Wheaton College Color Logo


French major

For complete information on courses please reference the college catalog.

Requires 32 hours of courses numbered 300 or above including the following:

Core Courses

Course             Name Hours
331   French Conversation
333   Global French: Introduction to Francophone World 4
347   Francophone Literature (offered odd years in the fall)
348   Adolescence & Early Adulthood in Modern French Literature 4

Senior Seminar
(Prerequisites: FREN 331, 333, 347/348, study abroad)



321   Linguistic Science
(Ling 321 offered Spring semester, B Quad)
371   Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
(FREN 371 offered in fall; Required for secondary education candidates)

Wheaton in Francophone Country
(or approved semester abroad, with equivalent classes) 

335    Francophone Civilization and Culture
(Offered in Francophone countries only)

338   Advanced French in Francophone Country
(Offered in Francophone countries only)

489   Topics in France
(Offered in France only)

Elective in French 

431   Advanced Conversation
(Offered alternate years)

432   Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
(Offered alternate years)
439   Topics in French Language and Literature
(Varied subjects including genre and movement studies, culture, and advanced language. May be repeated for credit)

2 or 4
495   Independent Study 2-4 


Note Bene: Majors must take 8 hours of literature, at least 4 of which must be selected from 347 or 348. Thus a student could fulfill the 8-hour literature requirement by taking 347 and 348, or 347 and two 2-hour lit. courses, or 348 and two 2-hour lit. courses. French Film counts as a literature course. Both 347 and 348 are strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in French.

French Minor

Requirements: 20 hours of French beyond intermediate level including FREN 331, 333 and 12 additional hours to be selected in consultation with department advisor. FREN 347 or 348 are strongly recommended, as is the the Wheaton in Francophone Country program. Other courses, which may include a study abroad program in the target language, should be selected in consultation with a French faculty advisor.