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World Languages and Cultural Studies



Major Concentration in French

The concentration in French requires completing a minimum of 30 credits, consisting of a minimum of 8 courses with at least 6 beyond FRE 2020.

Courses beyond FRE 2020:

  • FRE 3010 - Composition and Culture
  • FRE 3020 - Conversation and Culture
  • FRE 3030 - Cinema of the French-Speaking World
  • FRE 3040(W) - Five Centuries of French Civilization in Films
  • FRE 3050 -  Actualités du monde francophone
  • FRE 3110 - Survey of French Literature I
  • FRE 3120 - Survey of French Literature II           
  • FRE 3130 - Studies in Modern French & Francophone Literature I
  • FRE 3140 - Studies in Modern French & Francophone Literature II
  • FRE 3510 - French Civilization I
  • FRE 3520 - French Civilization II
  • FRE 4900 - Directed Study

Minor Concentration in French

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

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

Students pursuing a major or minor concentration in French are strongly advised to spend one semester of foreign study at the Université catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France.  Please visit the Office of Global Education (GEO) web page for further detailed information.

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


Dr. Sylvie Pressman