Studying French at Penn State Behrend
Courses meeting the 12-credit language requirement
- French 1 (4 credits) taught every fall semester
- French 2 (4 credits) taught every spring semester
- French 3 (4 credits) taught every fall semester
- Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone — Instant Access (Multi-Semester), 5th Edition by Mary Ellen Scullen, Cathy Pons, Albert Valdman. Published by Pearson, 2020.
- Pearson Website (eText and My French Lab with Pearson): Available via the Pearson website with purchase of the access code.
- A physical copy of the textbook is available at the Lilley Library.
- Note: The eText and My French Lab with Pearson will be used for all three semesters of French.
- French 1: Chez Nous, Preliminary Chapter–Chapter 3
- French 2: Chez Nous, Chapters 4–7
- French 3: Chez Nous, Chapter 8–11
All French language classes are based on an integrative learning pedagogy that encourages conversation and intellectual exchange. They are taught with a communicative approach, which means students will learn a structure and immediately use it in French. Our goal is to expose students to the diversity and richness of vernacular varieties within the French-speaking world. Oral presentations and essay writing are part of the curriculum.
“Oral Communication and Reading Comprehension,” level 4, 3 credits, is offered on demand in the spring.
French and General Education Requirements
French 201 can substitute any Knowledge Domain Course (except GHW).
French 296 Independent Study in French
A French minor must be completed at the University Park campus.
Students interested in pursuing a French Major need to request an early Change of Campus.
Penn State offers a wide variety of study abroad programs and locations, including France (Paris, Lyon, Aix), Belgium (Brussels, Leuven), Senegal (Dakar), and Morocco (Rabat). Interested students should attend a Study Abroad Information Session, offered multiple times each semester.
Bonne chance et à très bientôt!