The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers an A.B. Degree in French and a minor 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.

Major in French

Requirements for the A.B. in French

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). 

Please note:

  • AP credits count toward the major. See AP section of the Bulletin for details.
  • At least 5 of the 10 required courses have to be taken at Georgetown.
  • French 151 and French 161 do not count toward the major.
  • 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.

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.

Study Abroad 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 in France and Francophone countries–many of which require direct matriculation and must meet the overseas studies standards and guidelines established by the Office of Global Education

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 Study Abroad 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.

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. 

Requirements for the Minor

Students minoring in French must take a total of six French classes, beginning at the Intermediate Level or above, including at least one Gateway course (250 or 251).

Following the Advanced Level, the typical progression to the minor is as follows: students completing (non-intensive) FREN-102 will take FREN-151 before enrolling in Gateway 250 or 251; students completing (intensive) FREN-112 will enroll directly in Gateway 250 or 251.

Additional notes:

  • AP credits count toward the minor. See AP section of the Bulletin for details.
  • At least three of the six required courses have to be taken at Georgetown.
  • French-161 (Topics for Oral Proficiency) does not count toward the minor.

Please click here to see our Guidelines for Credit Transfer from Study Abroad

African Studies Certificate

See the African Studies Certificate section in the Bulletin.

European Studies Certificate

See the European Studies Certificate section in the Bulletin.