202; eight 300-level French courses, two of which may be replaced by related courses as defined below.
  • Students who begin the major at the 300 level: Ten 300-level courses taught in French, two of which may be replaced by related courses as defined below.
  • Related courses are those outside French offerings which, at the same time, are closely related to French or Francophone culture: Art History, Classics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, IC literature and/or culture courses in translation as well as other language and literature/culture courses. Courses other than French must be approved in advance by the major advisor.
  • FR 410 fulfills the capstone requirement and should be completed during the junior or senior year.

French Studies track:

  • May include up to four courses (12 credit hours) with French or Francophone content from International Cultures (IC) or approved cognate areas.
  • FR 410 fulfills the capstone requirement and should be completed during the junior or senior year.

Minor in French and Francophone Studies: 15-18 credit hours.

  • Students who begin French at the 100-level: Six courses at the 100, 200, and 300 levels approved by the advisor.
  • Students who begin French at the 200 level or higher: Five courses at the 200 and 300 levels approved by the advisor.