A major in world languages prepares the conscientious student for graduate school, teaching, international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps and Doctors without Borders. Language majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Georgetown College. A language major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as Political Science, Business, Computer Science, Music, Art, English, History, and Theatre. Majors and minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. MCLC also offers a German Studies major. Majors, minors, and general education students reach different levels of proficiency; however, in accordance with guidelines from the Common European Framework (CEF), and more specifically with the national guidelines (5Cs) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), all world language students at Georgetown College will:

  • Communicate in languages other than English;
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, including their art, film, literature, history, music, etc.;
  • Connect with other disciplines;
  • Make comparisons to other languages and develop insights into the nature of language and culture;
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Students with two years of French at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must enroll in the 102-level course, or they may take the placement exam to attempt to place into 201. Those with more than two years of high school study in French are required to take a placement exam to determine placement in 102 or higher.

Students who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses be allowed to take 100 level courses or 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the department chair. (This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown or another college or university.)


(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours required above FRE 102, thirty-six hours above 102 required for the teaching major. Language: eighteen hours, including FRE 230, 235, 333, 335, 435. Literature and Civilization: twelve hours of culture and civilization on the 300 level, plus three hours from the literature or topics/seminar block on the 400 level. Those seeking certification in teaching must include 310, 312, 333, and 402 in their programs. Majors will achieve the ACTFL level Advanced, the CEF designation B2.1.2, and teaching majors will achieve the ACTFL level Advanced Plus, and the CEF designation B2.2. Allied Requirement: three credit hours as approved by French faculty.


Eighteen hours required above FRE 102. FRE 402 will not count towards the minor. Minors will achieve the ACTFL level Intermediate High, CEF designation B2.1.1.


101-102. Elementary French I and II. (3 hours each) A two-semester sequence. Emphasis on listening and speaking, with gradually increasing attention to the development of reading and writing skills in FRE 102. One hour lab per week required. Fall and Spring

201. Intermediate French. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to the required proficiency level at Georgetown College. ACTFL level intermediate – low. One hour lab per week required. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or by placement exam. Fall and Spring

230. Intermediate French II. (3 hours) Continued development of listening and speaking skills. Increased emphasis on reading and writing skills and with concomitant study of more complex grammatical structures. ACTFL level intermediate-mid. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent. Spring

235. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate. (3 hours) Practice in speaking and writing, mostly on everyday topics, using appropriate models and French identities. ACTFL level intermediate-mid. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent. Fall

301. Readings in Francophone Cultures. (3 hours) This course will focus on the development of reading strategies. Through an exploration of a variety of modern and historical texts students will review complex grammar, build vocabulary, study complex sentence structure, and examine cultural questions pertaining to various parts of the francophone world. Prerequisite: FRE 230 or equivalent. Fall

310. Pre-Napoleonic French Civilization and Culture. (3 hours) A study of the development of the ideas, political structures, art and architecture that constitute, in part, French culture. Historical and cultural texts as well as audio-visual material will be used to meet the goals of refining reading strategies and of better understanding modern French identity through its past. Prerequisite: FRE 301 with “C” or above or equivalent. Odd Springs

312. La Francophonie. (3 hours) The course will focus on the problems of establishing and defining national identities in a variety of Francophone countries from the 19th to the 21st centuries. In this journey to the Francophone world, students will explore various cultural issues, historical events, and literary texts to better understand the contemporary concerns of the French-speaking world. Key concepts in post-colonial studies will also be introduced. Prerequisite: FRE 301 with “C” or above or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Even Springs

321. Initiation to French Literature. (3 hours) An examination of a selection of outstanding literary works. Writing skills will also be developed through practice of the explication method of analyzing texts. Prerequisite: FRE 301 with “C” or above or equivalent. Fall

333. Phonetics, Pronunciation, and Regional Variation. (3 hours) Phonetic alphabet and transcription; articulation of French sounds; French prosody; detailed study of vowels, semi-vowels, and consonants; intensive pronunciation practice; introduction to regional and Francophone dialects. Prerequisite: FRE 235 or consent of instructor. Even Springs

335. Conversation, Composition, Cuisine. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to intermediate-high level of the ratings of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Cooking demonstrations in French; cuisinerelated folktales; grammar. Prerequisites: FRE 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Odd Springs

355. French for The Professions. (3 hours) Introduction to basic vocabulary, institutional structures, and cultural differences specific to the business world in France and Quebec. Prerequisite: FRE 301 with “C” or above. Spring as needed

340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours) As needed

370. Topics in French Culture/Language/Literature. (3 hours) Study of a special topic announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: FRE 301 with “C” or above. As needed

402. Teaching of World Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing and FRE 335. Fall as needed

424. The Politics of Poetry. (3 hours) A study of a selection of French poetry, theatre, and prose from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century with an emphasis on the ways in which the poetic text participated in political discourse and influenced political action of the various periods. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or consent of instructor. Even Springs or As needed

426. Prose and Criticism. (3 hours) A selection of early modern and modern prose texts examined through various models of literary theory. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or consent of instructor. Odd Springs or As needed

435. Conversation and Composition: Advanced. (3 hours) A course designed to raise the student’s command of oral and written French to advanced level on the ACTFL guidelines. Lab work may be required. Prerequisite: FRE 335. As needed

440. Independent Study. (1 to 3 hours) As needed

450. Seminar. (1 to 3 hours) As needed

470. Topics. (1 to 3 hours) As needed