The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers both a major and a minor in French.

Major in French

French majors at Georgetown enjoy a number of opportunities that enable them to achieve among the highest levels of linguistic and cultural competency in respect to their peers at other top-tier universities.  After achieving linguistic proficiency, French majors develop an in-depth critical appreciation of French and Francophone cultures and literatures; they acquire the tools to analyze and interpret texts; and they continue to refine their linguistic knowledge through the exploration of a rich variety of content areas.  Eligible French majors also have the opportunity to write a Senior Honors Thesis, which serves as a capstone for their studies and allows them to consolidate and further refine their research and writing skills.

Students should select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisors and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, particularly with reference to their overall academic and career goals.

Required Courses

10 French courses (unless lower placement requires additional language study), consisting of:

  • 2 Intensive Advanced (FREN-111 and 112)
  • 2 Gateway to Culture/Literature (FREN-250 and 251)
  • 6 Upper-Division Electives including at least one from the pre-1800 Literature group, one from the post-1800 Literature group, one from the Culture and Civilization group, and one from the post-advanced Language group (including courses in Linguistics, History/Development of the Language, Performance, and French for Professional Purposes). A minimum of 4 of the 6 upper-division electives must be at the 300–400 levels. At least two of these 300–400 level courses must be taken at Georgetown.
Integrated Writing Requirement

Because writing is integrated and emphasized across our curriculum, students will fulfill the integrated Writing Requirement through the fulfillment of major requirements.

Overseas Studies requirement

French majors are normally required to study in a French or Francophone university during their undergraduate years in the context of a one-semester, full-academic year, or intensive summer program. Georgetown offers excellent programs at the Universities of Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, and Strasbourg, Sciences Po Paris, as well as in Belgium, Cameroon, Morocco, and Senegal. Most of these offer direct matriculation opportunities and all meet the overseas studies standards and guidelines established by the Office of Global Education and the Dean's Offices of the four undergraduate schools. 

The Department of French and Francophone Studies also sponsors a six-week dual-track summer study program in Tours-Paris: all students complete a two-week culture integration workshop in Tours, following which some students continue language/culture study in Tours and others pursue a politics and business program in Paris. See the Overseas Study section of this Bulletin concerning university regulations and the Study Abroad section of the Department of French and Francophone Studies Website for credit transfer guidelines.

African Studies Certificate

See the African Studies Certificate section in the Bulletin.

Certificate in European Studies

See the European Studies Certificate section in the Bulletin.

French Major with FLL Business Coursework

See the Business Coursework section of this Bulletin.

The E. Joseph McCarthy Scholarships

These scholarships, based on need and merit, have been established to support overseas study for students participating in Georgetown University’s Summer Program in Tours-Paris, France, and for French majors studying for a semester or a year in France or a Francophone country. Eligible applicants selected for the McCarthy Scholarships will be awarded grants of $2,500 for the summer programs in Tours-Paris and $2,500 per semester for academic year programs. Interested students may apply by writing to Prof. Amadou Koné, Chair of the E. Joseph McCarthy Committee. See the E.Joseph McCarthy Scholarship for Overseas Study for application forms and complete information.

Minor in French

Students majoring in other subjects are welcome to minor in French. French minors achieve proficiency in the French language and then further develop their understanding of the French and Francophone world. By complementing their primary fields of study with a French minor, students will bolster their linguistic, cultural, and literary knowledge and further their exploration of the humanities. Students’ enhanced exposure to French and Francophone cultures comes coupled with more refined writing, research, and critical thinking abilities. Six semester courses are required, with the choice between one of the two following options:

Option 1:

  • FREN-011 & 032 Intensive Basic French, Intensive Intermediate French
  • FREN-111 & 112 Intensive Advanced French I & II
  • FREN-250 and 251 Gateway to Culture/Literature

Option 2:

  • FREN-021 & 022 Intermediate French I & II
  • FREN-101 & 102 Advanced French I & II
  • FREN-151 Advanced Grammar and Writing
  • Plus at least one of the following courses:
    • FREN-250 Gateway to Culture
    • FREN-251 Gateway to Literature

Please note: Appropriate exceptions to the sequencing and selection of courses toward the minor may be made with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Department Chair.

(For course listings for French see