French Classes

At  Valpo, your French classes will introduce you to the language, literature, and culture of the French-speaking world.

     Language, Literature, Culture

204 conversation exchangeIn Valpo language classes you will master French by doing role-plays, engaging in debates, producing videos, and writing business letters among many other hands-on activities.  In literature and civilization classes you will examine the key events, people, places, and texts that have shaped France and the Francophone world.  Along the way, you may also study the history of French cinema, learn how to cook French food, and act in a French play.

• Visit the En route resource page for current Valpo French students
• View a snapshot of a French major's 4-year plan
Combine French with other majors


Drama Practicum French majors take 6 required classes, beginning with Composition and Conversation, along with numerous electives.  Classes you might take include:

• Composition and Conversation
• Contemporary France
• Film Studies
• Approaches to French Literatures
• Conversation Praticum
• Drama Practicum (see above!)
• Phonetics
• Professional French
• French Texts and Society

Descriptions of all French classes
French course rotation 2016-2020

     The French Major

Most students complete their French major with 9 or 10 classes beyond Intermediate French (a minimum of 27 credit hours). Required classes include French Composition and Conversation, Approaches to French Literature, three courses in the French Texts and Society series, and Senior French Seminar.  You'll also take a variety of elective classes, both at Valpo and in France.

The French Minor

Students take French Composition and Conversation (FLF 204) and Approaches to French Literature (FLF 220), plus enough elective credits to total at least 16 credit hours. At least one course (three credits) must be 300-level or higher. 

     Class Highlights

Conversation exchangeSome students Skype with students in Senegal.  Others meet with a native speaker conversation partner.  Seminar students develop film projects or collaborate to create a newscast.

Senegal Skype exchange
Native speaker conversation partners
TF7 newscast
Burkina Faso letter exchange
Repas médiéval