French Major


  1. Demonstration of listening comprehension, oral, reading, and writing proficiency Students who have not received at least a grade of “B” in FRE305 or FRE306 may be required to take a test in languages skills.
  2. Demonstration of comprehensive coverage of literature and civilization through successful completion of appropriate coursework
  3. A minimum of 36 credit hours, 30 of which must be above (i.e. at the 300 and 400 levels) the intermediate level

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: 
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication in the target language.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in written communication in the target language.
  3. Describe (written, oral) relevant historical and/or contemporary cultural concepts in the target language.
  4. Critically evaluate and analyze texts and other media in the target language.

Required Coursework

The minimum of 36 credit hours must include:

  • FRE305: French Conv/Comp/Social OR FRE306-French Conv/Comp/Global
  • FRE309: Readings in French Literature OR FRE310-Readings in Francophone Literature
  • FRE320: French Pronunciation
  • 18 credits of 400-level French coursework, including FRE400: Advanced French Grammar, at least two literature courses, and 3 credit-hours of French, French-Canadian, or Franco-American Civilization
  • MLC 210-Introduction to Modern Languages
  • FRE495: Senior Project in French / Capstone

Highly Recommended:

  • History of a Francophone country
  • Full-year or semester-abroad program

French Courses

  • FRE101: Elementary French I
  • FRE102: Elementary French II
  • FRE117: Accelerated French I
  • FRE201: Intermediate French I
  • FRE202: Intermediate French II
  • FRE218: Acclerated French II
  • FRE 305: French Conversation and Composition I
  • FRE 306: French Conversation and Composition II
  • FRE307: French for Business
  • FRE309: Readings in French Literature
  • FRE310: Readings in Francophone Literature
  • FRE315: Advanced French Conversation
  • FRE320: French Pronunciation
  • FRE350: Multidisciplinary Readings in French
  • FRE400: Advanced French Grammar
  • FRE401: Translation and Comparative Stylistics
  • FRE407: 19th Century French Literature
  • FRE408: Twentieth Century French Literature
  • FRE413: Advanced Composition and Stylistics
  • FRE430: French Film Survey
  • FRE442: French Language of North America
  • FRE463: Québec Poetry
  • FRE464: Québec Theatre
  • FRE465: The North American French Novel
  • FRE490: Advanced Topics in French
  • FRE495: Senior Project in French / Capstone
  • FRE498: Independent Projects II

For more information about French courses offered by the University of Maine, see our detailed list of French classes or visit the Course Catalog.