Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Additional stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

A grade of C or higher must be earned in each course for a French Studies major or minor.

Refer to home departments on prerequisites for all courses having other than the FREN designation. For example, PG 321 has a prerequisite of PG 102.

Study Abroad and Senior Portfolio:

All majors in the French Studies department are required to:

  1. Complete a semester of study abroad in a French speaking country. Exceptions to the semester study abroad requirement may be made on case-by-case basis in a petition to the department, and in consultation with a department academic advisor. Approved study abroad options and descriptions are available at the Office of International Programs, and linked on the department home page.
  2. Compile an ePortfolio of their work, submitted to the department by April 1 of their senior year. When students declare a French Studies major, they should seek a faculty advisor in the department who will advise them on the creation of their ePortfolio. The ePortfolio serves to assess the student's progress in the curriculum and to synthesize the student's total experience as a major. An explanation of this requirement is available on the department home page.

Senior Paper:

French Studies majors in any of the Literature emphasis areas (Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, French and the Arts, and Comparative Literature) are required to submit a senior paper to satisfy graduation requirements for the major by April 15 of their senior year. An explanation of this requirement is available on the department home page.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature

Ten to 12 units (depending on area of emphasis), a senior portfolio, a senior paper (for all majors except FLIA), and a semester of study abroad in a French speaking country (see General Requirements above).

  1. Basis in French Language and Literature
    1. Eight units in French at the 201 level or above, to include:
      1. FREN 300 or 310
      2. Two additional units at the 300 level and above, one of which must be at the 400 level. At least one course satisfying this requirement must be taken at the Tacoma campus during the senior year.
  2. Elective Area of Emphasis (Choose Option A, B, C, or D)
    1. French Literary Studies (2 units)
      Two additional units at the 300-level or above in French, taken at the Tacoma campus.
    2. French Cultural Studies (4 units).
      One unit taken abroad may be considered to count towards item B in the requirements below.
      1. French Focus.
        1. Two units of the following, taken at the Tacoma campus: FREN 220, 235, 240, 250, 270, 380.
        2. Two units of the following: HUM 290, 367; HIST 302, 304, 305, 307, 311, 314, 317, 322.
      2. Francophone Focus.
        1. Two units of the following, taken at the Tacoma campus: FREN 220, 240, 260, 270, 330, 340, 380.
        2. Two units of the following: AFAM 210, 401; HIST 291, 293, 392, 394.
    3. French and the Arts (3-4 units)
      All majors in this emphasis must also have an experiential component in art, music, theater, or film/media studies (up to one unit of which may be credit-bearing) to be determined in consultation with the department academic advisor.
      1. Art Focus (3-4 units)
        Any three units from: ARTH 275, 276, 325, 359, 360, 361, 363, 365; ENGL 212. Two of these Art focus courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus. One unit of studio art will meet the experiential component requirement.
      2. Music Focus (3-4 units)
        Three units in music from the following: MUS 222, 225, 226, 230, 231, 333. Experiential component requirement options may include: one unit of Applied Music, two semesters in a performing ensemble, or one unit of Music Theory.
      3. Media and Theater Studies Focus (3-4 units)
        Three units from the following: COMM 291, 321, 322; ENGL 373, 376; HUM 290, PHIL 353; THTR 200, 250, 371, 373. Experiential component requirement options may include one unit of THTR 215, 217, or 300. Non-credit bearing options may include theatre production assignments on campus or at a community theatre.
    4. French and Comparative Literature (3 units)
      Three units from courses in one of the following literatures: American Literature, English Literature, German Literature, or Hispanic Literature, to be determined in consultation with a department academic advisor.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French Language/International Affairs (FLIA)

Fourteen units, a senior portfolio, and a semester of study abroad in a French speaking country (see General Requirements above).

  1. Eight units in French at the 200 level or above to include:
    1. FREN 240
    2. Three units taken at the 300 level and above. Two of the 300-level and above courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during the senior year.
  2. Three units in International Politics
    1. PG 103
    2. Two units from: PG 311, 321, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 339, 347, 360 or 361 (but not both), 382; 385 (applies to FLIA for Politics and Government majors and minors only); SOAN 318, 335, 340
  3. Three units in International Business or Economics
    Three units from: ECON 101, 268, 271; BUS 305, 310, 370, 435 (prerequisite 315), 475; IPE 205, 311, 321. Only one IPE course may count toward the FLIA major.

Requirements for the Minor in French (5 units)

Completion of a minimum of five units in French at the 201 level or above. One unit must be at the 300 or 400 level taken at the Tacoma campus.

Students minoring in French may satisfy the university's three (3) unit upper-division requirement by completing French courses 210 or above because such courses have two (2) prerequisite units (201-202).

Study Abroad Coursework

The department of French Studies is fully committed to the concept of study abroad as a complement to students' intellectual trajectory as they learn about the culture, history and literature of another country or countries. While all students are strongly encouraged to participate in endorsed study abroad programs in France or a Francophone country, majors in the department are required to complete a semester of study abroad in a French speaking country. Details of these and other Francophone study abroad programs may be obtained from department advisors and the Office of International Programs.

Because not all study abroad programs are suited for French Studies majors and minors, only departmentally sanctioned coursework earned through university study abroad programs may be counted towards degrees in the department's majors and minors.

Credit is accepted from endorsed programs in Dijon, Nantes, and Paris, as well as Senegal and Madagascar. Programs are also offered in Francophone Africa. To ensure that credit will transfer, any student who plans to apply study abroad credit to a major or minor should consult with a department academic advisor prior to enrollment.

Transfer of Units and Placement

Students with previous high school French study may enroll in higher-level language courses by estimating that three to four years of high school concentration are approximately equivalent to one year of college work in French. Other factors such as study abroad, living with exchange students or Francophone parents, and other intensive studies may warrant special consideration on a case-by-case basis. To assure proper placement, all students should consult department advisors in the French Studies Department prior to enrollment.

All transfer students, especially those who have had prolonged periods of time elapse since their last academic coursework, will be evaluated on an individual basis. Their placement will be based on consultation and observation in courses at the Tacoma campus.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) with scores of 4 or 5, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examinations with scores of 5, 6, or 7, apply toward majors or minors for a maximum of one unit at the 200 level. French coursework completed at other accredited institutions may be accepted toward the major or minor subject to the stated requirements for each major or minor.

The university does not give credit for ACTFL exams nor does it accept exams or courses taken via distance learning or hybrid methods toward the foreign language graduation requirement. Similarly, the department does not apply courses taken via distance learning or hybrid methods towards the major or the minor in French.