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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 11021) (SIMS Code: 112701)

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in French courses can apply to the degree.

Students majoring in French must complete a minor in another field to be approved by the departmental adviser in French.

Impacted Program

The French major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the French major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major with a grade of C (2.0) or better;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(20 units)

Language Requirement

The language requirement is automatically fulfilled through coursework for preparation for the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience Requirement

All French majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, French majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or an academic year program. To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, French majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.


No more than one 400- or 500-level French course taught in English or HUM 310  may be applied to the major.

A minimum of 27 upper division units in French to include

Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments

Students selecting French as one of their departments in this major must complete all lower division preparation for the major or equivalent competency, and choose from among

Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students electing the study of French to fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences must successfully complete

Sequence of Coursework

Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements ” for additional ways to satisfy competency.

The usual sequence of coursework is

High School Equivalents

High school courses in language(s) other than English may be used for purposes of placement in college courses and may be counted toward meeting the language requirement in various majors. These high school courses will not count as college credit toward graduation.

Secondary school language courses can be used as follows:

  1. The first two years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first semester of a college level course.
  2. The first three years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first two college semesters.
  3. Four years of high school level language count as the equivalent of three college semesters or five college quarters, thus fulfilling the language requirement.

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