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World Languages and Cultural Studies


Major in French

Students are required to take 8 courses (minimum 30 credits) with at least 6 beyond FRE 2020. Majors will be encouraged to spend one semester of foreign study in a country where French is the native language.

Courses beyond FRE 2020:
FRE 3010 Composition and Culture
FRE 3020 Conversation and Culture
FRE 3030 French Cinema I
FRE 3040(W) Five Centuries of French Civilization in Films
FRE 3050 Actualités Françaises
FRE 3110, 3120 Survey of French Literature I and II
FRE 3130, 3140 Studies in Modern French Literature I and II
FRE 3510, 3520 French Civilization I and II
FRE 4900 Directed Study

Minor in French

A minor in French requires a minimum of 18 credits consisting of a minimum of 5 courses. 

Teacher of French

Students interested in preparing for a career as a teacher of French at the secondary and middle school level, have the following two options: they may major in French or Romance Languages and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to obtain a 5-year preliminary Teaching Certificate in the teaching of foreign language. Alternatively, they may double major in French or Romance Languages and Education to obtain an Advanced Provisional Certificate.

Elementary Teachers can easily obtain a major in French or Romance Languages combined with an Elementary Education major. They will not need to take the MTEL in French.

Study Abroad and the French Major and Minor

The Department of World Languages & Cultural Studies strongly recommends that all majors and minors study abroad for a semester or more. The choice of program and the choice of courses must be approved beforehand by the department. Our French majors and minors are encourage to study in Angers, France.

At least half of the major course requirements must be taken at Merrimack College.


Dr. Sylvie Pressman