Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

French, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1)  Demonstrate mastery of the syntax, morphology, and semantics of the target language in both written and spoken form.
2)  Demonstrate knowledge of the organization of the target language’s sound system and the production of said sounds.
3)  Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of the basic branches of linguistics, such as syntax, morphology, phonology, and sociolinguistics as they pertain to the target language.
4)  Demonstrate recognition of social and regional variation.
5)  Demonstrate knowledge of distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of the country or countries where the target language is spoken.
6)  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the patterns of social interactions, as well as the meanings, attitudes, values, and ideas of the target cultures.
7)  Demonstrate knowledge of the main authors, literary trends, and styles connected with a given course’s focus and time period.
8)  Demonstrate mastery of the technique of analyzing literature through close reading and the application of literary theory appropriate to the undergraduate level.
9)  Be able to conduct research and write a research paper of an appropriate length for the undergraduate level, in conformity with the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines and format (as required by area of study).

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 32-36

Basic Requirements: (32-36 Credits)

One course in linguistics from


NOTES: A minimum of 32 credits of FREN at the 300 and/or 400 level is required for the major. A minimum of 16 credits (including FREN 301  and FREN 302 ) must be taken at Geneseo.

Recommended:   Study of a Second language and/or Study Abroad

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all 300- and 400-level courses in fulfillment of the 30-hour requirement for the major.

Department Writing Requirement

During their Junior year, students will write a 500- to 600-word essay in the target language under examination conditions. Students will have 2 hours to write on a topic provided at the time of the examination. Students may use bilingual dictionaries and/or dictionaries of the target language. Written proficiency must be at or above the Advanced Low Level
of Proficiency as described in the Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. To take the exam, students must contact the Department’s secretary at (585) 245-5247. NOTE: The exam can only be attempted once per semester. For further information, please contact your advisor or visit the Department’s website.

Sample Course Map

For students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map


Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.  


*These courses are recommended by the Department; they are not requirements. A minimum of one semester of study abroad is strongly recommended by the Department.

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science


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