French Undergraduate Curriculum


For more details on the Option in French (and other FFIT degrees) requirements, including a 4-year study plan, please consult the KU course catalog

French Major Prerequisite:

Majors must complete courses to gain fourth semester language proficiency (Completion of French 234, 240, 241, or an equivalent placement). These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major

Required Courses:

  • French Core Knowledge Skills

    • FREN 301 - French Written and Oral Communication 1
    • FREN 326 - Introduction to French Literature
  • French Electives (Complete a total of five courses from the two tracks (to include at least two courses from each category). Four of these five courses must be at the 400-level and above.)
    • I. Language, Culture, and Film

      • FREN 350 - Applied French Grammar and Composition I
      • FREN 352 - French for Journalism and Business
      • FREN 375 - Intermediate French Conversation
      • FREN 376 - Advanced French Conversation
      • FREN 401 - Paris, City of Lights and Legends
      • FREN 406 - Introduction to French Culture Through Film
      • FREN 410 - Survey of French Culture I
      • FREN 420 - Survey of French Culture II
      • FREN 430 - La France d'Aujourd'Hui
      • FREN 431 - French-Speaking World (Outside France)
      • FREN 440 - Studies in French Culture: _____
      • FREN 441 - The Story of French
      • FREN 443 - French Inside Out
      • FREN 471 - Transcending Borders: Migrations, Identities, Voices, Narrative
      • FREN 530 - Studies in Film: _____
      • FREN 592 - French Culture Through Film I, Beginnings to 1950
      • FREN 593 - French Culture Through Film II, 1950-Present
    • II. Literature
      • FREN 432 - Francophone African Literature
      • FREN 450 - French Literature of the Middle Ages
      • FREN 455 - French Literature of the Renaissance
      • FREN 460 - Identity, Absolutism, and Power in France, 1589-1715
      • FREN 462 - French Literature of the Eighteenth Century
      • FREN 465 - French Literature of the 19th Century
      • FREN 470 - French Literature of the Twentieth Century
      • FREN 480 - Studies in French Literature: _____
      • FREN 481 - Science-Fiction and Fantasy in French
  • Capstone (Complete one of the following):
    • FREN 495 - Directed Readings in French
    • FREN 499 - Honors in French
    • FREN 530 - Studies in Film: _____
    • FREN 550 - Capstone Seminar in French and Francophone Language, Literature, and Culture
    • FREN 592 - French Culture Through Film I, Beginnings to 1950
    • FREN 593 - French Culture Through Film II, 1950-Present