The French curriculum is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the French/Francophone world by exposing them to French/Francophone cultures and perspectives. It also responds to the increasing demand for a more practical emphasis in language learning after the lower division level and allows students to tackle the professional world immediately beyond graduation. LMU’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, may complement the French program.

French Placement Exam

Any student who has knowledge of or has had prior instruction in French in high school or at a college or university other than LMU must take the French Placement Exam.

This requirement includes students who have taken the AP French Exam in high school. Generally, a student who receives a score of 5 or 4 on the AP French Exam (Language or Literature) places in FREN 2103 French 3. Final placement is conditional upon the instructor’s consent in consultation with the French coordinator. Course credit will be given for FREN 2101 French 1 and FREN 2102 French 2 once the student’s official scores have been received from the College Board. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that the official AP scores have been sent to Loyola Marymount University.

To know when and how a student should take a language placement exam in French, please refer to the guidelines provided under Modern Languages and Literatures.

French courses in lower division (FREN 2102 French 2, FREN 2103 French 3, FREN 2104 French 4) can be waived without credit if students placed in upper division courses in their placement exam. Waived no-credit classes do not have to be made up to complete the French major.

In the event that there are no courses in the language, students may take MDLG 3400 Linguistics, MDLG 4400 Applied Linguistics, or FNLT 4200 Comparative Cultures (provided it is related to language concentration). If additional classes are not available in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, students may fulfill those credits with courses in the appropriate cultural studies areas, with pre-approval from the Program Coordinator and the Department Chair.

Study Abroad

Students considering study abroad in France or a francophone country can attend the LMU Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, or are advised to go for a semester either during their sophomore year (Spring semester) or junior year (Fall or Spring semester). Consult the Study Abroad Office or the French language professors for information about the LMU Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, or the semester or year-long programs offered by universities that the French program endorses.

Prior to departure, students must obtain transfer credit approval for any French courses that they plan to take outside of LMU from the French Program Coordinator and the Department Chair.

Although most lower-division French language courses (2000-level) will transfer to complete French major or minor pre-requisites, no more than one (1) French course will transfer for the upper-division (3000 or 4000- level) major or minor courses.