Example Course Plan

For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond,  French & Francophone Studies  is no longer available as a major or minor.

French & Francophone Studies Course Plan (first 3 semesters)

This is an example course plan based on the 2019-2020 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.

Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

*Students with AP score of 5 may begin immediately in FREN 301/302; those with an AP score of 4 may begin in 203.  In the absence of AP scores (or scores lower than 4), placement in 203 or 301/302 may still take place, depending on how the student scores on the university placement test in French. If an entering French & Francophone Studies major does not place out of the basic sequence, then s/he must complete the basic sequence prior to taking FREN 203.


Year 2

Fall Semester

**If you choose to take two FREN courses, eliminate one General Education Course from your schedule.

Spring Semester

  • Choose up to two of the following **:
    • French Civilization Course (FREN 315, 316, 317, 318) (CHC, G)
    • Introduction to Literature Course (FREN 303, 304) (LIT)

**If you choose to take two FREN courses, eliminate one General Education Course from your schedule.


Study Abroad

A minimum of one semester of study abroad is required for the major. The recommended semester(s) is: spring, second year; fall or spring, third year; or fall, fourth year.

Additional Information
  • Please note that even with first semester placement into a class lower than FREN 203 (i.e., 201 or 102), a major in French & Francophone Studies is still quite possible. In fact, many of our majors are placed in 201 or 102 when they enter IWU.
  • Any students interested in a major or minor should contact one of the FFS faculty directly and as soon as possible, in order to beginning planning for future course scheduling, study abroad, etc.