Major & Minor Requirements

The Major and Minor in French & Francophone Studies

Whether choosing a major or a minor in French & Francophone Studies, our program is intended to provide a liberal arts/professional approach to undergraduate education and to help students select the academic and professional orientation that will best prepare them to fulfill individual career and personal goals. 

For information regarding certification to teach French (K-12), please see the IWU Educational Studies page on teacher licensure in French .


The Major Sequence in French & Francophone Studies

10 Courses 

(Please go to the courses page for information on each individual course.)
1.  Intro to the Major:  French 203*
2. Advanced Language Studies: French 301 or 302
3. Literary Studies: French 303, 304 or 330
4. Humanities: French 315, 316, 317, 318 or 340
5. Social Science: French 310, 312 or 350
6. Advanced Language Study Abroad: French 360
7. Advanced Literary and Civilization Studies: French 405, 406, 407 or 408
8-10. Three electives at the 300 or 400-level

A minimum of one semester of approved study abroad in France or a French-speaking country is also required.  Click here for more details!
Students wishing to pursue Research Honors in French & Francophone Studies should plan to enroll in French 499 either fall or spring of their senior year.

The Minor Sequence in French & Francophone Studies

6 Courses

(Please go to the courses page for information on each individual course.)
1. Intro to the Minor: French 203*
2. Advanced Language Studies: French 301, 302 or 360
3. Literary Studies: French 303, 304, or 330
4. Humanities: French 315, 316, 317, 318 or 340
5. Social Science: French 310, 312 or 350
6. Advanced Literary and Civilization Studies: French 405, 406, 407 or 408

 *Placement test results or AP credit does not exempt students from taking the required number of courses for the major or the minor in French & Francophone Studies.  Students testing into the 300-level should substitute a 300-level elective for French 203. Furthermore, of the 10 courses required for a major and the 6 required for a minor, a minimum of 6 courses for the major and 4 for the minor must be taken in residence at IWU.

"The French and Francophone Studies major provides an excellent, meaningful, and well-rounded learning experience.  From introductory courses that provide a foundation for communication skills and grammar, the major includes wonderful classes that put skills into practice.  George Mitchell Courses in literature, civilization, and the arts allow students to practice and continually hone their French, while forcing them to think critically and exposing them to the cultural diversity of the Francophone world.  The required semester of study abroad is critical, because it provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French/Francophone culture."

- George Mitchell '12,
French educator, Palatine, Illinois

"The French and Francophone Studies major provides an excellent, meaningful, and well-rounded learning experience.  From introductory courses that provide a foundation for communication skills and grammar, the major includes wonderful classes that put skills into practice.  George Mitchell Courses in literature, civilization, and the arts allow students to practice and continually hone their French, while forcing them to think critically and exposing them to the cultural diversity of the Francophone world.  The required semester of study abroad is critical, because it provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French/Francophone culture."

- George Mitchell '12,
French educator, Palatine, Illinois