The study of French is conducive to proficiency in oral and written communication and also provides training in a humanistic discipline. It enhances enjoyment of travel abroad, foreign films, and great literary works. Students who achieve a mastery of French may enter the teaching profession or work as translators, interpreters, or bilingual secretaries. Their skills are also useful in careers associated with international business, the Foreign Service, and the news media.
The undergraduate program in French includes a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor to accompany a major in another field. The Master of Arts degree program is described in the Graduate Programs section.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in French is 180 units, of which 78 or 82 units are in the major. These major units include one year (12 units) of first-year college level language studies other than English and the target language (French).
The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in two options: a General Option and a Single-Subject Matter Preparation option (for students planning to earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential after the B.A.).
At least 24 units must be earned in residence at Cal State L.A. FREN 200ABC is prerequisite to entrance into the program and may be satisfied by appropriate high school or college preparation or by examination.
In order to take courses numbered above FREN 301, students must demonstrate speaking and writing competency at the intermediate-mid level through successful completion of FREN 299.