Goals of the Major

A major in French consists of at least 24 credit hours beyond FRE 201 with a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the major, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the major (see curriculum for course distribution). The major is designed to allow students to gain advanced linguistic, cultural, and literary competence in the communities that speak this language. With each course students further develop the capacity to communicate with and to critically see and understand the linguistic communities being studied. Not only do students learn to understand, interpret, and analyze communication patterns and cultural products (new technologies, film, literature, etc.) from other geopolitical positions, but this process also fosters a greater appreciation of the learners’ own language, culture, and society. As part of the development of analytical and critical skills, students learn to build coherent arguments orally and in writing; to develop tools for the interpretation of various texts; to perform research and write critical papers; to find and evaluate sources of information; to heighten their sensitivity to the contexts of language, and to appreciate language as art.  Students will also acquire a broad, structured knowledge of the relevant history, literature and culture in the target language. Finally, they will learn to carry out cultural comparisons and to view their own culture with new eyes.

You do not have to be a student of the College of Arts and Sciences to major in a modern language; you need only the approval of your college or school advisor and to complete the departmental requirements. If you wish to complete a double degree, consult with an Arts and Sciences Advisor.

Students completing a major in a modern language are encouraged to study abroad. The Study Abroad Office (in Dooly Memorial Classroom, Building 1111, Memorial Drive, Suite 125) sponsors programs for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is also possible to fulfill some Arts and Sciences distribution requirements abroad. In order to take full advantage of study abroad, students should visit Study Abroad early in their university careers, discuss course equivalencies with the Study Abroad Advisor for their chosen languages (contact the Department office for names and office hours), and consult with their major advisors. Credit hour toward the major for courses taken abroad will be determined on an individual basis. 

Students with transfer credit hours must take at least 18 graded credit hours at or above the 300-level at the University of Miami; i.e., up to 6 credit hours may be transferred towards the French major from another institution or a study abroad program not administered by UM. Up to 12 credit hours taken abroad in a UM-administered program may count towards the major. 

Capstone Courses

The final course in the major is the capstone course (501) which must be taken in residence. This course will:

  •  Integrate the various skills acquired during the course of study (linguistic, analytical, knowledge-based);
  • Incorporate interpretive as well as presentational modes of communication;
  • Contain an over-arching and cohesive theme;
  • Include an element of collaboration among students.

It will constitute a moment of recapitulation of, synthesis, and reflection on a student’s experience in the major as well as a bridge towards graduate-level studies, should s/he decide to pursue them.

Of the 24 credit hours required for the major, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty (whether on campus or in faculty-led study-abroad programs). Since we encourage students to study abroad in UM-sponsored programs, up to 12 credit hours from these programs may be applied toward the major. Up to 6 transfer credit hours from other institutions may count toward the major; whether these are credit hours transferred from another U.S. institution or from non-UM study abroad programs, transferred credit hours must be granted UM equivalency in order to be eligible to count toward the major. Please note, however, that the total number of combined UM study-abroad (exclusive of MLL faculty-led programs) and transfer credit hours shall not exceed 12 credit hours.

For example: 

  • A student may use 3 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 9 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 6 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 6 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 12 credit hours from a UM-administered study-abroad program not led by MLL faculty and 12 credit hours in courses taught by MLL faculty to fulfill the major.

Exceptions to this 12 credit hours rule may be made in cases where a student will participate in a UM-administered study-abroad program for a full academic year. 

Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements
FRE 202Intermediate French II3
FRE 203Advanced French3
FRE 301Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In French3
300 or 400 Level Courses
At least 15 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. 115
At least 3 credits of the 15 credits at the 300 or 400 level must focus on a pre- 20th century period. The following courses meet this requirement:
Medieval And Renaissance Topics In French
Early Modern Topics In French
19Th Century Topics In French
Capstone Requirement
FRE 501Capstone3
Additional Graduation Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students Not needed by students who place into MTH 1133
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Language Requirement (3-9 credits) 2
Minor15
People & Society Cognate 39
STEM Cognate 49
Natural Science Course 53
Advanced Writing & Communication 63
Electives 742
Total Credit Hours120
1

 In consultation with their FRE advisor students can have up to 1 course (3 credits) from among the MLL courses or FRE courses taught in English (numbered 310-319) count toward their major.

2

 Students satisfy this requirement by the time they start the major with FRE 202

3

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society", the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a People & Society cognate.

4

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM", the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a STEM cognate.

5

This requirement is waived if the STEM cognate includes a Natural Science course from the approved list.

6

Students satisfy this requirement by taking four writing courses, at least one of which must be in one of the student's manor disciplines, since all FRE courses above 203/208 are designated as writing (WRIT) courses, all French majors satisfy this requirement by completing their major.

7

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Sufficient credits must be earned in electives to enable the student to complete this minimum of 120 credits. The exact number of elective credits required will vary depending on the number of credits needed to complete all other graduation requirements.

Suggested Plan of Study 

These  Suggested Plans of Study are samples of  four-year plans, but an individual student's actual plan is likely to vary from these sample plans in a number of ways, depending on such factors as (1) AP, dual-enrollment, and transfer credits that a student brings in; (2) the student's initial placement in composition, mathematics, and French; and (3) the minor chosen by the student, as well as any additional minor or major the student chooses to complete.  For example, a student is not required to complete a cognate in People & Society if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," and similarly, a student is not required to complete a cognate in STEM if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM."

For students starting the major with FRE 101

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
FRE 101 Elementary French I 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
FRE 102 Elementary French II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer
FRE 201 Intermediate French I 1 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
FRE 202 Intermediate French II 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
FRE 203 Advanced French 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Three
Fall
Choose one of the following: 2 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In French  
The Cultures of France  
The Cultures Of Francophone Africa, Canada, And/Or The Caribbean  
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Choose one of the following: 2 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In French  
The Cultures of France  
The Cultures Of Francophone Africa, Canada, And/Or The Caribbean  
300 Level FRE Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
FRE 394 FRE 394 Internship 3
Or any other 300 level FRE course
 
Pre- 20th Century Topic Course, choose one of the following: 3
Medieval And Renaissance Topics In French  
Early Modern Topics In French  
20th and 21st Century Tpoics in French  
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
FRE 501 Capstone 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
FRE 446 Debating Cultures and Societies in French 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

For students starting the major with FRE 203

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
FRE 203 Advanced French 2 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Choose one of the following: 2 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In French  
The Cultures of France  
The Cultures Of Francophone Africa, Canada, And/Or The Caribbean  
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
Choose one of the following: 2 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In French  
The Cultures of France  
The Cultures Of Francophone Africa, Canada, And/Or The Caribbean  
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
FRE 322 Topics in Global French Culture 2 3
Or any other 300 level FRE course
 
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
Ideally through a Faculty Led Study Abroad  
Pre-20th Century Topic Course, choose one of the following: 2 3
Medieval And Renaissance Topics In French  
Early Modern Topics In French  
19Th Century Topics In French  
Or other course on pre-20th Century topic
 
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
 
FRE 446 Debating Cultures and Societies in French 2 3
Or any other 400 level FRE course 2
 
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
Choose one of the following: 2 3
FRE 394 Internship  
Or any other 300 level FRE course
 
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
FRE 501 Capstone 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

 Ideally through Faculty Led Study Abroad

2

 Also satisfies Advanced Writing Requirement