B.A. in French Studies - College of Mount Saint Vincent
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

B.A. in French Studies

Degree Requirements

OPTION A – French

College Core Requirements   43 credits*
French Studies Major   30 credits
    FREN 307 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 credits)
    FREN 350 Introduction to French Literary Study (3 credits)
    Eight French (FREN) courses numbered 201-475 (24 credits)
Open Electives   47 credits
TOTAL   120 credits

OPTION B – Interdisciplinary

College Core Requirements   43 credits*
French Studies Major   30 credits
    FREN 307 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 credits)
    FREN 350 Introduction to French Literary Study (3 credits)
    Four French (FREN) courses numbered 201-460 (12 credits)
    Four courses, which may either be Interdisciplinary
    or in French**
(12 credits)
Open Electives   47 credits
TOTAL   120 credits

*Six core credits in Modern Languages and Literature may be satisfied with Major requirements.

**Approved courses whose content is devoted substantially to the study of French or Francophone culture—literature, art, and history. The eligible disciplines include Fine Arts, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Philosophy. These courses may be in French or English.

No more than 12 credits at the 200 level or 6 AP/IB credits may be applied to the Major.

Although the French courses comprising the French Studies Major are sequential (levels 200, 300, and 400), students in Option B may begin the program by taking approved Art, History, or Philosophy courses alongside required French language courses.

French Studies majors seeking teacher certifications must include within Option B at least 6 additional credits in French. Such students will complete a minimum of 24 credits in French within the 30-credit French Studies Major – Option B. FREN 340 (French Civilization), FREN 341 (Contemporary French Civilization), and FREN 342 (The Francophone World: A Cultural Study) are highly recommended. In addition, these students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of 12 credits in a second modern language (other than English). A major’s program of study must be carefully planned with a French Faculty advisor to insure oral and written proficiency in French.

Sample Program

Options A and B
Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Core Courses 6 credits
FREN Courses 6 credits
Open Electives 9 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 18 credits
FREN 307 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3 credits
FREN 350 Introduction to French Literary Study 3 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
FREN Courses 6 credits
FREN/HIST/FINE ARTS/PHIL Major Course 3 credits
Open Electives 15 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 4

Core Courses 3 credits
FREN/HIST/FINE ARTS/PHIL Major Course 9 credits
Open Electives 17 credits
TOTAL 29 credits

Total Credits for Graduation – 120