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French Major, Minor, and Certificate

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French Major, Minor, and Certificate


The French major helps students develop skills in reading, writing and oral communication while providing them with a rich understanding of the literature, cinema, history, and traditions of one of more Francophone cultures. In all classes, students focus on communication and communities, comparisons and connection, and culture. As they improve their linguistic skills and study various forms of cultural production from other nations, French majors also strengthen their ability to analyze and interpret in a way that contributes to their education above and beyond courses they take for the major. Through study at Temple, often enhanced by study abroad, French majors gain insight into their own identities and assumptions in relation to others. Majors complete the program with an ability to communicate, a grounding in literary tradition, and an awareness of cultural differences that has become increasingly important in the contemporary world.


The French major is a good preparation for a career that requires analytical thinking and communication skills in general, which includes the domains of education, business, government service, travel, and tourism. It is a good major or a second major for students planning to attend law or medical school. Studies have shown that learning a foreign language helps raise scores on the LSAT, GRE, and MCAT exams. This course of study also proves valuable to anyone who plans to work for a multinational corporation.


French courses are often small, allowing students to get to know each other and their professors well. The program helps prepare students enrolled in the School of Education for careers teaching French and provides the opportunity to students enrolled in the Fox School of Business to acquire a certificate in French with a special course on French in the business world. Outside of class, students can share conversation and activities with an on-campus group for French speakers and gather at occasional film screenings and other events. Finally, those who are interested in publishing can help edit Temple's annual literary magazine for world languages, In Other Words.


If you have any questions about the French program at Temple, please contact any of the following French faculty:

Dr. Wilbert J. Roget (Associate Professor) at

Dr. Beth Curran (Associate Professor/Instruction) at

Dr. Laura Spagnoli (Associate Professor/Instruction) at


Louis Mangione, Acting Chair
347 Anderson Hall


Ruth Thomas, Faculty Advisor 
548 Anderson Hall


Stephanie Smith
539 Anderson Hall 



Requirements for the Major and Minor in French:

For complete information on major requirements please visit

For complete information on minor requirements please visit


Summary Of Degree Requirements


Academic Programs / Liberal Arts 


1. University Requirements

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.

  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.

  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Humanities majors, 6 upper level credits must be earned in the Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies , or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.

  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;

  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;

  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;

  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or

  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements: Ten courses in French (30 s.h.)

  • Specifically required courses: French 2001, 2041, 2096, 3096, 3101, 3102

  • Electives in French (may not overlap with the above required courses):

    • One course numbered 2002 or higher
    • One course numbered 3000 or higher
    • Two courses numbered 4000 or higher


5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.






Department of French, German, Italian, and Slavic Languages
Anderson Hall 525 | 1114 West Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090
tel: 215-204-1760 ~ fax: 215-204-7752 ~ email: