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A major reason for studying the French language is the enrichment of one's intellectual growth in the context of the rest of the world. In learning French one also learns about the culture, philosophy, and civilization of another people, thereby broadening understanding of the world. On the practical side, any field of specialization (journalism, medicine, law, business, teaching) is enhanced if one can speak another language. In California, knowledge of a modern language is now required in many jobs that deal with the public such as Civil Service, social work, nursing, and other service-oriented fields.

Current Classes

French Classes Spring 2015

Degree Program


Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should complete the lower division major requirements and general education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution and major. Exact major requirements for UC and CSU institutions can be found on Please see a counselor for more information as curriculum requirements may vary among transfer universities.

Policy Statement Regarding Sequence of Enrollment in Modern Language Classes: Although students are advised to enroll in language courses sequentially, they will not be precluded from enrolling in lower level language classes after completion of more advanced courses. Students should be aware, however, that units resulting from the lower level courses may not be accepted at transfer institutions as a part of the required transferring units.

French Certificate


FREN 101 Elementary French I – 5 units
FREN 102 Elementary French II – 5 units
FREN 203 Intermediate French III – 5 units

A.A. in French

Students may take classes at either campus to fulfill requirements for the major.

Note: Students must complete English 150 to satisfy the Associate degree. Transfer students are advised to complete English 150. All students should consult a counselor.


FREN 101 Elementary French I – 5 units
FREN 102 Elementary French II – 5 units
FREN 203 Intermediate French III – 5 units

In addition, completion of one course from the following list:

FREN 110 Conversational French I – 4 units
FREN 112 Conversational French II – 4 units
FREN 114 Conversational French III – 4 units
FREN 204 Intermediate French IV – 4 units
FREN 225 Advanced French I – 3 units
FREN 226 Advanced French II – 3 units
FREN 249 Independent Study – 3 units

Career Options

Diplomatic Service, Editor, Foreign Correspondent, Foreign Service Officer, Hotel Management, Import/Export, International Business, Teacher, Tour Guide, Translator/Interpreter, Travel Agent.

French Speaking Countries

Africa: Algeria*, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djbouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania*, Mauritius*, Morocco*, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia*
Asia: Lebanon*
Europe: Andorra*, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland
North America: Canada, Haiti
Oceania: Vanuatu

*Countries where French is commonly used but not the official language. Photos: Arc de Triomphe (left) by Ed O'Keefe. Tunisia door (middle) by Gabriel Craciun. Village Provençal (right), by Larissa McPhail.