About

French isn’t just a beautiful language; it’s a useful one. French speakers are in demand. France has the fourth-largest world economy, and more than 300 million people speak French worldwide. That number is predicted to spike to almost 500 million by 2025. Suffolk graduates often leverage their fluency with careers in banking, diplomacy, finance, and tourism management.

You’re invited to tailor your major to a specific focus: French or French Studies. French focuses primarily on language, literature, and civilization. French Studies is broader, with an English-speaking foundation and interdisciplinary choices that pertain to French culture.

The French Department is close-knit across both tracks. In this collaborative environment, you’ll enjoy weekly roundtable discussions called “Table Francais,” frequent cultural events, lectures, and movie screenings. Suffolk is also known for its supportive tutoring program, spearheaded by international students from French-speaking countries.

Economics and French

Some students combine the major with economics or international relations for an extra edge. The Department of World Languages partners with the Department of Economics to offer a double major in French and international economics, making you especially competitive in the job market.

La Sorbonne and CAVILAM Institute in Vichy

La Sorbonne is one of the oldest and most respected universities worldwide. Suffolk’s unique partnership allows you to study here for a semester or a year. You’ll enjoy cultural and linguistic immersion, residing with a host family while studying at the school’s historic Latin Quarter campus, coupled with the prestige of a Sorbonne education.

Additionally, Suffolk has partnered with the world-class CAVILAM Institute to offer intensive four- and eight-week courses in French. You’ll live among fellow students or with a host family for a truly holistic experience. The campus is in the heart of France, a three-hour train trip from Paris and two hours from Lyon. Tabs: French and French Studies tabs from the catalog

Minor

Minor Prerequisites:*

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

*The prerequisite may be waived if students choose to study for two months in CAVILAM, our intensive summer language partner program in Vichy, France. Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the online placement test in French have fulfilled the 201-202 prerequisite. To qualify for admittance to either minor, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average of “B” or higher.

French Minor

Four advanced courses:

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

One course from the Early Period:
  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

One course from the Modern Period, such as:
  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

French Studies Minor

Four advanced courses:

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • One course from the Early Period or one course from the Modern Period (see list above).
  • A maximum of two courses outside of the Department of World Languages and Cultural Studies. A current list is available in the department office.

AP Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of “4” or “5” on the AP French Examination have fulfilled the prerequisite for the minor.

A maximum of two courses taken at other institutions or as part of our intensive summer language partner program with CAVILAM can count toward the minor in French or French Studies.

Major

Prerequisites:*

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

*The prerequisite may be waived if students choose to study for two months in CAVILAM, our intensive summer language partner program in Vichy, France. Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the online placement test in French have fulfilled the 201– 202 prerequisite. To qualify for admittance to either major, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average of “B” or higher.

Eight Advanced Courses (32 credits)

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Including one literature course from the Early Period (4 credits) 

  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

One literature course from the Modern Period, such as:
  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

And a maximum of four courses outside of Department of World Languages and Cultural Studies. A current list is available in the department office.

*A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions, courses taken in our intensive summer language partner program with CAVILAM, or courses taken in a study abroad program in a French-speaking country can count toward the major.

Note:

French majors may obtain credit toward their major when they take FR 216, FR 320, FR 401, or FR 410 if they do supplemental work in French. Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the French-speaking countries (e.g., culture, politics, society) counts toward the major or minor programs.

AP Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP French Examination have fulfilled the prerequisite for the major.