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French: Language, Literature & Cultures Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The program offers training in French language, literature and culture. An optional emphasis in business French is available, and students may study abroad in Paris. Most courses are taught in French. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101-First Year Composition 3
FREN 101 - Elementary French I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102-First Year Composition 3
FREN 102 - Elementary French II 4
Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Fren 201 - Intermediate French I 4
Fren 202 - Intermediate French II 4
4th Semester
FREN 301 - Pronunciation and Conversation 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
FREN 302 - Grammar, Usage, and Composition 3
5th Semester
FREN 310 - Spoken French in Cultural Context 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
FREN 320 - Written French in Cultural Context 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
FREN 410 - Film and Fiction 3
FREN 420 - Cultural History 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
French Mastery Level Option 3
French Mastery Level Option 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
French Mastery Level Option 3
FREN Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
9th Semester
FREN 498 - Senior Capstone 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a French major of French language and grammar, spoken and written translation, and French history, culture, literature, and film creates a strong and versatile career foundation. Graduates in French might work in education, business, translation, public or client relations, tourism, or defense, among other fields. This major is also excellent preparation for Peace Corps positions and graduate study in law, French, literature, or business.French, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Translation and interpretation
  • International business
  • Foreign relations
  • Education
  • Cultural preservation
  • Tourism
  • Defense intelligence
  • Sales and marketing

Sample Employers

  • Schools and colleges
  • Government agencies
  • Armed forces
  • Travel agencies
  • Resorts
  • Airlines and airports
  • Consulates
  • Food and wine industry
  • International business organizations
  • Libraries and archives
  • Media outlets

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
French Teacher, Secondary $35,000 - $53,200
French Instructor, Postsecondary $33,800 - $59,100
Book Conservator $22,320 - $36,660
Interpreter $34,000 - $45,500
Customs Inspector $38,900 - $68,800
English as a Second Language Teacher $25,970 - $46,310
Winery Publicist $30,000 - $80,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
Import-Export Specialist $19,000 - $50,000
Tour Guide $30,000 - $60,000
Foreign Student Adviser $35,000 - $60,000
International Relations Officer $24,680 - $86,750
Director of International Activities $50,000 - $100,000
Intelligence Officer $33,979 - $60,274