Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

French Handout (pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? French is spoken by over 200 million people in the world. Knowing a second language, and especially French, is an advantage in a competitive job market.  Please visit, where you can find an advising worksheet, contact information, and a description of the sequence of courses.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: French Advising Planning Sheet.pdf
When should I first meet with my major department? As soon as possible once instruction begins.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

Based on the student’s last name. The student should email their advisor to set up an advising meeting.

Last names A-L: Dr. Missé:

Last names M-Z: Dr. Linton

Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No. Generally speaking, students can take a placement test during the first week of classes.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

They should see an advisor. There is considerable flexibility in the French Program to avoid this issue, with multiple courses satisfying every required cluster of the major/minor.

Language (choose one)

  • MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Languages (3 units)
  • FR 301 French Phonetics (3 units)
  • FR 450 Translating Themes: English/French (3 units)
  • FR 304 Advanced Grammar (3 units)

II. Composition

  • FR 305 French Composition (3 units)

III. Culture(choose one)

  • FR 400GW French Culture (3 units)
  • FR 410 Contemporary French Civilization (3 units)

IV. Literature(choose one)

  • FR 500 Introduction to Literary Texts (3 units)
  • FR 501 Contes et Poèmes (3 units)
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

French Faculty do not hold office hours unless they are teaching, but all the faculty is available via email to answer questions and refer students to the appropriate major/minor advisors within the Program.

Please note that FR 101 and FR 102 will be 4-unit courses starting in Fall 2017 (They had previous been 5-unit courses).

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Transfer students should meet with advisors and take an online placement test through iLearn.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? FR 305, French Composition is a required course for many upper-division courses, so upper-division students might want to consider that course to start. Students must select one course from each of 4 categories of required courses.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Freshman may enroll in ANY undergraduate French class. If they have no previous French experience, they should enroll in FR 101. If they have previous French experience, they should take a free online placement test through ilearn (they should email an advisorto be enrolled for the test): Last names A-L: Dr. Missé:; Last names M-Z: Dr. Linton

The Sequence of Classes is as follows: Lower Division:

Beginning: FR 101/FR 102

Intermediate: FR 215/FR 216

Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements:

Lower Division GE requirements (C2): 101, 102, 215 and 216.

Social Justice: 215, 216

Global Perspectives: 101, 102, 215, 216, 301, 305, 306, 400GW, 410, 450, 500, 501

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

See above on the online placement test, however, incoming Freshmen should enroll in French courses based on their previous experience even before taking the placement test. As a general guideline, students having taken 1 year of high school French should enroll in FR 102, while students having taken 2 years of high school French should enroll in FR 215. Those are not fixed rules; a placement test and interview with an adviser can yield more precise results.

The Placement Test in French can be taken via ilearn — please consult your advisor for further details.  There are 45 questions in the online test:

  • A grade above 40 = Student should enroll in upper division courses.
  • A grade above 30 = Student should enroll in FR 216
  • A grade above 20 = Student should enroll in FR 215
  • A grade above 10 = Student should enroll in FR 102
  • A grade less than 10 = Student should enroll in FR 101
Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
A 4 or 5 on the AP Exam typically means that students will be ready to enroll in upper-division courses, since the exam is equivalent to 4th semester French. Students earning a 3 are suggested to take FR 215 or FR 216.



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