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BA in French Studies Boston University



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The major in French Studies encompasses broad and deep study of the language, literature, history, and culture of France and the Francophone world. Small, discussion-based courses conducted in French equip students with advanced knowledge and skills for understanding nuances of the French language and using it effectively in academic, daily, and professional contexts. Emphasis on the study of literature and film develops students’ cultural knowledge and skills for close, analytical reading and interpretive argumentation, through spoken and written engagement with major works, events, periods, and people responsible for shaping the history of France, its global reach, and the remarkable diversity of Francophone experiences and expression from the Middle Ages to the postcolonial present. The major also incorporates foundational knowledge of the field of linguistics, as a basis for analyzing the structure of the French language, its historical development, and variations in usage.

Learning Outcomes

Proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and the understanding of spoken French, at the advanced-low level as measured by ACTFL guidelines, and the ability to use these skills in a range of academic and everyday situations.

Advanced knowledge of French and Francophone literature (and in some cases film), with attention to its historical, generic, or cultural context.

The capacity to read critically and closely, to interpret texts, and to evaluate arguments about literary and cultural texts and topics.

The ability to formulate an organized, well-supported argument in writing; to write clearly and persuasively; and to observe ethical and precise citation practices.

A foundational knowledge of the field of linguistics.

Skills and knowledge gained through the major in French Studies provide an excellent preparation for continuing on to graduate study, as well as sought-after intercultural competence for globally and internationally oriented careers in education, international development, government, journalism, law, communications, business, health professions, and scientific fields.

Course options

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Full Time (Minimum of 128 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


College of Arts and Sciences

725 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Apply as a first-year student if you are currently in your last year of high school, have completed high school, are a GED recipient, or have completed a high school equivalency exam.

English Proficiency Testing Results:

Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - A total/overall score of 7 or higher will also satisfy BU’s English Language proficiency requirement for all programs.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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