Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Modern Languages and Cultures, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Professional French

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Communication: Communicate in other language than English
    • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Communities: Participate in multilingual communities at home & around the world
    • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
    • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
  • Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
    • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
    • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
    • Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Cultures: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
    • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

Related Links

Modern Languages and Cultures - Professional French, BA Program Page

Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Writing Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements30

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 15 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 15 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Basic Skill Courses
Exemption from the basic skills courses may be possible based on a placement exam given by the Modern Languages Department. Both English and Native French speakers should consult the Modern Languages and Cultures Department for information. CLEP, AP, and OPI credits are accepted for some of the following courses.
FREN 102French Language and Culture II 1,23
FREN 103French Language and Culture III 1,23
FREN 201French Conversation 1 1,23
FREN 220Reading in French 1,23
Required French Courses
FREN 300French Grammar and Composition 1 1,23
FREN 301French Conversation 2 1,23
or FREN 401 French Conversation 3
FREN 303Professional French 1,23
Select one of the following:3
France through the Ages 1,2
France and Francophone Identities Today 1,2
FREN 350French Linguistics and Phonetics 1,23
FREN 400French Grammar and Composition 2 1,23
French Electives – 300 level and above
For students who exempt from Basic Skills. (Choose as many electives as necessary to reach 30 credits). 0-12
Total Hours30

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


A grade of “C” or better is required.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Additional Requirements

Course and Explanation
Major, Minor or Certificate
Student must complete a Minor or Major or Certificate in any other discipline:
Completed a Minor in a Selected Field of Study or a Major or Certificate in any other discipline
Non Credit Requirement
Student must select one of the following:
Students’ research must be conducted in their minor area or second major and the final product will be a written paper and an oral presentation using the French language.
Students can choose from three (3) options to complete the Capstone Experience requirement: Internship Presentation, Study Abroad Presentation or Research Presentation, depending on their area of interest.
The Internship Experience must be approved by the Modern Language and Cultures chair and the student’s advisor in Modern Languages.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

The department of Modern Languages encourages students to engage in the following areas to deepen their educational experience:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Field Experiences
  9. Volunteering (schools, world language competition, language clubs, communities)

Concentration in Professional French (FRPR)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019
Revised 7-2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FREN 101 French Language and Culture I 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 2 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
FREN 102 French Language and Culture II 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Second Year
FREN 103 French Language and Culture III 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 1
FREN 220 Reading in French 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Elective 3
Third Year
FREN 201 French Conversation 1 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Elective 3
FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition 1 3
FREN 301 French Conversation 2 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
FREN 303 Professional French 3
FREN 305
France through the Ages
or France and Francophone Identities Today
FREN 400 French Grammar and Composition 2 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
FREN 350 French Linguistics and Phonetics 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject..


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5 45
Concentration Code: FRPR
Revised: 11-2019