If you wish to attain proficiency in French, and you’re fascinated with the French culture, you’ll appreciate this degree program, which will increase your personal interactions and will lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interactions and discover French civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview, as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs.

The French major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in the French language and to live intentionally as global citizens. The major focuses primarily on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced French and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in France, where the students will have the opportunity to apply their faith in the context of the French culture.

Course Requirements for a B.A. in French

Course Requirements for a French Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

FRE 1010–1020 Beginning French Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.

FRE 2010–2020 Intermediate French Language and Culture I and II

Continuation of language study, advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the francophone culture, language and people.

FRE 2050 French Conversation

This is an advanced, proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the francophone culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the francophone culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.

FRE 2100 Advanced Communication and Civilization

This course provides a link between basic language work and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class focuses on underlying currents of the evolution of French culture. Students explore historical events and figures, cultural movements and trends that have shaped the French culture. This class is taught in French.