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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French, B.A.

Advisement for the major is available from the Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies  Department

French, B.A. Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

The language major may be combined with study in other areas to enhance career opportunities. The department will advise students in planning an academic program to meet individual interests and career objectives.

  • Earn 3 academic credits via a department-approved study abroad program. Questions regarding the fulfillment of this requirement should be directed to your advisor or department chair.
  • Complete 10 courses (3 or 4 credit each) distributed as follows.

  • All major courses must be completed with a C or better.

  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 6 French major courses at SU with a C or better.

  • A maximum of 4 courses taken abroad (including Salisbury Abroad programs and Global Seminars) may be applied toward the major.

Placement Exams and Credits

The Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies offers language placement evaluations (CAPE) in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Russian. All students who have not previously taken any language courses at SU and want to enroll in one are asked to take the departmental placement test in the language chosen to assist in determining proper initial placement level. 

A departmental credit buy-back program via the placement test is available in French, German and Spanish. Students who are placed at a level higher than 101 in the chosen language by the CAPE may purchase up to 12 course credits below their placement level in that language after they have completed the course in which they were placed with a grade of C or better. Credits may be purchased at the current rate posted by the cashier’s office. More information is provided here on the departmental web page.

Any student officially enrolled at Salisbury University may also be granted credits through the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or CLEP exam.

Challenge Exams

Any student officially enrolled at Salisbury University may purchase credits through a challenge exam. Credits may not be purchased through a challenge exam for a course below the student’s established level of proficiency. Conversation courses are not available for challenge exam credit.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IB (Literature), IIIA (Humanities)

Department-Approved Study Abroad

  • Complete department-approved study abroad program with a C or better 3-4 Hour(s) Credit