Subject Matter Program

Program Description

The French program is a cultural resource to Sacramento State and the Sacramento community in general; it represents the French language, literature, and civilization of Europe and North America as well as other areas of the world where French is the common language.

The French program helps prepare its majors and minors for careers not only in teaching but in many other fields as well, such as business, journalism, and government service. To that end it offers courses that enable students to grow intellectually and to live and work successfully in areas where the French language is spoken.

The program reaches out to both the local and international communities. Students have the opportunity to study abroad as well as to tutor and teach in local schools. The French faculty pride themselves on being accessible to students and taking a keen interest in the students' individual achievements.

Additional Information

  • Credit by Exam: A maximum of 16 units in foreign language studies may be challenged, only 12 of which may be in French.
  • Junior Year in France: Student planning to apply for admission to the overseas program should consult the department for information.
  • Foreign Language for Advanced Degree Requirements: Many graduate degree programs require competence in one or more foreign languages, and French is often is recommended or required. Students planning advanced degree study in areas having foreign language requirements should five careful consideration to completing two or more years of a foreign language as part of their baccalaureate degree.

Program Requirements

The requirements for a teaching credential in French are the same as those for the major. Candidates must contact the French Credential Program Coordinator, in the Department of Foreign Languages, to have their transcripts reviewed, to schedule an oral interview in French and to assess their subject matter competency. The Foreign Language Proficiency Examination in French may also be required.

Teaching credential candidates must also complete the Professional Education Program in addition to other requirements for a teaching credential. You may obtain information about the Professional Education Program from the Teacher Preparation Program Office, Eureka Hall 216, (916) 278-6403.

A minor in another subject which can lead to a Supplementary Teaching Credential is strongly recommended.