The Academic Program

The French and Italian Division in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA) offers language instruction in French and Italian at the beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced courses in composition, conversation, structure, translation, business, and linguistics are also offered in French. Courses in the literatures of France, Francophone Africa, the Francophone New World, and the Francophone Pacific are offered in the original language. Cultural studies courses designed to acquaint students from other fields with the traditions and cultures of Europe and the Americas are also available, both in English and in the target language, and advanced courses in specialized topics have been designed for students at the graduate level.

The BA in French

33 credits, including French 312, 331 or 332 and two 400-level courses, one in literature (12 credits). French and French-Related Electives (21 credits) include FR 300+, FR400+. When 405, 458, and 459 (or 6 credits of 460) are all taken, together they count as one 400-level literature course while continuing to count as 9 credits of elective credit toward the major. 6 elective credits at the 300+ or 400+ level may be earned in a related area by advisor approval: LLEA335, HIST 445, etc. On completing the major, students will be able to demonstrate a speaking and reading knowledge of classic French authors in the original, their individual writing styles both in prose and in poetry, and their place in the context of French culture. Students will develop competence in writing. They will also have the opportunity to read works of Francophone literature and to familiarize themselves with Francophone and French-speaking cultures around the world, from Africa and Canada to Tahiti and the Pacific Rim.

Major Requirements


The Certificate consists of 15 credits beyond intermediate level. Native and near-native speakers should consult a French Division advisor to determine which courses they may take. On completing the certificate, students will be able to demonstrate a substantial knowledge of spoken and written French. They will also have the opportunity to develop a reading knowledge of classic French authors in the original.

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Policy on Second Language Back Credit

Petition for Back Credits:

All students (including native speakers of a language) with experience in another language other than English may earn “back credits.” These students may take any UHM course, appropriate to their level, in which there is significant use of that language. (Appropriate level determined by placement exam or adviser; significant use determined by the course content.) Upon completion of this course* with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, may petition between 3-16 back credits. Please note that a “W” grade received for university language courses will make you ineligible for back credits when taking subsequent courses. For more information please visit UH Manoa General Education Policy on Second Language Back Credits (pdf).

*Only first instance of a course.

Petition form for back credits



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