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French

Fluency in a second language is a valuable skill. French is an official language of 28 countries on five continents, including France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal and Vietnam. Learning French will allow you to converse with and better understand people throughout the world. Along with English, French is the world's most important diplomatic language. It is an official language of such organizations as the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO and the international Red Cross.

France, one of the world's largest economies, is a leader in the export of luxury goods and technology. Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec is in itself one of the largest trading partners of the United States. For this reason, French is an important language for conducting business in the United States and elsewhere. Finally, French is unsurpassed as a language of culture. Discussions about literature, art, gastronomy and fashion inevitably start from and return to France. By studying French, you will be able to experience the varied products of French culture firsthand and to travel more easily in the world's top-rated tourist destination.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-FREN

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Romance Languages & Literatures
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

714 Old Chemistry
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Email: rll.dept@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-1950

Student Success Factors

Students in French usually possess strong verbal skills, some facility with languages and a desire to travel and interact with other cultures.

Career Possibilities

Students who have earned a BA in French have become:

  • Secondary education teacher
  • Instructor at colleges and universities
  • Foreign service officer
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Sales representative
  • Director of marketing
  • Lawyer

     

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Students of French study the language, culture and literature of France and other French-speaking countries. French majors develop linguistic skills and enrich themselves through the study of written and oral communication, literature, culture, civilization and business.

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements allowing for multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • History
  • International affairs
  • Art history 
  • Music
  • Fashion

     

Minor Details

To obtain the minor in French (or French certificate for graduate or non-degree students), you must complete the following:

A total of at least 21 credit hours in French at 2000-level and above:

Pre-Requisite Courses (not applicable toward 21-hour minor requirement):

A. For beginning students, complete or place out of the basic language sequence:

FREN 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014 (Extended Basic French), 12 credits
or
FREN 1001, 1002 (Basic French), 10 credits

B. Complete or place out of Composition and Conversation:

FREN 2015, 2016 (French Composition and Conversation), 6 credits

Students who take the courses may count 2015, 2016 as electives toward the total number of 21 hours of credit for the minor.

C. Required Courses:

  • FREN 3001 (French Grammar and Composition), 3 credits
  • FREN 3041 (Introduction to French Literature), 3 credits

D. Elective Courses, 9-15 credits:

Students choose FREN courses at the 3000 level or above (FREN 2015, 2016 will count for those starting at the 2000-level and earning a B or higher). Students must earn a minimum of 9 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences at UC. Of these, a minimum of 6 credits toward the minor must be at the 2000-level or higher. FREN 4001 is strongly recommended.

Total hours required in the French minor: 21

Per the department's undergraduate policies, students need to earn a C or higher in all classes counting towards the French minor.

Click here to declare the minor online

Curriculum

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

French (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirement
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses, SS, 6
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective , HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course - may double count , SE, TI, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 3
    Prerequisite Course
    • FREN2016, French Composition and Conversation II, DC, HU, 3
    3000 - level Required Courses
    • FREN3001, French Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3002, Speaking in French about France/Francophone Culture , DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3041, Introduction to French Literature, DC, HU, 3
    4000 - level Required Course
    • FREN4001, Advanced Grammar and Composition, 3
    Capstone
    • FREN5001, French Capstone, 1
    Department Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Electives, 24
    Important Information
    • N/A
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 44 - 47
    Groupings:
    Electives
    • FRENxxxx, Must be in discipline: FREN, 21

French (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirement
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses, SS, 6
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective , HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course - may double count , SE, TI, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 3
    Prerequisite Course
    • FREN2016, French Composition and Conversation II, DC, HU, 3
    3000 - level Required Courses
    • FREN3001, French Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3002, Speaking in French about France/Francophone Culture , DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3041, Introduction to French Literature, DC, HU, 3
    4000 - level Required Course
    • FREN4001, Advanced Grammar and Composition, 3
    Capstone
    • FREN5001, French Capstone, 1
    Department Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Electives, 24
    Important Information
    • N/A
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 44 - 47
    Groupings:
    Electives
    • FRENxxxx, Must be in discipline: FREN, 21

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Study Abroad
The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures strongly encourages students to study abroad. We sponsor a variety of programs of different durations in different countries-- from Mexico and Spain to France, Italy and Brazil. Learn more about Study Abroad.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC math placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC math placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.