BA with a Major in French and Francophone Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of French and Francophone Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements31
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours89
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
FR 201French and Francophone Literature from the Revolution to the 21st Century3
FR 202French Literature from the Crusades to the Revolution3
FR 231Conversation and Composition I a3
FR 232Conversation and Composition II a3
FR 301Topics in French and Francophone Literature3
FR 302Topics in French and Francophone Culture3
FR 303Writing in the Discipline b1
FR 333Oral and Written French I3
One additional FR course at the 200- or 300-level3
Two 400-level FR electives in literature, civilization, or grammar6
Total Hours31
a

Fluent French speakers substitute other 200- or 300-level courses for FR 231 and FR 232.

b

FR 303 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3-5
Select one of the following: 3
French and Francophone Literature from the Revolution to the 21st Century a  
French Literature from the Crusades to the Revolution a  
FR 231 Conversation and Composition I 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
FR 232 Conversation and Composition II 3
Select one of the following: 3
French and Francophone Literature from the Revolution to the 21st Century a  
French Literature from the Crusades to the Revolution a  
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-17
Second Year
Fall Semester
FR 301
Topics in French and Francophone Literature b
or Topics in French and Francophone Culture
3
FR 333 Oral and Written French I 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-17
Spring Semester
FR 301
Topics in French and Francophone Literature b
or Topics in French and Francophone Culture
3
FR 303 Writing in the Discipline c 1
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
FR 200- or 300-Level Elective d 3
Electives 11-13
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
FR 4xx e 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
FR 4xx e 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Electives 15
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

FR 201 and FR 202 may be taken in either order. 

b

FR 301 and FR 302 may be taken in either order. 

c

FR 303 must be taken in conjunction with FR 301 or FR 302.

d

Students can take only ONE French class taught in English at the 200-level (i.e. FR 298 or FR 297) toward their major or minor. 

e

Students cannot take a 400-level French class (even if it is taught in English, since all writing and supplemental reading will need to be in French) without having taken a 300-level class AND FR 333

Note: FR 333 and FR 301 are only taught in the fall and FR 302 is only taught in the spring.

Note: Study abroad options are available that can significantly advance the time required to satisfy the French major; this can help students who begin French in the 100-level program at UIC complete the major in a timely manner.