A snapshot of a French major
When Liz arrived at Valpo in the fall of 2006, she declared her French major right away. In June of that year, she came to Valpo's on-campus summer orientation program (FOCUS) and took the French placement exam to learn what course she would register for in her first semester. Liz was happy to have placed into French Composition and Conversation. Not only is this the first class that applies toward a French major, but completing the class meant that Liz earned 8 free elective credits toward her overall degree! Like many French majors, Liz wanted to prepare for a career in international relations, so she decided to major in International Economics and Cultural Affairs (IECA) with a focus on France and Europe.
• Major in French
• Major in IECA (International Economics & Cultural Affairs)
• Semester abroad in Cergy-Pontoise, France
The classes listed here are the real classes that Liz took during her 4 years at Valpo. This will give you an example of how a student can put together a major in French with IECA and also study abroad in France for one semester. Though this isn't a template for all French majors, it is a realistic snapshot of one student's coursework. As a French major you'll choose among required classes and the electives that match your interests and goals. If you're curious about any of the French classes Liz took, check out the detailed course descriptions.