College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
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- For more information about French, please see Languages, Philosophy & Communication Studies website.
- Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that this plan is only a general guideline and that student-specific plans may differ. * Please make sure to consult regularly with your departmental advisor to confirm what courses will be available and to work out your plan of study.
- Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and logon to DegreeWorks to check student-specific program progress.
Minimum University Requirements
Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)
|Credits of C- or better
||Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)
|Total USU Credits
||Upper-division USU Credits
|USU Credits within the Major
||Credits in Minor (if required)
|Credits in Major
||Credits in American Institutions
|General Education Requirements
||University Studies Depth Requirements
|NOTES: highest MATH Requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL) course of the student's choice
Admissions Requirements for this Program
||Admitted to USU in Good Standing
|Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU
Students must complete the General Education Requirements .
Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements.
- If chosen as a major course:
FREN 3060 or FREN 4060
FREN 3090 or FREN 4090
will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
- Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)
Minimum Departmental Requirements
French Major 33
French Major, Teaching Emphasis 35 FREN & 29 SCED
French Minor 12
French Minor, Teaching Emphasis 20 FREN & 29 SCED
French Major, Teaching Emphasis without licensure 34
French Minor, Teaching Emphasis without licensure 19
Grade Point Average to Declare a Major or Minor 2.5 Career GPA
Grade Point Average to Graduate with Major or Minor 2.5 GPA within Major/Minor Classes
A minimum of 50 percent of minor credits must be earned at USU
At least half (50 percent) of the credits earned for these degrees must be completed in upper-division USU courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies, and having prefixes of FREN or LING. All other credits (including transfer and study abroad credits) must be approved by the French faculty in order to be counted toward these degrees.
Courses for French Majors and Minors require a minimum of C- or better.
Courses for French Majors and Minors may not be taken on a Pass/ Fail Basis (except for FREN 3030 )
Students with prior language credit or language experience should take the department placement test before admission to the French Major or Minor. Credits obtained in lower-division French courses cannot be applied toward the French major or minor programs.
French Major - Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (35 FREN credits & 29 SCED credits) (2.5 GPA)
For a teaching major or minor there is a minimum "C" grade requirement in all STEP, major and minor content requirement courses.
The following requirements only specify courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. To be licensed to teach in the Utah public secondary school system, students with a teaching emphasis must also complete additional courses (approximately 29 credits) required by the Secondary Education Program. For more information, please contact the Secondary Education Program, Education Building 330, or review the supplementary section, entitled Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline .
l. French and Linguistics Courses (35 credits)
A. Required Courses (29 credits)
B. Elective Courses (6 credits)
Students must complete 6 additional upper-division credits in coursework either not taken above or from the following list:
1 Students with foreign experience may be advised to enroll in FREN 3060 or FREN 4060 , depending upon results of a placement test and/or instructor's determination.
2 Only two credits of FREN 4920 may count toward the French Major or French Major— Teaching Emphasis.
3 It is recommended that LING 4100 be taken before FREN 4200 .
4 This course may be repeated one time for credit with different content.
5 Students should take FREN 4200 near the end of their coursework. Please note that FREN 4200 is offered every other year.
6 Students desiring to apply study abroad credits toward these degrees must obtain approval from the LPCS office prior to participating.
7 This course may be repeated for additional credit.
8 LING 3300 and LING 4400 must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the minor. These courses should be taken the Fall semester before student teaching LING 3300 and LING 4400 are listed in both the STEP and major requirements for those seeking the French Teaching Major/non-licensure so the non-licensure majors understand the complete list of requirements. See additional non-licensure information at bottom of page
Teaching Emphasis for French Major
French Major —Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure
To receive secondary school licensure, students must complete the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). For further information, review the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline.
Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-Language, Philosophy, and Communication Studies (29 credits)
Most of the courses listed below count for both teaching major emphasis and the teaching minor.
A. Level 1 (first semester in program)
C. Level 3
Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the course listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.
1 The Clinical Experience II course is taught under course number 4300 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.
2 The Special Methods II course is taught under course number 4400.
3 LING 4300 and LING 4400 must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the major or minor. These courses should be taken the Fall semester before student teaching. LING 4300 and LING 4400 are listed in both the STEP and major requirements for those seeking the French/German/Spanish Teaching Major/non-licensure so the non-licensure majors understand the complete list of requirements. See additional non-licensure information below.
French Major - Teaching emphasis without Secondary School Licensure (Major 34 credits)
(2.5 GPA required in major classes)
It is possible to have a teaching emphasis within a major or minor in French without receiving Secondary School teaching licensure. However, unless the student is an elementary education major, he or she would not be able to teach in Utah public schools (nor at many private ones). Graduating without licensure may allow employment at community colleges and universities.
In order to complete the French Major—Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under Section I (French and Linguistics Courses) of the French Major—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (31 credits), plus LING 4400 , for a total of 34 credits. LING 4300 is no longer required if doing non-licensure program.
French, German, and Spanish Major Programs
The goal of the French, German, and Spanish BA degree programs is to prepare students to be able to take advanced studies in these languages, literatures, and cultures; to be quality teachers of these languages, literatures, and cultures in the public schools; and to provide those who may enter other professions a solid grounding in these languages, literatures, and cultures, in order that they may function as members of the international community. The curricula supporting these goals includes courses in language, literature, civilization, culture, and linguistics. See the course requirements which follow.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement
Bachelor of Arts Degree
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:
- Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
- Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920 and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
- Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
- Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.
For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:
- Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
- TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.