French and Francophone Studies majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. French (based on language placement)
  2. A course of your own choosing (recommendations below)
  3. A course of your own choosing (recommendations below)

1 st Semester Courses

If you are interested in the French and Francophone Studies major, the first step is to take the language proficiency exam so that you can be placed in the language or culture course that best meets your current proficiency level. Information about the placement test can be found here:

Once you have taken the test, you will receive an email notifying you about the language/culture course you should take. Your major adviser will be in touch with you about other course choices, such as electives, courses in a potential minor or a second major.

As a French and Francophone Studies major, you will be required to complete two courses on the 200-level (FREN 203 and FREN 204). If you test at the 200-level, you will begin your course work in one of these courses. If you test at a lower level, you will be placed in FREN 103 or FREN 104. In this case, you should try to enroll in a culture or literature course offered in English. You may want to consider FREN 213 "Topics in French-American Relationship" or FREN 220 "Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature." Talk to the French adviser about possible courses. If you place above FREN 204, you can enroll in literature and culture courses taught in French. You should discuss your options with your advisor.

If you are coming to CUA with credit from AP French (or experience studying/living in a French country), you may be able to test into the 300-level of French courses. If so, it would be good for you to take the gateway course FREN 300 ("Thinking Critically: Literature, Film and Media in the French-Speaking World") in your freshman year. It deals with "the political, social, economic, artistic, and intellectual currents that shaped France and its literature up to the 20th Century, as well as the forces that helped spread French influence far beyond Europe."

If you are majoring in French and Francophone Studies, you may want to consider EURO 202/POL 202, which is one of the gateway courses for the Certificate in European Studies. More information about the program can be found here: If you are combining your French and Francophone Studies degree with another major or minor, you should make sure to take the first required course for that program. Your undergraduate advisor will be able to help you with these choices.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.