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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog

French, BA

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Enrollment for this program has been suspended.

The purpose of the French major is to enable students to attain an advanced level of competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of the historic and contemporary culture and institutions of France and the Francophone world. The French language is studied not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for students’ broader and more informed participation in their chosen fields. Students who study French at SSU also have the option of completing a portion of the course work in France (Paris or Aix-en-Provence) or in Canada, and should visit the International Programs Office for details.

Students should note the prerequisites for upper-division courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to understand spoken French, read a wide variety of texts written in French, and communicate effectively in French orally and in writing;
  2. Appreciation and knowledge of the French culture;
  3. Appreciation and knowledge of French literature;
  4. Appreciation and knowledge of the francophone world, cultures and literatures (including an understanding of norms, values and beliefs of areas where the target language is used, as well as recognition of key social and cultural traditions);
  5. Ability to respond in culturally appropriate ways in a variety of common situations in the target language;
  6. Ability to use state-of-the-art technology to access realia, that is, authentic documents in the target culture;
  7. Knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the French language.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

Additional Language Requirement

All students obtaining a B.A. degree in French shall take at least one course in a language other than English or French.


Total units in the major: 35

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