French (BA)


Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

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This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/International Languages and Cultures Department, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and appraise the complexities of a culture or cultures different from their own.
  • Identify multiple cultural perspectives based on original texts and cultural materials.
  • Critically analyze their own culture and its place in the world.
  • Question cultural stereotypes.
  • Demonstrate successful and sensitive communication, both orally and in writing, with people from another culture through an understanding of their language and culture.
  • Relate their personality, values and complex thoughts in a language other than their native one.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours (at minimum) in the language of the student's major.
  • A minimum of 24 of the 36 required credit hours in the specific foreign language must be at the 3000-level or above.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be successfully completed at Webster at the 3000-level or above. These 9 credit hours must include FREN 3090, FREN 3100 or FREN 4090; an introduction to literature course or a culture course; and a 4000-level seminar. These courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • The department requires one term (minimum 6-8 weeks) abroad in a country where the target language is spoken or an alternative cultural/linguistic experience approved by the department.
  • A cumulative grade average of B or better in courses taken in the language of the major.
  • A portfolio review and demonstration of oral proficiency (advanced low level on ACTFL scale) in a departmental overview (ILC 4700).
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Courses completed with a grade lower than C do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Courses at the 3000-level may only be taken pass/fail with permission of the chair of the department.

Teacher certification courses (e.g., ILC 4060) may not be used to satisfy upper-level coursework in the appropriate language.

Translation certificate courses (taught with TRSL and TRFR prefixes) may not be used to satisfy upper-level coursework in the appropriate language. 

Students whose primary language is not English must take English as a Second Language (ESLG) courses until they pass their English Language Proficiency requirements.