May 21, 2019
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Requirements for Major
The French major consists of 30 credit hours of courses with a minimum grade of “C” in the FREN sequence at and above the level of FREN 3020, with the further provisions 1) that FREN 3031 and 3032 are required, unless the student receives exemption from the Director of the Undergraduate Program; and 2) that at least 9 of those hours must be at the level of FREN 4000 or above.
Distinguished Majors Program in French
The DMP is available to French majors presenting a university cumulative Grade point average of at least 3.400 and departmental GPA of 3.500 in courses at the 3000-level or above. Students typically apply for admission in the spring of their third year. They take one advanced major course for honors credit, and they pursue an independent project and write an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor (FREN 4998 and 4999). The faculty advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Programs determine the degree of distinction earned by the DMP student.
The B.A./M.A. program allows motivated undergraduate French majors to enhance their understanding of French and Francophone culture and society, equip themselves with superior fluency in the language, and obtain the M.A. degree with one additional year of study beyond the B.A. For more information please consult the director of graduate studies.
Combined B.A.-M.T. Program
Anyone interested in teaching French at the secondary level may wish to look into the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching Program, offered jointly with the Curry School of Education. This five-year program involves both a complete major in French following a specified curriculum and a course of study leading to professional teaching licensure. This program is described in the Undergraduate Record; both the College of Arts and Sciences section and the Curry School of Education section should be consulted. For details beyond those published in the Curry School’s section of the Record (Teacher Degree Programs), please consult the director of undergraduate studies.
Requirements for Minor
The French minor consists of 18 credit hours of courses with a minimum grade of “C” in the FREN sequence at and above the level of FREN 3020, with the further provisions 1) that FREN 3031 and 3032 are required, unless the student receives exemption from the Director of the Undergraduate Program; and 2) that at least 3 of those hours must be at the level of FREN 4000 or above.
Credit for Study Abroad
With approval by the director of undergraduate studies, up to twelve credits toward the major (or six credits toward the minor) may be earned in an approved program abroad.
Placement of first-year students presenting admissions credit in French is normally based on the SAT French Achievement Test or the corresponding placement test administered by the College during summer orientation. The placement test may also be taken on line: http://www.virginia.edu/french/resource/placement/. Students with an AP language score of 3 have fulfilled the College language requirement and are placed in FREN 3031. Students with an AP language score of 4 or 5 receive three credits for FREN 3031 and should see an advisor in the French Department about placement. Students with an AP literature score of 4 receive three credits for FREN 3032 and should see an advisor for placement.
For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of French, 302 Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400770, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4770; (434) 924-7158; www.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/french.
Courses Taught in French
- The prerequisite to FREN 3031 is FREN 2020, or 2320, or the equivalent, or appropriate SAT score.
- The prerequisite to FREN 3032 is FREN 3031.
- FREN 3032 is the prerequisite to all higher-numbered FREN courses.
- The prerequisite to all 4000-level courses is at least one 3000-level French literature, civilization or culture course.
- The prerequisite to all 5000-level literature courses is two 4000-level literature courses with an average grade of B, or the instructor’s permission.
- FREN 1010 – 2320 can be used to fulfill the language requirement, but may not be used for major or minor credit.
French in Translation
Notes: The following courses may not be taken to fulfill the language requirement, nor as part of the requirements for the major in French.