French Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

The program stress the importance of students meeting each semester with their appointed faculty advisor to ensure a coherent and adequate course of study and students with previous exposure to French must take a web-based language placement test to determine the appropriate course level in which to enroll when selecting their first French language course. Of the ten courses required for the French major, only one may be a course taught in English (indicated under either the 211 and 212 prefixes with a MLL-ENGL POS-Tag. Six of the ten courses must be completed through the French Program at JHU on the Homewood campus. The program encourages students to study abroad and students should be sure to follow all required procedures for the approval of study abroad coursework. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better and may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Required Courses
AS.210.301Advanced French for Writing 3
AS.210.302Advanced French for Speaking 3
AS.212.333Introduction à la littérature française I 3
AS.212.334Introduction à la littérature française II 3
AS.210.417Eloquent French (no later than fall of senior year) 3
AS.212.353La France Contemporaine3
Elective Courses 112
At least one course numbered AS.212.4xx is required for the major
Up to one course numbered AS.210.3xx-4xx (in French) may be counted towards the major 2
Up to one course listed as with POS-Tag MLL-FREN may be counted towards the major
Any remaining electives must be AS.212.3xx-4xx
Total Credits30

No more than one course may be taught in English.


Courses that currently apply include: AS.210.306 Medical French : Santé et Société, AS.210.309 The Sounds of French, and AS.210.409 Le monde francophone.

Sample Program of Study

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 4 4
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 3 3
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 AS.210.3xx-4xx or AS.212.3xx-4xx course3
 6 9
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.210.4173AS.212.3xx-4xx elective3
AS.212.3333AS.212.4xx elective3
AS.211.3xx-4xx or AS.212.3xx-4xx elective3 
 9 6
Total Credits 44

Honors in French

Qualified majors may earn Honors in French by meeting the minimal GPA requirement (3.7 in all French classes) and completing four credits capstone thesis. This includes the 1-credit “Thesis Prep” (AS.212.429 Honors Thesis Prep) and the 3-credit “Senior Thesis” (AS.212.430 French Honors Thesis). Note that these courses, usually taken in the Senior year, are in addition to the 10 required three-credit courses of the major.