May 27, 2018  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

French Major

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Major Programs

Students are encouraged to take MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon, or 1020: Language and Society, and, in certain cases, 1030: Language as Literature, early in their careers. If possible, students should declare their major as sophomores. Such a time frame allows for adequate discussion with advisors, and appropriate course and study abroad planning.

Students without a specific career objective are encouraged to complement their language major with a second major and to discuss possible objectives with a member of the department. In the past, students have chosen to double major in such fields as anthropology, biology, communication studies, global studies, management and economics, mathematics, political science, and psychology. The LEAD program offers opportunities for internships and for exploring both work and community service. Those seeking teaching licensure are encouraged to discuss their career plans with a member of the department as soon as possible.

Language Placement Exam

All 1st year, transfer and returning students are required to take the placement exam before registering for their first Hamline German, French or Spanish language class. (There is currently no placement test for Chinese; incoming students should e-mail Professor Hellen Yin for Chinese placement advice.)

*The test takes 10-25 minutes on average.
*Test results are available on-line within a few minutes of taking the exam.
*The test results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3210) and 4th (3220) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course. See Modern Languages Department webpages for course descriptions.

For more information and to access the test, visit



Major Requirements

A French major consists of 10 courses as follows: 

  • Either MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon or MODL 1020: Language and Society. (Education licensure students must take both, as described above.) 
  • Nine courses in French beyond FREN 3220, including FREN 3420 and 3440, which must be taken at Hamline. 

In addition to MODL 1010 or 1020, one course taught in English but focusing on the French-speaking world may count. Please consult a French professor or the department chair for approval. Courses taken abroad may also count toward the major, with prior approval. 

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