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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minors: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

French is spoken in 44 countries by approximately 200 million people who represent 12 percent of the world GDP and 20 percent of world trade. A major in French offers an excellent base for careers in many areas, including academics, business, banking, government, journalism, international relations, political science, European Union issues and diplomacy. It also prepares students for graduate studies and professional schools.

The major consists of 32 credits, beginning with FRE 3300, and features courses in French language, culture (including film) and literary studies. Students must earn a grade of C or better for course work to count toward the major. Graduating seniors participate in a senior seminar and can earn the Certificat du Baccalauréat Supérieur indicating their mastery of the field. At the end of their senior year, majors may take written and oral examinations leading to a Certificat du Baccalauréat Supérieur.

Majors, minors and other advanced students of French may take an international exam sponsored by the Chambre de Commerce de Paris. Students with a junior/senior GPA of 3.5 are encouraged to write a thesis for magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition at graduation. Students planning to major in French should see a department adviser before registering.

France-Florida Research Institute: French majors and minors benefit from the advantages of this newly created Centre pluridisciplinaire at UF, one of only 18 centers of excellence in the U.S. officially recognized by the French government. Information on scholarships, internships and assistantships in France and Francophone countries is available from the undergraduate coordinator for interested students. UF's linkage with the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris affords students of French and political science possibilities for semester and yearlong study at Sciences Po. In addition, the Centre sponsors numerous film festivals, lectures and symposia on topics of French and Francophone interest for the entire university community. Refer to for more information.

Overseas Study: French majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad, either for a summer or for a semester. Students of French regularly participate in programs in Paris, Avignon, Montpellier, Grenoble and Quebec. UF sponsors its own summer program abroad, where students learn French in an immersion program. Students in approved overseas study programs can earn up to 15 credits beyond the 120 credits required for graduation. Please consult the UF International Center in 123 Grinter Hall, as well as a department adviser.

General Education: All classes listed under FRT are taught in English, and the texts studied are in English translation. Some courses qualify for the writing and math requirement. All other courses, including 3000-level literature and culture/civilization courses listed under FRW and FRE, are taught in French.

Placement Test: Students who plan to continue a study of French begun in high school or another college must present their SAT II language score(s) before registering to enroll at the appropriate level. Students with SAT II scores should consult the placement chart in catalog for course selection. If the SAT II was not taken, arrangements must be made to take it.

Students with three years of high school French (grades 9, 10, 11 or 12) cannot enroll in FRE 1130, regardless of placement test results. The lowest level in which they can enroll is FRE 1115 (3 credits). The lowest level in which students with four years of high school French can enroll is FRE 1131.

Any student who has lived in a French-speaking country for more than a year or who has significant French-speaking experience at home must consult the department before enrolling in any FRE course. For placement based on IB or AP scores, refer to the academic advising section.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA

Semester 3:

  • Complete FRE 1130 or higher-level French course

Semester 4:

  • Complete FRE 1131 or maintain higher-level French course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Semester 5:

  • Complete FRE 2200 and FRE 2240 or higher-level French course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE)3
FRE 1115 Elementary French: Review and Progress (3) or
FRE 1130 Beginning French 1 1
Biological Sciences (GE)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Total 12-14
Semester 2Credits
FRE 1131 Beginning French 2 (5) or
FRE 1116 Preparation for Intermediate French
Mathematics (GE)3
Physical Sciences (GE)3
Science laboratory (GE–P or B)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Total 13-15
Semester 3Credits
FRE 2200 Intermediate French 13
FRE 2240 Intermediate French Conversation 12
Mathematics (GE)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Total 17
Semester 4Credits
FRE 2201 Intermediate French 23
FRE 2241 Intermediate French Conversation 2 (GE–H, I)2
Humanities (GE) 23
Physical Sciences (GE)3
Total 18-15
Semester 5Credits
FRE 3300 Grammar and Composition 13
FRE 3780L Corrective Phonetics2
FRW 3100 Introduction to French Literature 1 (GE–H,I)3
French course (3000 level culture, civilization or commercial course)3
Total 14
Semester 6Credits
FRE 3320 Composition and Stylistics3
FRW 3101 Introduction to French Literature 2 (GE–H, I)3
Biological Sciences3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Elective (FRE 3410 recommended)3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
French course (FRW 4000 level, FRE 4000 level, FRE 3000 level or a civilization, culture or commercial course)3
French course (4000-level FRW)3
FRE 4780 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology or
FRE 4850 Introduction to Structure of French
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
FRW 4932 Senior Seminar in French Literature3
French (4000-level FRW )3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)9
Total 15

1 Freshmen entering with previous studies in French will begin at a more advanced level. Refer to the academic advising section for placement information. Students, who by virtue of their placement examinations are enrolled in a course higher than their standing, are exempt from the requirements of that particular plan.

2 At least two of the French courses chosen should be General Education humanities and international and diversity courses.