French Studies

French Studies
Hours31.5 - 46.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Students must complete the requirements for a primary major in another field.
The French and Italian Department requires a minimum of 15 major hours to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
requirement 4 Complete 2 courses
requirement 5 Complete 5 courses
Courses taken to complete requirements above may not be double counted here. NOTE 1: Students may substitute up to two approved courses from their primary major that are related to this French major. Each course must be approved by the French undergraduate coordinator and will require a "French secondary major course substitution approval form" signed by the professor in their primary major. NOTE 2: A minimum of three of the five elective courses must be taught in French.
requirement 6 Complete 1 course
Program Outcomes

Language Competence

Demonstrate advanced proficiency in French language skills. For speaking and writing, "advanced" corresponds to officially designated ACTFL guidelines and ratings.


Analyze the literature, language, and cultures of the French-speaking world, drawing upon an ability to evaluate and synthesize relevant primary and critical sources.

Critical Thinking

Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate literary, cultural, and linguistic problems from the French-speaking world and to discuss them in clear written and oral expression.

Portable Competencies

Graduates in French are able to synthesize and interpret information, communicate effectively, and navigate cultural difference. They can articulate the value of their humanities degree and the relationship between their academic experience and personal and professional goals. This results from coursework but also from experiential learning such as study abroad and internships.