French - Translation Concentration (B.A.)

French is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, with over 350 million daily speakers. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and dozens of non-governmental organizations. Montclair State University’s French program provides courses that develop language skills, literary appreciation, and an understanding of French-speaking people and their cultures. Students in the Translation Concentration may earn a Translation Certificate in order to enhance their linguistic skills or to enter careers related to international organizations. They may also take related business courses.  Extracurricular activities and study abroad opportunities are available. Students may contact Dr. Lois Oppenheim or Dr. Kathleen Loysen for more information.

The major is composed of 36 credits. Unless otherwise noted, 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements36
Free Electives42-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Core
All students with prior knowledge of French will take the placement test. If they place out of any courses in the Required Core, other elective courses at the 200, 300 or 400 level will be substituted, depending on the student's level. The total number of 36 credits will remain the same.
FREN 101Beginning French I3
FREN 112Beginning French II3
FREN 121Intermediate French3
FREN 203Mastering French3
FREN 206French Conversation3
FREN 270The Art of Writing in French3
Concentration Courses
Civilization Category
Complete two courses from the following:6
Inventing France: From the Gauls to the Revolution
French Civilization from Napoleon to World War II
France from World War II to the Present
Translation Category
FREN 350Translation I3
FREN 351Translation II3
FREN 365Introduction to Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting3
or FREN 452 Translation III
or FREN 453 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation
Complete one course at the 300-400 level from the list below.3
Total Credits36


FREN 302Inventing France: From the Gauls to the Revolution3
FREN 304French Civilization from Napoleon to World War II3
FREN 315Dada And Surrealism3
FREN 321Business French I3
FREN 325Structure of the French Language3
FREN 330Advanced Spoken Language Practice3
FREN 332Business French II3
FREN 334Seventeenth Century French Literature3
FREN 335The French Renaissance3
FREN 336Eighteenth Century French Literature3
FREN 339Nineteenth Century French Literature3
FREN 340Survey of French Poetry3
FREN 341Contemporary French Drama3
FREN 345Development of French Novel to 19003
FREN 349Francophone Literature3
FREN 352Twentieth Century French Literature3
FREN 360France from World War II to the Present3
FREN 365Introduction to Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting3
FREN 367Seminars3
FREN 368Seminars3
FREN 369Seminars3
FREN 371Explication De Texte3
FREN 375French Study Abroad3-9
FREN 380Cooperative Education for the French Major4-8
FREN 410Advanced French Grammar3
FREN 418Theories and Approaches to Teaching French as a Second Language3
FREN 419Teaching French in P-12: Practice3
FREN 452Translation III3
FREN 470Seminars3
FREN 472French Language Workshop3
FREN 478Independent Study1-3

200 Level Electives

FREN 202Seventeenth Century French Theater3
FREN 205Perfecting French Pronunciation3
FREN 208Mediterranean Civilization and the Origins of French Culture3
FREN 210Reading and Writing about Literature in French3
FREN 211Eighteenth Century French Theater3
FREN 283Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa3
FREN 286French Film3
FREN 289Francophone Film3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3FREN 1123
FREN 1013 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1FREN 2033
FREN 1213FREN 2053
Free Elective3Major Elective - FREN 283 or FREN 289 recommended.3
Free Elective3 
 16 16
Third Year
FREN 2063FREN 2703
FREN 2103FREN 302, 304, or 3603
FREN 3503FREN 3513
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FREN 302, 304, or 3603FREN 365 or 4523
Major Elective3Literature Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120