French Major (B.A.)

This is an archived copy of the 2017-2018 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit

The French major offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides knowledge of the language, literature, and culture of France and other French-speaking countries around the world. An undergraduate major in French is useful in a variety of careers, such as business, law, government or public service, and teaching. Check out our alumni stories here.

A major consists of 40 credits in courses numbered 631 or above, in which readings are in French. Coursework for the French major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Majors are required to take:

FREN 631Advanced French Conversation and Composition I4
FREN 632Advanced French: Listening and Speaking4
FREN 651Readings in French Literature4
FREN 652Readings in French Literature4
FREN 790Advanced Language and Style4
Select at least two 700-level literature courses at the Durham campus8
Other elective courses12
Total Credits40

Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The UNH-managed program in Dijon is highly recommended and offers year- and semester-long options. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in consultation with a major adviser and the UNH Center for International Education. Students in majors with inflexible curricula (like engineering, some sciences, and health care) who wish to complete a second major in French should consult with a French adviser about possible alternate means of satisfying the study abroad requirement.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.