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European Studies Major: French Program
French Minor



Marston Hall

FACULTY:  Robert Baah, Kathryn Bartholomew, Michelle Beauclair, Owen Ewald, Katya Nemtchinova, Eric Vogt, Michael Ziemann

French Faculty: Kathryn Bartholomew, Michelle Beauclair


French is one of the most widely studied and widely spoken second languages in the world. It is a primary language of communication in many European organizations, as well as in parts of Western Europe, North and West Africa, and the Caribbean.

European Studies: French

Upper-division courses leading to the European Studies major/French include Francophone literatures and cultures; composition and conversation; early and modern French literature; and French arts and cinema, among others. Tutorial programs, internships and independent studies options are also available.

Students seeking the major will take the required European Studies base courses in addition to 40 credits in French, 25 of which must be upper-division and 18 of which must be taught in French. Students have the opportunity to complete their study abroad requirement on SPU's study abroad programs: Paris Study Abroad program and European Quarter, or on an approved alternative program.

French & Francophone Studies

Over the past twenty five years the study of French has shifted from a focus on metropolitan France and toward the broader Francophone world: the nations, regions and people outside of mainland France who use French as their primary language or as a language for business, government or education. While the teaching of the fundamentals of the French language for communicative purposes remains a cornerstone of all lower-division French programs and while courses on French literature, film, civilization and culture are still necessary at the upper-division level, the study of French-speaking cultures worldwide has become essential in today’s increasingly globalized world.  As the result of territorial expansion into North America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries and of colonisation in Africa and Asia in the 19th and 20th, the French language has maintained an importance beyond its use by the limited number of speakers within France itself.

Our elementary and intermediate French language courses include readings on both French and francophone literature and culture. More significantly, as a direct result of courses such as La France et le monde, which examines francophone North and West African cultures along with Indochina and includes a study of immigration and cultural diversity of France in alternate years, and Topics in Francophone Literature, which explores literature, culture and linguistic variation in North America, Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean, an increasing number of students have decided to pursue majors and minors in French, and often pursue French as a double major with such majors as global development studies, Christian ministry, nursing, business, history  and communication.  This major track is built around academic coursework necessary to graduate students of competence in the globalized twenty-first century and will ensure that students have a deeper knowledge of the history, geography, socio-political and religious traditions of francophone communities and the linguistic and analytical framework to appreciate and engage with them. Such a major will also appeal to students who wish to pursue work in international aid, development, ministry and education. 

Admission to the Major or Minor

Applicants for a major or minor within the Department of Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all college work applicable to the B.A. degree and a 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, and/or European or Latin American Studies. A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.

French Program Requirements
Michelle Beauclair, Contact Person

For major/minor requirements, see links to the left.


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