French and Francophone Studies

Programs offered
  • French and Francophone Studies (major)
  • Francophone Studies (minor)

This major is not accepting new admits as of Autumn 2023.

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.

This major is built around academic coursework necessary to graduate students of competence in the globalized 21st century. When you major or minor in this program in SPU’s Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, you will gain 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. 

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

French and Francophone Studies (BA)


This program includes not only study of the French language, but also of 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.

  • A minimum 54 credits are required for this major, including 29 upper-division credits, with 18 credits taught in French.
  • Elementary and intermediate French language courses include the study of both French and Francophone cultures, literatures, and film.
  • Upper-division courses include French and Francophone Literature, Ecriture engagée, La France et le monde, Cinema Francophone, and Francophone Capstone.
  • Tutorial programs, Internships, and Independent Studies options are available.
  • You may pursue a major in this program as part of a double major with majors such as Global Development Studies, Theology, Nursing, Business, History, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Political Science, and Communication.
  • The Study Abroad requirement may be fulfilled through the SPU Study Abroad programs, including the Paris Study Abroad program (French Immersion program only), European Quarter, or an approved alternative program. 
  • A senior paper is required and is to be presented in conjunction with the Capstone Seminar.
  • Majors in French and Francophone Studies are required to complete an Oral Proficiency Interview conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages prior to graduation.

Francophone Studies minor


  • A minimum 35 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This minor includes courses such as Advanced French, European Civilization, French and Francophone Literature and Foundations of Language Study, Les Arts Français, History of Africa, and La France et le Monde.

Entering and completing the major or minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the French and Francophone Studies major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change or enter a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.