French

The Department of World Languages at Western Michigan University offers majors and minors in French.

Language majors must satisfy WMU's baccalaureate-level writing requirement by successfully completing World Literature in English Translation (LANG 3750) or East and West Literary Relations (LANG 4040).

Requirements for the major or minor may change with each new WMU undergraduate catalog. No student may graduate under a catalog that is more than 10 years old.

Only courses in which a grade of C or better is obtained will be counted toward a French major or minor.

Advising

We encourage you to make an appointment with an advisor of French if you have any questions about your French studies. As a major or minor, you are encouraged to meet each semester with your advisor of French as well as your curriculum advisor, typically in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Education and Human Development.

Placement

Follow the placement guidelines to determine an appropriate course for your language studies.

Courses

French courses

Courses in English about French language and culture:

Study abroad

The department offers study abroad programs for French studies. If you desire to earn French credits through participation in a study abroad program, contact an advisor of French. A program must be approved before it is undertaken.

Meet students who have taken exciting study abroad journeys

Daniel S., French majorDaniel S.
Major: French, secondary education
Minor: history
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Erica P., French majorErica P.
Major: French; film, video and media
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Yatesha R., French minorYatesha R.
Major: interpersonal communication
Minor: French
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Amie, French majorAmie M.
Major: French, biomedical sciences
Minor: chemistry
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Elianna M., French majorElianna M.
Major: French, fashion design
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Activities

Contact Sylvie Lidolf for French activities and other updates.

French tutoring: Monday and Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m., 520 Sprau Tower
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m., 520 Sprau Tower
French Conversation Table: Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m., 3025 Brown Hall
French movies: October 20, November 10, December 1, 7 to 9 p.m., 1028 Brown Hall

Alliance Française de Kalamazoo

If you have a love of the French language and culture, we encourage you to join and participate in this local organization.