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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


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

A major in French offers an excellent base for diverse careers including banking, business, diplomacy, government, journalism, International relations, political science, European Union issues, and translation. Attendance of UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.


Students with previous training should take the SAT II language score(s) before registering. Students with SAT II scores should consult the charts in this catalog. 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 1180 (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 is francophone must consult the adviser before enrolling in any FRE course.

For more information on placement, refer to www.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

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 coursework

Semester 5:

  • Complete FRE 2200 and FRE 2242 or higher-level French course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
FRE 1180 Elementary French: Review and Progress (3) or
FRE 1130 Beginning French 1 (5) *
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 12-14
Semester 2Credits
FRE 1131 Beginning French 2 (5) or
FRE 1182 Preparation for Intermediate French (3)
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Science laboratory (GE-P or GE-B)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 13-15
Semester 3Credits
FRE 2200 Intermediate French 13
FRE 2242 Intermediate French Conversation 12
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 17
Semester 4Credits
FRE 2201 Intermediate French 23
FRE 2243 Intermediate French Conversation 2 (GE-H, N) (an elective only)2
Humanities (GE-H) **3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 17
Semester 5Credits
FRE 3300 Grammar and Composition 13
FRW 3100 Introduction to French Literature 1 (GE-H, N) or
Other 3000-level French literature course
French courses (3000-level)FRE 3780L recommended for students interested in improving pronunciation5-6
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Total 14-15
Semester 6Credits
FRE 3320 Composition and Stylistics3
FRE 3500 France Through the Ages (GE-H, N) or
FRE 3502 Francophone Cultures (GE-H,N) or
FRE 3564 Contemporary French Culture (GE-H,N)
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Electives (FRE or FRW or FRT 3000 level or above)5
Total 17
Semester 7Credits
French course (FRE or FRW 3000 level or above)3
French course (4000 level FRW)3
FRE 4780 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology or
FRE 4850 Introduction to Structure of French or
FRE 4822 Sociolinguistics of French
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
FRW 4932 Senior Seminar in French Literature3
French (FRE 40000 or FRW level)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)9
Total 15

* Freshmen entering with previous studies in French will begin at a more advanced level. Refer to the academic policies 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.

** At least two of the French courses chosen should be general education humanities and international and diversity courses.