Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

French Concentration

Foreign language majors concentrating in French study a variety of topics from traditional academic fields like language, literature, and the culture of French, to less traditional subjects such as film studies and the Francophone literatures of the Caribbean, Quebec, and Africa. This unique combination leads to a well-rounded liberal arts education that allows students to experience the full spectrum of the Francophone world. This concentration will open doors to such fields as teaching, translation, the travel industry, diplomacy, and other international careers in such areas as law or business.

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in foreign languages must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, students must complete a concentration in one of the following:

◊ Concentration in French (FRN)

Students pursuing the concentration in French must complete a minimum of 33 credits in French at the 300 level and above, each with a minimum grade of 2.00. No more than one course (3 credits) conducted in English may be used to fulfill requirements for the concentration. Students are expected to complete a balanced program that includes courses in language, culture and civilization, and literature.

One advanced language course (6 credits)

FREN 309 - Reading and Writing Skills Development Credits: 6

Two courses (6 credits) in literature and civilization

FREN 370 - French Civilization, Culture, and Literature: Ancient Gaul to 1789 Credits: 3

FREN 371 - French Civilization, Culture, and Literature: 1789 to the Present Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) in FREN at the 300-level or above

Four courses (12 credits) in FREN at the 400-level or above

Total: 33 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in foreign language may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CHIN 480, FREN 309, or SPAN 370.


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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