French, BA

The degree program in French is offered through an online collaborative of various University System of Georgia (USG) institutions: including Clayton State University, the College of Coastal Georgia, and Valdosta State University. The program is offered primarily at a distance via the Georgia Online Virtual Enterprise Wide (GoView) system. Possible exceptions to fully online delivery would be face-to-face or hybrid classes offered by the consortium members or other USG institutions.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in French is to produce graduates who are prepared to assume a variety of important roles in Georgia communities. The program provides a foundation of required major courses, which includes French conversation and composition, language, civilization, Francophone literature, and applied French courses for the professions. This approach allows students to develop areas of expertise that best meet the needs of their career paths, including the critical need for French-speaking professionals in business, industry, health care, law enforcement, and public service. The program provides a focus on oral communication in professional settings, with opportunities for development of specialized vocabulary, analysis of the language used in professional settings, research in professional areas, and hands-on experiences in the community or abroad. These opportunities prepare students with an understanding of cultural factors affecting communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. To demonstrate the ability to listen and to read in French at the advanced level of proficiency, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines.
  2. To demonstrate the ability to speak and to write in French at the intermediate high level of proficiency, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines.

Program Requirements

All core curriculum recommendations are shown under the Core IMPACTS section of the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.
Field of Study - French18
Language Competence0-12
Competence in French through the intermediate level (i.e. FREN 2002) is required, here, in Core IMPACTS, or by competeassessment (e.g., CLEP). 1
Elective Courses6-18
Choose any 1000-2000 level course that is not applied in Core IMPACTS (A or E).
Upper Division Major Requirements 33
FREN 2010Intermediate Conversation3
FREN 3001French Conversation3
or FREN 3002 French Composition
FREN 3150French Culture & Civilization3
or FREN 3160 Francophone Culture & Civ
FREN 3201Approaches to Literature3
FREN 3250Survey of French Literature3
or FREN 3260 Survey of Francophone Lit
FREN 4001Advanced French Conversation3
FREN 4002Advanced French Composition3
FREN 4991Senior Seminar3
ESOL 4010Applied Linguistics for ESOL3
Upper Division French Electives0-27
FREN 3300French Phonetics and Phonology3
FREN 3400Culture, Business, Society3
FREN 4210Business French3
FREN 4800Special Topics in French3
or FREN 4801 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4802 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4803 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4804 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4805 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4806 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4807 Special Topics in French
or FREN 4808 Special Topics in French
FREN 4950Directed Study3
FREN 4960Study Abroad3
FREN 4980Community Practicum/Internship3
Upper Division Free Electives0-27
Choose up to 27 hours of 1000-4000 level, non-core curriculum coursework, with a maximum of 21 hours of 1000-2000 level course work. This area may be satisfied by course work towards a major or minor in a separate discipline, including a second language.
Total Credit Hours120

If not used in Areas A-E, these classes may include FREN 1001 Elementary French I, FREN 1002 Elementary French II, FREN 2001 Intermediate French I, and FREN 2002 Intermediate French II.

Please Note: This is a suggested course sequence and assumes a starting freshman with no prior college credit who intends to complete their degree in four years. Students should consult with their academic advisor and review the course prerequisites and minimum grade requirements as seen in the Academic Catalog. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
CRIT 1101 Critical Thinking 3
FREN 1002 Elementary French II 3
PSYC 1101
Intro to General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
HIST 1111
Survey-PreModern World History
or Survey of Modern World History
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
FREN 2001 Intermediate French I 3
PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy 3
POLS 1101 American Government 3
MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling (Or higher) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
PHIL 2040 Intro to Aesthetics Area F 3
FREN 2002 Intermediate French II 3
BIOL 1111 Introduction to Biology I 3
BIOL 1111L Intro to Biology Laboratory 1
HIST 2111
Survey of US History to 1877
or US HIST Since Reconstruction
Lower Division Elective (1000/2000 Course) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
FREN 2010 Intermediate Conversation 3
ART 2301 Art of the Pre-Modern World 3
BIOL 1112 Introduction to Biology II 3
SCI 1901 Selected Topics in Science 3
Lower Division Elective (1000/2000 Course) 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
FREN 3001 French Conversation 3
FREN Major-Related Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FREN 3150 French Culture & Civilization 3
FREN Major-Related Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
FREN 3160 Francophone Culture & Civ 3
FREN 3201 Approaches to Literature 3
FREN Major-Related Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FREN 3250 Survey of French Literature 3
FREN 4001 Advanced French Conversation 3
FREN 4991 Senior Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121