Program Description

The French program offers a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from language instruction to studies of civilization, culture, literature, and the arts. Language courses focus on all four skills—reading and listening comprehension, writing, and speaking. Non-language courses provide training in critical thinking while exploring cultural and literary themes in a historical context. The purpose of this major is twofold: to develop proficiency in written and spoken communication as well as to foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. The skills acquired will prepare students to pursue careers in education, journalism, business, linguistics, art, music, and international relations.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting literature and writing courses, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating in expressive and receptive forms in French.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the culture and history of the French-speaking world.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) units selected from the courses listed below:

  • FRNC 001 - Elementary French (5)
  • FRNC 002 - Elementary French (5)
  • FRNC 003 - Intermediate French (5)
  • FRNC 004 - Intermediate French (5)
  • FRNC 006 - Introduction to the Study of French and Francophone Literature (4)
  • FRNC 008A - French Conversation (2)
    or 
    FRNC 008B - French Conversation (2)
  • FRNC 009A - French Conversation (2) 
    or 
    FRNC 009B - French Conversation (2)
  • FRNC 010 - French Civilization (3)
  • FRNC 011 - Translating from French to English (2)
  • FRNC 012 - French Literature in Translation (3)
  • FRNC 014 - Writing in French (3)
  • FRNC 015 - Reading in French (3)
  • FRNC 016 - French and Communication (3)
  • FRNC 050 - French Cinema (3)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow. 


Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.