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French Language and Literature


Programs in French language and literature teach people the spoken and written traditions of France.

French language and literature programs include topics such as:

French is spoken widely across the globe from Vietnam and Canada, to African and Caribbean countries such as Congo and Haiti, and other European countries, including Belgium and Switzerland.


In French language and literature programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges offer associate degree programs in French language and literature. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in French language and literature. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in French language and literature. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate that you can speak, read, write, and understand French at an advanced level.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in French language and literature typically require:

Things to Know

Students who major in French language and literature may be required or encouraged to spend some time living, working, and studying abroad. Most programs coordinate semester abroad or work internships. In most cases, you can participate in these after you have completed at least two years of language study.

Colleges that do not have complete programs in French language and literature may offer elective courses as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts.


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