Jun 13, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

French, B.A.

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In addition to the other requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students will complete 27 semester hours in French at the advanced level (3000 and 4000) to include the following:

  1. Six semester hours at the advanced level, as follows: FREN 3313  and FREN 3320 .
  2. Fifteen semester hours chosen from 3000 or 4000 level language and culture courses.
  3. Six semester hours of French or Francophone literature courses at the 4000-level.

Students starting a major in French should work in close consultation with the departmental advisor to ensure that their degree plan is coherent, well-balanced and appropriate to their long-range goals.

French majors must earn at least a 2.50 grade point average in all French courses counting toward the major and attempted at the University of Houston. Some of the above requirements may be satisfied by courses from the department’s program in France (see above). Students majoring in French are encouraged to seek advice concerning their degree objectives from the department’s undergraduate advisor during their first or second semester at the University of Houston.

In addition to the requirements in French, students majoring in French will choose a minor, to be approved by the department, in a field complementing the study of French and relevant to the students’ career interests. Suggested minors include other languages, English, Art History, Classical Studies, History, Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, or another minor of particular interest to the individual student. Specific prerequisites and requirements for minors are described in the appropriate sections of this catalog.


Prerequisites for all the advanced courses in French include the equivalent of at least six semester hours in second-year college French. Students with credits in high school or college French must take a placement test before entering a French course at the University of Houston.

Students with no high school French may satisfy the first-year requirements by completing both of the
following courses:
First Semester: FREN 1501 
Second Semester: FREN 1502 

Students may satisfy the second-year requirements by completing six hours from the following courses:

First Semester: FREN 2301 
Second Semester: FREN 2302 

Students may also satisfy the second-year requirements in the summer program in France.

Credit by Examination

The department does not award credit by examination for elementary French. Students may obtain up to six hours of credit in intermediate (2000-level) French by special examination, administered by the department. Credit may be awarded by special examination for FREN 3313 . No credit by exam is awarded for other 3000-level French except by a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam or by special permission.

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