2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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French Studies (B.A.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Christine Garst-Santos, Interim Department Head
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
Wagner Hall 121
E-mail: christine.garst-santos@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The French major at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for careers in which they will use French as a language for communication. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the French major, students should be able to:

  • Speak, read and write French at the intermediate-high or advanced level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and communication cultures of the Francophone world
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the French civilizations and its cultural products, such as literature, art, government, etc.

Academic Requirements

Students with previous knowledge of the language must take the placement test and register for an appropriate course. The program requires all French courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Course Delivery Format

Most courses in the French major are offered face-to-face on campus. Some upper-division courses are offered as part of the French cooperative program with NSU and USD and they use different types of distance delivery, including simultaneous television (DDN) and online delivery.

Requirements for French Studies Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences 

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts & Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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