Bachelor of Arts in French
The B.A. in French requires a total of 30 credits (10 courses above FRN 101 and FRN 102) in French, including a minimum of two FRN courses at the 400 level (with at least one among the following: FRN 412, FRN 473, FRN 474).
In addition, students must take a minimum of 42 credits at the 300 level or above for the B.A. Students can count for the French major a maximum of 15 credits in FRN transfered from abroad or any other institution.
The University of Rhode Island requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. All courses subject to approval by the French section. Visit our Advising FAQ page to learn more.
Dual Degree and Special Programs
FRENCH INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM (IEP)
Students in the French IEP earn a B.A. in French and a B.S. in an engineering major. As an IEP student, you’ll spend the fourth year of the five-year program abroad. During the first semester you will study full-time at our exchange partner university in France, the Université Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), where you’ll take coursework in French towards your engineering and French majors, as well as general education courses. You will then complete a six-month paid internship at an engineering firm in France. For more information visit the International Engineering Program (IEP) website.
FRENCH AND TEXTILES, FASHION MERCHANDISING AND DESIGN (TMD)
France is one of the world leaders in the luxury fashion market. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design may earn a second degree in French (Bachelor of Arts). You must complete the requirements for both degrees, but with careful planning, no extra semesters are required.
If you choose this dual degree you are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program experience and/or a professional internship in France or in another Francophone country. The Office of International Education and the respective departments will help you arrange semester-long or year-long programs with affiliate universities and institutes. Particularly attractive is URI’s exchange program with Mod’Spé, a fashion merchandising and marketing school in Paris.
In addition, you may study fashion at the University of Fashion’s four week Summer Session in Lyon, France (courses taught in English). Students who graduate with double degrees in French and TMD are well prepared to compete in the global fashion industry.
FRENCH AND PHARMACY
This dual degree program is undergoing exciting changes to expand opportunities for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science students. Currently, students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program may also earn a Bachelor of Arts in French (B.A.) with the possibility of earning two hospital rotations in Rennes, France (through our exchange agreement with the University of Rennes’ School of Pharmacy). You must complete the requirements for both degrees, including general education requirements. With careful planning, no extra semesters are required for this 6 year program (including rotations). With dual degrees in Pharmacy and French you will be well prepared to compete in the global pharmaceutical economy. In addition, the New England region is home to several francophone communities as well as a close neighbor to Quebec.
FRENCH INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROGRAM
The International Business Program (IBP) is designed tomeet the needs of business and industry in the rapidly evolving global marketplace and to prepare students for international careers. Students combine a B.A. in French with a B.S. in one of seven business degrees. Students may study at one of several partner universities in France or Canada and engage in internships with global companies.
FRENCH AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
The double major in French and Political Science is supported by specialized study opportunities at Sciences-Po at the University of Rennes in Northwestern France. At this partner university, Political Sciences majors can study Political Science, Economics and European Studies in French.
See the Learning Outcomes for French Majors.