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American University Catalog 2015-2016 
American University Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA)

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Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , the BA in Language and Area Studies: French/Europe is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of foreign language study.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for freshman admission, an applicant should have earned at least a 3.00 average in secondary school. Students from other regionally accredited collegiate institutions, and students in other programs at American University who have completed the freshman year, should maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for transfer to the program.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • Students may, where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisor Committee approval, select special topics courses to fulfill requirements
    • Student may also apply up to 3 credit hours toward the major from an approved internship.
    • Study abroad course credits may be used toward the major with the approval of the Faculty Advisory Committee.
  • Proficiency in French demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all coursework in the foreign language taken in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Course Requirements

Foundation (9 credit hours)

Intercultural Communication

One intercultural communication course from the following:

Comparative Politics

One comparative politics course from the following:

Language (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours in French (FREN-xxx) at the 300-level or above.

Area Studies (21 credit hours)


15 credit hours, with 12 credit hours at the 300-level or above, in humanities courses, including 3 credit hours from the Department of History (HIST-xxx) and an additional 3 credit hours of coursework with a strong historical component, from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor.

Social Science

6 credit hours of coursework in social science courses, selected from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor.

Senior Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • Students enroll either in an SIS comparative seminar or in an approved topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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