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What will I learn?

The French major prepares students to teach at the secondary or K-12 level. It requires completion of the 30 credit hour major described below, completion of a minor in an approved department and completion of professional development courses in Modern Foreign Languages and in the College of Education (see College of Education section of the catalog).

It is strongly recommended that a minimum of 6 credit hours be taken abroad in a country where the language of study is spoken. These 6 credit hours can be taken to fulfill required or elective courses in the major with instructor approval.

All foreign language majors or minors who are candidates for teacher certification at any level must also pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with a minimum rating of Advanced Low.

Core Courses (4 cr)

At least one course from the following:

FREN 311 - Advanced French 4 cr
FREN 315 - Advanced French 4 cr
FREN 313 - Advanced French 4 cr
FREN 314 - Advanced French 4 cr

Required Courses (16 cr)

FREN 411 - Oral Communication 4 cr
FREN 412 - Written Communication 4 cr
FREN 413 - France and the French-Speaking World 4 cr
FREN 414 - French/English Translation 4 cr

Additional Electives

Additional credits in FREN courses numbered 300 or greater to total a minimum of 30 credits.

Required Course(s) for Certification

In addition to 30 credits in French, students must complete College of Education Secondary Education courses and one of the following Language Methods requirements.

Required for secondary certification:

MFL 466 - Sec Foreign Language Methods 3 cr

Required for K-12 certification:

MFL 465 - Elem Foreign Language Methods 3 cr
MFL 466 - Sec Foreign Language Methods 3 cr

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,639.00 per year
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have 60 credits with a GPA of 2.75,

For international students

Students must have a high school equivalent. Minimum GPA: 2.0. English Language Scores: TOEFL (iBT) - 61, IELTS - 5.5, PTE - 45, ELS Certificate - 110, Education First - B2. Application Deadlines: Fall (August) Semester: July 1; Winter (January) Semester: November 1; Spring (May) Semester: March 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.