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What do I have to do to get a BA in French?

To major in French you need 30 credits (10 courses) in classes numbered FRN103 or above and a minimum of two 400-level courses, one of which must be a literature course (FRN 412, FRN 473, or FRN 474). You also need to complete a total of 120 credits, 42 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. You must also fulfill all the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

What are the general education requirements?

You need to complete all the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. They are listed here: http://www.uri.edu/catalog/cataloghtml/ugrad/artsandsciences.html. Please note that the "Fine Arts and Literature" category is really a "Fine Arts" and a "Literature" category.

Are there general education exemptions if I have a second major?

Yes, but only if your other major is in a college other than Arts and Sciences. If that is the case, you are exempt from the "one course per discipline" rule in the Letters, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences category. You may also count any of the literature courses within the French major (FRN 309, FRN 310, FRN 412, FRN 473, or FRN 474) for your "Literature" course. Please note that the "Fine Arts and Literature" category is really a "Fine Arts" and a "Literature" category, so you will also need one of the Fine Arts courses. Also note that one of your Communications courses must be a writing course.

Do I need to keep track of this myself?

Yes. You must read the URI catalog and student handbook. Your French advisor will help choose and plan, but ultimately you are responsible for fulfilling all requirements for graduation. Start charting your progress toward graduation from your first year at URI.

How can I keep track of all these requirements?

You can keep track of this using the Intent to Graduate Form from the College of Arts and Sciences. Your French advisor will also use the helpful French major checklist.

Do I need to submit an Intent to Graduate form for each major?

You must submit an intent to graduate form for each college from which you are getting a degree.

What course should I take next?

Students take FRN 101 to FRN 104 in sequence. After FRN 104, students can take FRN 204 or FRN 207; you can even take both simultaneously, and, in fact, a lot of our students do. After FRN 207, you can take FRN 307. After FRN 204 you can take FRN 304, FRN 309, or FRN 310. After or while taking any 300-level course, you can take FRN 480. After FRN 309 or FRN 310, you can take any of the 400-level courses.

What is the language requirement at URI?

Majoring in a language is a way to satisfy the language requirement. For the minimum requirements please look at this explanation of the language requirement.

I took (2, 3, 4) years of French in high school. Where should I start at URI?

We consider each year of high school French to be equivalent to one semester of college French. So if you've have 2 years in high school, start at FRN 103. If you've had 3 years in high school, you should start at FRN 104. If you've have 4 years in high school, you should start at either FRN 204 or FRN 207. FRN 204 is a composition class which is generally the better choice if your high school program focused more on writing and grammar. FRN 207 is an oral expression class which is generally the better choice if your high school program emphasized speaking.

How can I earn three extra credits in French?

If you've had three years of high school French and you take FRN 104 as your first French course at URI, you can apply to get three extra French credits. If you've had four or more years of high school French and you take either FRN 207 or FRN 204 as your first French course at URI, you can apply to get three extra French credits. You need to earn a C or higher in the URI course in order to qualify.

Can I get credit for AP testing or early enrollment work?

Yes, this is possible. To find out if you qualify, you need to talk to your Dean, generally the Dean in University College.

What is the minimum number of credits in French that I have to take at URI?

Half of your major credits need to be completed at URI. You can transfer 15 credits from study abroad or another institution, but 15 must be taken through URI.

When should I study abroad?

Our students study abroad most often in their junior year, but sometimes during their senior year and sometimes during their sophomore year. The French International Engineering Program students spend the fourth year of their five-year program in France.

Where can I study abroad?

We recommend above all our exchange partners. We have an exchange at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne fifty minutes north of Paris, at the Euromed Ecole de Management in Marseille, at the Université Nanterre in the Paris area, and at the Université Laval in Quebec City, Québec. Our exchange programs offer the best value. You simply pay tuition and fees as usual at URI, but attend courses at our partner schools. As an added bonus, if you pay out-of-state tuition, you are granted in-state tuition during the time you study on an exchange. There are also lots of study abroad programs offered by outside organizations that give a wider range of choices. Please consult with URI's Office of International Education on any study abroad question.

french advising

To schedule an appointment with an advisor below, contact them by email or phone

Dr. Karen de Bruin
Office: 129 Swan Hall
Phone: 401-874-4697
Email: debruin@mail.uri.edu

Dr. Lars Erickson
Office: 131 Swan Hall
Phone: 401-874-4702
Email: lars@uri.edu

Dr. JoAnn Hammadou Sullivan
(French and Education only)
Office: 102 Swan Hall
Phone: 401-874-4712
Email: joannh@uri.edu