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First year

A French course (level to be determined by placement test*)

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Sophomore year

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COMMENTS: To qualify to study abroad at a French-speaking university, students must have completed FREN 101-102, 103-104, and FREN 203 or 230.

*To enroll in any language class that is not the course specified on the placement test report, students must obtain the permission/signature of the department chairperson.

Freshmen often place into the intermediate level of French. If they complete FREN 103 and 104, they should proceed to 203, 204, 207, 208, and 230 as sophomores. 

Courses for the major can also be taken abroad at a French-speaking university. 

1. Study abroad opportunities are available in Toulouse and Paris, France.

2. All incoming freshmen, except for international students who speak English as a second language, must take the placement test in the summer: The placement test is not optional.

3. All students must complete the elementary level (101 and 102) or exempt by exam. Honors students are required to complete the intermediate level (103 and 104) or exempt by exam.

4. Students will earn retroactive credits for previous knowledge only if: they take the placement test right before their freshman year; take the course where they are placed in their first semester at Hood, with the possibility of moving to another level if the instructor recommends it; and pass the course with a grade of C or higher. Unless they enroll in the course right away, they will not receive retroactive credits.

5. Students must sign up for required language courses in their freshman year, since foreign languages are part of the core foundation. In order to ensure the proper structure, new students should see any member of the Foreign Language Department (Tatem, 2nd floor) on advising day in August to review course choices.

6. Students must complete the foreign language requirement no later than their sophomore year; if it has not been completed at the time of graduation, it will not be waived.

Students planning to enroll in the Secondary Education Program should contact Dr. Jennifer Cuddapah, Program Coordinator, for an advising appointment: 301.696.3773;

Contact Dr. Course, Tatem 210, at 301-696-3478 or