French, BA

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, majors will have reached the equivalent of the intermediate high/advanced low level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale in the four areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing with a special emphasis on language, literature, and culture, or French and Arabic, depending on their track.

French majors will be able to:

  • interact orally and in writing at a level sufficient for effective communication on a wide range of topics with French-speaking interlocutors from the Francophone world and across cultures;
  • analyze, synthesize, engage critically, and effectively present written information and argumentation on what is heard, read, or viewed in the literatures and cultures of the Francophone world—France, North- and sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, and the French-speaking communities of North America; and
  • gain knowledge on the various Francophone cultures of the world, and reflect upon and deal appropriately with their linguistic, cultural, and artistic history and diversity.