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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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French majors study the language, cultures, and literatures of France and other French-speaking countries throughout the world. The discipline is concerned with language as well as analysis. On a practical level, it facilitates international travel and communication. On a more abstract level, it points the way to a refined understanding of communication, writing, and culture.


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Program Code



2 years


Main Campus


Romance Languages and Literatures
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


711 Old Chem ML0037
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Dr. Carl Bryant
Phone: 513-556-1729

Student Success Factors

Having a talent for learning language is undoubtedly helpful for French majors,  but anyone with discipline and curiosity can succeed in the field.

Career Possibilities

  • teaching
  • international business
  • international law
  • diplomacy
  • NGO


Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

French Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    French Certificate Requirements
    • FREN3001, French Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3041, Introduction to French Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • FRENxxxx, Five FREN elective courses at the 3000 level or above (4001 recommended.) May use FREN 2015 and 2016 if not placed out., 15
    • FRENxxxx, Must be in discipline: FREN, 15

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The classes in French are small, which allows for more contact between students and teachers.

Most of the professors are native speakers.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

  • The program offers opportunities for study abroad and a program for a business French certificate.
  • The French Club is very active.
  • Many of the courses can be applied toward the certificates in film studies and European studies.


Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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