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Applied French Concentration

Applied French is a multidisciplinary concentration you can combine with any major, to enhance your language and intercultural skills and diversify your career opportunities.

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Sharpen your language skills by conducting authentic and meaningful projects in French, and if you choose to, enrich your college experience by embarking on a study abroad experience! Unlike a traditional French major or minor, the concentration in Applied French enhances your chosen major by adding relevant French skills that will extend your access to information, experiences, and global understanding.

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Course Requirements

Minimum of 18 credit hours above the 100-level, including,

  • FRN 201: Language and Culture in the French-speaking World—Intermediate Level I (3 credits)
  • FRN 202: Language and Culture in the French-speaking World—Intermediate Level II (3 credits)

Waived for students who place higher based on placement test, who transfer equivalent course credit, or who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP French exam.

  • Two semesters of FRN 300 (6 credits, repeatable for credit):
  • FRN 300: Advanced Applied French (3 credits). Prerequisite: FRN 202 or placement test.

Six credits from the following:

  • FRN 305: Independent Summer Study in Quebec, Canada (4–8 credits)

An approved study abroad program of at least four weeks in a French-speaking country

  • GLB 101: Crossing Borders: Globalization (3 credits)
  • SOC 240: Diversity and Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

Contact Dr. Rick Chamberlin, associate professor of French and German, at to learn more.

In Their Words

One of my most memorable experiences was studying abroad through LVC’s program in Montpellier, France, where I spent three months living with a host family, attending a French university, and traveling.
Marie Cusick ’08, Producer, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
Being able to continue to study French was a major reason I chose LVC. With small classes and engaging professors, every class felt like a conversation between all the students and the professor. Everyone was supportive and pushed each other to be the best language learners we could be.
Hannah Alvarnez ’23, political science and global studies double major, social justice and civic engagement minor, specialization in applied French