Major and Minor

French Studies offers both a major and minor as listed below. Please also see the language requirements as required by the College.

Major Requirements

Majors in French and Francophone Studies are required to take 10 courses above the intermediate level (1122). The required courses are:

  • choice between 1138 (Advanced Grammar) and 1140 (Writing and Stylistics)
  • choice between 2211 (Literature and Culture in the French-Speaking World) and 2212 (Literature and  Culture in the French-Speaking World II)
  •  3970 (Research Seminar)

  • The French Division of the Department will facilitate an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) French Proficiency certificate to all majors during  their senior year.  Contact person is the coordinator of the French and Francophone Studies program.

Minor Requirements

Minors in French and Francophone Studies are required to take 4 courses above the intermediate level  (1122), which often include taking 1131 (Conversation and Composition I) and 1132 (Conversation and Composition II). FRE 2211 (Literature and Culture in the French-Speaking World) is recommended but not required for the minor.

Additional notes

Once a sequence of language courses has begun, a student may not revert to a lower-level course. Students may obtain up to six credits through the Villanova summer program abroad in France. 

The Department of Romance Languages also offers literature courses in English translation. Such courses may be used to fulfill a Humanities elective; however, they may not be used toward credit requirements for a language major or minor. An upper-level literature course in any language taught in the Department may count for the minor in the language.

For information, please see the web site address above, or contact the Coordinator of the French and Francophone Studies program.