French is the second most frequently taught global language after English. Its study leads to international careers across disciplines. Our program presents the languages, cultures, and literatures of France and the Francophone world in all their past and present diversity.


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16



Language courses recommended by faculty, depending on prior experience and placement test results. Placement test is ONLY required if you have studied French for 2 or more years or know the language. We encourage you to contact French department faculty for guidance on appropriate courses:

Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Elementary French (only for students with no prior French knowledge)



French (420)
French Fundamentals 01:420:121 4 French (420)
Intermediate French 01:420:131 4 French (420)
Advanced French I 01:420:213 3 French (420)
Courses conducted in English recommended by French faculty. No prior experience of French needed.

Understanding the French Enlightenment

01:420:230 3 French (420)
Life Writing in France 01:420:261 3 French (420)

French Gastronomy and Global Food Culture

01:420:283 3 French (420)


Your first year of college is an opportunity for you to explore fields of interest to enhance your understanding of yourself, the world around you, and your main academic and career goals. Think of your schedule as including courses you must take (English, courses to explore potential majors, etc.) and courses you can take (everything else!) All courses are part of your degree - if necessary, review the components of the SAS degree on this page.

Through these degree components, you will curate your own unique educational experience - but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below can help you identify related courses to consider in your first semester.

Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Introduction to Linguistic Theory 01:615:201 3 Sociology (920)
Fashion & Design in Europe 01:510:232 3 History (510)


The Schedule of Classes provides information about the courses being offered in a particular semester. There are literally thousands of courses offered each semester at Rutgers, and you may find it helpful to narrow down your options by looking for courses in subjects related to your potential major or minor. Use the recommendations below to find possible introductory courses in other subjects. 

To find potential courses in other subjects related to this one:

1. On the Schedule of Classes, select the current term, location "New Brunswick" and level "undergraduate". Click continue.

2. In the Search By box, click the "search multiple subjects" link. Select the following departments:

Comparative Literature (195)

European Studies (360)

History (510, 508, 512, 506)

World Languages (991)

3. In Section Status, deselect Closed

4. In Level of Study, deselect 300 and 400. In general, 100 and 200 are appropriate for first-year students, 300 and 400 are often more appropriate for students with more familiarity with the subject. If you are interested in registering for a 300 or 400 level course, consult with an advisor before registering. 

Review these courses for possible inclusion in your first-semester schedule, or to consider for future semesters.


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

The French Language & Culture Living–Learning Community
Location: Leupp Hall, College Avenue Campus

  • Live on campus with other students who want to immerse themselves in French and engage in related cultural activities. For more information and applications contact: Ariel Leget This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Honors in French
  • Honors Thesis Option
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Project
  • Foreign Language Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Iota



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 Every year several Rutgers graduates who have Minored of Majored French earn positions as Teaching Assistants in France TAPIF PROGRAM

Graduate Schools attended by recent French majors include:

  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California at Irvine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
  • Georgetown University
  • University College London.

For an overview of careers and M.A. & Doctoral programs pursued by recently graduated Majors and Minors visit:


Meet the French Department and Explore further opportunities by watching these short Videos!



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