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Undergraduate Record 2009-2010 
Undergraduate Record 2009-2010 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

French Language and Literature

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Requirements for Major

Totaling 30 credits (or ten three-credit courses), the major in French requires FREN 3031 followed by 3032, and any other eight courses selected by the student in consultation with a department advisor. To count toward the major, each course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Of these eight courses, at least three must be at the 4000 level or above (language, culture, or literature). The following courses carry no credit toward the major or minor: FREN  2933, FREN 2935, or any FRTR course.

Distinguished Majors Program in French

The DMP is available to French majors presenting an overall GPA of at least 3.400 and departmental GPA of 3.500 in courses at the 300-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 498 and 499). The faculty advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Programs determine the degree of distinction earned by the DMP student.

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

Totaling 18 credits (or six three-credit courses), the minor in French is fulfilled by completion of FREN 331 and 332 or the equivalent, plus four electives chosen from among those that carry credit toward the major. At least one of the electives must be on the 400 level.

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 331. Students with an AP language score of 4 or 5 receive three credits for FREN 331 and should see an advisor in the French Department about placement. Students with an AP literature score of 4 receive three credits for FREN 332 and should see an advisor for placement.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of French Language and Literature, 302 Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400770, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4770; (434) 924-7158; www.virginia.edu/french.

Course Descriptions

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.

Courses Taught in French


  • The prerequisite to FREN 331 is FREN 202, 232, or the equivalent, or appropriate SAT score.
  • The prerequisite to FREN 332 is FREN 331.
  • The prerequisite to all 300-level courses beyond FREN 339 is FREN 332.
  • The prerequisite to all 400-level courses is at least one 300-level French literature, civilization or culture course.
  • The prerequisite to all 500-level literature courses is two 400-level literature courses with an average grade of B, or the instructor’s permission.
  • FREN 101 – 232 can be used to fulfill the language requirement, but may not be used for major or minor credit.
  • FREN 311, 333 and 335 may not be used for major or minor credit.

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