The French Studies major strives to bring together French language, culture and history from around the world, as means to understanding their combined influence on the global stage. French Studies will combine coursework stressing interpersonal development, intercultural capacities, and linguistic fluency as required by ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Its strong focus on interdisciplinarity, diversity and inclusivity will make this program the perfect embodiment of an effective Liberal Arts education as detailed in Trinity’s core values (perpetual discovery, enduring excellence, intentional inclusivity). Majors are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs in French-speaking (Francophone) countries.

Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements:

30 credit hours of coursework at the level of 2302 or higher, in French and related disciplines.

Specific requirements

A. FREN-3301 (passed with a grade of C or better; may be satisfied via credit by examination).

B. 15 more hours in courses with a FREN subject code.

C. 12 additional hours in courses chosen among those with a FREN subject code or among the French Studies electives listed. Alternatively, up to 6 of these 12 hours may be earned in upper-division courses in a language other than French or English.

Equivalent courses taken abroad and approved by the department may substitute for required courses.

Course ID Course Title
ARTH-1314 Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe
ARTH-3430 Art, Gender, and Patronage at the Court of Burgundy 
ARTH-3439 Art at the Courts of Europe, 1330-1416
ARTH-3451 Impressionism and the Avant-Garde
ARTH-3452 19th C Architecture & Urbanism
ARTH-3464 20th C Architecture & Urbanism
CMLT-1300 Introduction to Comparative Literature
ENGL-1315 World Literature
FILM-3320 (COMM-3320) History of World Cinema
FREN-3301  Advanced Grammar
FREN-3303 French and Francophone Civilization
FREN-3305 Introduction to French Literature I
FREN-4190 Reading and Conference
FREN-4191 Selected Topics
FREN-4303 Topics in French Literature of the 17th century 
FREN-4304 Topics in French Literature of the 18th century
FREN-4305 Topics in French Literature of the 19th century
FREN-4306 Topics in French Literature of the 20th century
FREN-4307 French and Francophone Cinema
FREN-4309 Survey to Francophone Literature
FREN-4390 Reading and Conference
HIST-1300 African Experience Before 1800
HIST-1301 African Experience Since 1800
HIST-3304 Religion in African History
HIST-3337 The French Revolution
HIST-3434 History of Paris
HIST-3436 French Empire in the Americas, 1500-1800
THTR-2316 Dramatic Literature
THTR-3332 History of Theater II
THTR-3336 Modern Theater

II. University requirements:

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours. 


In order to be granted full acceptance for admission to a major in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, a student must have completed the FREN-3301 course in that language with a grade of C or better.


The requirements for Honors in Modern Languages and Literatures are the same as the university requirements. A full description of the program is available in the departmental office.

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