In general, students choose the courses of the major in close consultation with the department chairperson who serves as their academic advisor. Students who begin the study of French at Franklin & Marshall at the 203 level or below satisfy the major by completing 203, 305, 306, five electives on the 300-400 level, and 481 (senior seminar taken in the senior year); French 205 may be taken in lieu of one elective. Students who begin the study of French at Franklin & Marshall at the 305-306 level satisfy the major by completing 305, 306, seven electives on the 300-400 level, and 481.
Subject to French department approval, up to two courses taken in another department or area such as government, languages, linguistics, history, art history, or music, may be substituted for French electives if the courses potentially enhance the student?s insight into the major field of study.
Students who study abroad for one or two semesters in a French-speaking country may transfer toward the French major up to two upper level electives per semester, subject to department approval. They may also transfer up to two additional courses taken over one or two semesters abroad, as French electives or as courses taken in a related discipline. Students who transfer four credits earned during a single semester abroad may not apply toward the French major any (additional) course taken in a related discipline.
The Department also offers a Minor in French upon completion of 6 sequential courses in French beginning at the point of placement.
The writing requirement in the French major is met by completion of French 305 or 306.