Bachelor of Arts in French

Become proficient in the French language with the Bachelor of Arts in French in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. In this 123-credit undergraduate degree program, you’ll immerse yourself in the language, and explore the rich history and cultural heritage of France and Francophone regions. 

The French BA program’s engaging linguistic experiences and small class sizes allow students to not only develop a strong foundation in French but also graduate ready and able to converse with native speakers. Students gain the communication skills needed to navigate the world across local, regional, national and global perspectives.

In addition to learning French, you’ll explore 

  • the cultural and social norms, practices and traditions of the many diverse regions of the Francophone world;
  • the evolution of French cinema, literature and art; and
  • how France’s rich, but turbulent, history helped shape the country as it is today.

Graduates have a comprehensive knowledge of French language, culture and societal structure, which is necessary in an increasingly interconnected world. Students in Temple’s foreign language programs are globally minded, observant and travel oriented, and they are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s study away opportunities to implement their studies in the real world. 

Students are expected to have a certain degree of French language education before entering the program. Learn more about the program’s admissions requirements

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Classes & Curriculum

In addition to Temple University and College of Liberal Arts course requirements, students in the French BA program will be required to complete 10 courses in French, including reading and composition.

Reading courses focus on techniques that promote understanding French texts without translating to English, and writing courses emphasize vocabulary and sentence patterns that are helpful for writing French. Students will also be required to complete two survey courses, which covers the movements, trends and events that shaped French literature throughout key time periods. 

Examples of elective courses available include the following.

  • Conversation
  • Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • French for Business
  • French Culture through Film
  • Topics in French Cinema and Literature

Learn more about the French BA program requirements

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Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year