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French and Francophone Studies Major
Francophone Studies Minor


Marston Hall

Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department Faculty

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

French and Francophone Studies

The study of French has expanded beyond a focus on metropolitan France 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. To that end, all elementary and intermediate French language courses at Seattle Pacific include the study of both French and Francophone cultures, literatures, and film. Upper-division courses leading to the French and Francophone Studies major and minor include Francophone literatures, cultures, cinema and civilization; advanced 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.

This major is built around academic coursework necessary to graduate students of competence in the globalized 21st century. It will also 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.

An increasing number of students pursue majors and minors in French and Francophone Studies in conjunction with a double major or minor in such subject areas as Global Development Studies, Theology, Nursing, Business, History, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Political Science, English, and Communication. This major track also appeals to students who wish to pursue work in international aid, development, Christian ministry, diplomacy, education, translation, and interpretation. 


French and Francophone Studies Program Requirements

Michelle Beauclair, Contact Person

The French and Francophone Studies major consists of 54 credits minimum, 29 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 the SPU study abroad programs that include the study of the French language: Paris Study Abroad program (French Immersion program only) or European Quarter, or on an approved alternative program. Visit SPU's Study Abroad page for opportunities.

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.

Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.


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