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French Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The major in French Studies at Boston University encompasses broad and deep study of the language, literature, history, and culture of France and the Francophone world. Small, discussion-based courses conducted in French equip students with advanced knowledge and skills for understanding nuances of the French language and using it effectively in academic, daily, and professional contexts.
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Emphasis on the study of literature and film develops students’ cultural knowledge and skills for close, analytical reading and interpretive argumentation, through spoken and written engagement with major works, events, periods, and people responsible for shaping the history of France, its global reach, and the remarkable diversity of Francophone experiences and expression from the Middle Ages to the postcolonial present. The French Studies major at Boston University also incorporates foundational knowledge of the field of linguistics, as a basis for analyzing the structure of the French language, its historical development, and variations in usage. Study abroad is strongly encouraged, and many students fulfill requirements for the major at Boston University’s academic and combined academic-internship programs in Grenoble and Paris, as detailed below.

Skills and knowledge gained through the major in French Studies provide an excellent preparation for continuing on to graduate study, as well as sought-after intercultural competence for globally and internationally oriented careers in education, international development, government, journalism, law, communications, business, health professions, and scientific fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • Proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and the understanding of spoken French, at the advanced-low level as measured by ACTFL guidelines, and the ability to use these skills in a range of academic and everyday situations.
  • Advanced knowledge of French and Francophone literature (and in some cases film), with attention to its historical, generic, or cultural context.
  • The capacity to read critically and closely, to interpret texts, and to evaluate arguments about literary and cultural texts and topics.
  • The ability to formulate an organized, well-supported argument in writing; to write clearly and persuasively; and to observe ethical and precise citation practices.
  • A foundational knowledge of the field of linguistics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to French literature 
  • Introduction to Analysis of French Texts (poetry, theatre, essay, short fiction)
  • Introduction to the French Novel
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • LF courses in language, literature, film, linguistics, and civilization
  • LX courses in general linguistics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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