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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

French Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA5221

College of Arts and Sciences   
Modern Languages Department  
Gordy Hall 283
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2765

Nikhil Sathe, contact person

Program Overview

The French major provides students with a base of knowledge not only in languages, but, just as importantly, in cultural content so vital for understanding and navigating the world. French majors learn to think analytically and critically in courses on Francophone  literature, culture, and film, and they acquire clarity of thought and expression through frequent writing assignments and speaking activities.

The French faculty is committed to mentoring and guiding students through the options of double majors, complementary certificate programs, and elective courses. We limit our class sizes so professors can address the needs of individual learners and encourage dialogue, collaboration, openness, and critical thinking.

To complement course work, our French Club sponsors events such as conversation meetings, game nights, and film viewings. The French major challenges undergraduate students in a supportive environment where they can thrive and prepare themselves for a successful future.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

French majors are not limited to a specific career track. Many job listings include foreign language proficiency as a desirable or necessary tool.  Additionally, the ability to think analytically, communicate clearly, and understand people from diverse cultural backgrounds has served our graduates well in a wide range of professions. Ohio University French majors discover that current job listings call for the types of abilities they have acquired through their liberal arts education: communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, a capacity for problem solving, and the ability to learn quickly.

In consultation with a faculty mentor and with the help of Ohio University Career Services, students approaching graduation can identify companies and organizations offering job opportunities that correspond to their personal interests. When recent graduates can employ their marketable skills in the pursuit of an individual passion, they greatly enhance their chances for success, satisfaction, and lifelong rewards.

Some of our students combine a major in French with a secondary discipline such as journalism, political science, education, sociology, or business, and then seek employment in print or broadcast media, government, teaching, social services, or industry. These students possess career-specific skills in addition to general knowledge and language proficiency.

Our majors often seek internships, either in the United States or abroad, to apply their foreign language skills in professional settings. With faculty guidance, our seniors have successfully competed for postgraduate awards such as Fulbright Scholarships. Many graduates enter M.A. and Ph.D. programs, either in French or another discipline, and go on to academic positions at universities. Others attend law school or medical school. Volunteer service abroad with organizations such as the Peace Corps provides training that can help a student identify a future career track.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Modern Languages Majors General Information

Courses in your major must be taken for a letter-grade (A-F). A grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in a course for those hours to count toward a major. All students majoring in a language are strongly urged to study abroad in one of the Department’s programs. A major in French or Spanish requires study abroad.  Suggested electives are classical languages, comparative literature, cultural anthropology, English, fine arts, history of the country in your major interest, and linguistics.

If you are an Arts and Sciences student interested in becoming licensed to teach languages K-12, please contact Anne Scott (scotta2@ohio.edu), the University Clinical Educator. Together you can plan how to complete the licensure requirements listed under Modern Languages in the Patton College of Education section of the catalog. Prospective teachers are highly encouraged to spend at least one semester in education abroad.

French Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 27 semester credit hours of FR coursework, beyond FR 2120 .

Core Requirements

Complete the following courses, each with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Language, Literature, and Culture Expansion

Complete four of the following courses, each with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Study Abroad

Complete a minimum of a 5-week approved study abroad in a French-speaking country.

Oral Proficiency Interview

Complete an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), resulting in a rating of Intermediate High or better.

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