Develop global perspectives sought by companies, educational institutions and NGOs in the U.S., France and other French-speaking countries (Canada, Haiti, Belgium, Congo, etc.), and explore our many study abroad opportunities. Students who enter UWM with advanced French can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years to become a translator/interpreter.

Fluency in French can provide a career advantage in all types of professions including business, medicine, law, the arts, politics, government work, and more. The country of France is a leader in science and high-tech, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, making French fluency valuable in these industries as well.

 At UWM, language students receive an education in not just language fluency but also in the culture surrounding that language. Context matters in communication, and we believe it is important for students to understand the history, literature, and customs of native speakers of French in order to successfully apply their fluency.

Student with no previous experience in French will start in the introductory French language class; those who have studied French in high school should take the placement exam to determine if they can start at a higher level. Students who place in a higher-level course who subsequently complete that course with a "B" or better may receive retroactive credits for the courses that were skipped.

Requirements

Course of Study – Bachelor of Arts Degree

Complete 120 credits including 90 credits in the College of Letters & Science and with 36 of the 90 credits in L&S upper-level (numbered above 300) courses. The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major. Students are also required to complete University-wide General Education Requirements and the specific L&S requirements listed below.

To complete a major, students must satisfy all the requirements of the major as stated in this catalog. Students who declare their majors within five years of entering the UW System as a degree candidate may satisfy the requirements outlined in any catalog issued since the time they entered. Credits used to satisfy the major also may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

University General Education Requirements (GER)

Oral and Written Communication
Part A
Achieve a grade of C or better in the following course:
ENGLISH 102College Writing and Research (or equivalent)
Part B
Course designated as OWC-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement
Quantitative Literacy
Part A
Earn at least 3 credits with a grade of C or higher in one of the following courses or an equivalent course, or achieve a placement code of at least 30 on the mathematics placement test (or other appropriate test, as determined by the Mathematical Sciences Department)
Mathematical Literacy for College Students II
Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
Introduction to College Algebra
Algebraic Literacy II
Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning 1
Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning
College Algebra
Or equivalent course
Part B
Course designated as QL-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement
Arts
Select 3 credits3
Humanities
Select 6 credits6
Social Sciences
Select 6 credits6
Natural Sciences
Select 6 credits (at least two courses including one lab)6
UWM Foreign Language Requirement
Complete Foreign Language Requirement through:
Two years (high school) of a single foreign language
Two semesters (college) of a single foreign language
Or equivalent
UWM Cultural Diversity Requirement
One course from the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences must also satisfy UWM's Cultural Diversity requirement

College of Letters & Science Requirements

I. English Composition Requirement

Students must satisfy the English Composition Requirement with one of the following options:

1) Completing ENGLISH 102 with a grade of C or higher; or

2) by placing beyond ENGLISH 102 on the English Placement Test (EPT) (or other assessment as determined by the English Department); or

3) transferring a course of at least 2.5 equivalent credits from another institution that is equivalent to English 102, or a UWM higher-level expository writing course, with a grade of C or higher.

Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part A. The College of Letters & Science does not have a specific requirement for a writing course beyond English 102, but students must complete the university-wide requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part B listed above.

II. Mathematics and Formal Reasoning

To satisfy the Mathematics and Formal Reasoning Requirement, students must satisfy the following two requirements:

1. Achieve a placement code of at least 30 on the mathematics placement test (or other appropriate test, as determined by the Mathematical Sciences Department) or earn at least 3 credits with a grade of C or higher in one of the following courses or an equivalent course:

MATH 102Mathematical Literacy for College Students II3
MATH 103Contemporary Applications of Mathematics3
MATH 105Introduction to College Algebra3
MATH 108Algebraic Literacy II3
MATH 111Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning 13
or PHILOS 111 Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 175Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I3

Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part A, listed above.

2. Complete one course (at least 3 credits) at the 200 level or above chosen from courses in Mathematics, PHILOS 211, or Letters and Science statistics courses:

Complete one of the following:
3 or more credits in any 200-level or above Math course
Introduction to Statistics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Introduction to Anthropological Statistics
Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
Biostatistics
Economic Statistics
Quantitative Analysis in Geography
The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Elementary Logic
Political Data Analysis
Survey Research
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology

Note: This requirement is NOT the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part B. To complete the BA, students must take one of the L&S approved courses. Not all of the courses listed here will satisfy the QL-B requirement.

III. Foreign Language Requirement 

Placement testing may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. Language courses (including American Sign Language) other than English taken in high school may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. One year of high school language equates to one semester of college work.

Completion of the L&S Language Requirement also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER, but not vice versa.

Completed in one of the following ways:0-18
Successful completion of the 4th semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language)
Successful completion of the 3rd semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language) PLUS the 2nd semester of college work or equivalent in another language other than English (including American Sign Language)

IV. International Requirement 

See Approved Courses for the L&S International Requirement for course options.  

Completed in one of the following ways:9
Complete 3 courses (min. 9 cr) in a single foreign language (not including literature-in-translation or American Sign Language) at the 3rd semester level and above
Complete 3 non-language courses (min. 9 credits) with an international content chosen from at least 2 curricular areas.
Complete 9 credits in combination of the two options above.

V. Breadth Requirement

Along with completing the University General Education Requirements of 3 credits in the Arts (A); 6 credits in the Humanities (HU), Social Sciences (SS), and Natural Sciences (NS/NS+); and a course with the Cultural Diversity (CD/+) designation, L&S students must complete the Breadth requirement.

Arts
Select 3 credits3
Humanities
Complete 12 credits of L&S courses with Humanities Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single subject area. *12
Social Sciences
Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Social Science Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *12
Natural Sciences
Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Natural Sciences Breadth designation, including at least one laboratory or field course; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *12
Cultural Diversity
Complete 3 credits in a course with Cultural Diversity (CD) designation. **3

 VI. The Major

The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA in all credits in the major attempted at UWM.  In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.  Individual departments or programs may require higher GPAs for graduation. Some departmental majors require courses from other departments.  Contact your major department for information on whether those credits will count as part of the major GPA.  The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major.

Research Requirement

Within their majors, students must complete a research experience approved by the L&S faculty.  A list of courses satisfying the research requirement in each major can be found here.

VII. The Minor

The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA in all credits in the minor attempted at UWM.  In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Major Requirements

The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The major in French consists of 30 credits, at least 15 numbered above 303 taken in residence at UWM.

Lower division courses
Select one of the following:3
Views of France:
First-Year Seminar:
Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level
Complete the following three courses: 1
FRENCH 324Contemporary French Language and Culture3
FRENCH 325Intensive Grammar and Usage3
FRENCH 332Reading French Texts3
French upper-division electives
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation: 2
Phonetics
French Immersion: Advanced
Growing Up French 3
Advanced Written Expression
Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture 3
Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture 3
Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries 3
Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: 3
Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: 3
Seminar in French Literature: 3
Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France 3
Cinema of the French-Speaking World: 3
Topics in French and Francophone Studies in Translation: 2
Internship in French
Seminar on Masterpieces of Literature Written in French: 3
Seminar in Contemporary French Literature: 3
Seminar in French Language: 3
Total Credits30

Additional requirements

All French majors are required to pass an advanced language proficiency examination, which they are advised to take in the second-to last semester of their BA.

French and Francophone Option Four-Year Plan
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
FRENCH 103 First-Semester French 4
ENGLISH 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
MATH 103
Contemporary Applications of Mathematics (QL-A)
or Introduction to College Algebra
3
L&S Humanities, not French 3
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits16
Spring
ENGLISH 102 College Writing and Research (OWC-A) 3
PHILOS 211 Elementary Logic (HU) (QL-B) formal reasoning) 3
FRENCH 104 Second-Semester French 4
L&S Natural Science 3-5
Arts GER 3
 Credits16-18
Year 2
Fall
OWC-B course 3
FRENCH 203 Third-Semester French (Int'l) 3
L&S Natural Science with lab 3-5
L&S Social Science/Cultural Diversity 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
Elective 3
FRENCH 204 Fourth-Semester French 3
FRENCH 303 Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level 3
L&S Natural Science 3-5
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits15-17
Year 3
Fall
FRENCH 324 Contemporary French Language and Culture (HU) 3
FRENCH 325 Intensive Grammar and Usage 3
Elective 3
L&S Natural Science 3-5
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
FRENCH 332 Reading French Texts 3
French 350 or above 3-5
L&S upper-level 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Year 4
Fall
FRENCH 430 Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries 3
French 350 or above 3-5
French 400 or above 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
FRENCH 428
Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture
or Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture
3
FRENCH 465 Introduction to Translation: English to French 3
L&S upper-level 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits122-134
French Translation Option Four-Year Plan
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
ENGLISH 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
MATH 103
Contemporary Applications of Mathematics (QL-A)
or Introduction to College Algebra
3
FRENCH 103 First-Semester French 4
L&S Humanities, not French 3
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits16
Spring
ENGLISH 102 College Writing and Research (OWC-A) 3
PHILOS 211 Elementary Logic (HU) (QL-B) (formal reasoning) 3
FRENCH 104 Second-Semester French 4
L&S Natural Science 3-5
Arts GER 3
 Credits16-18
Year 2
Fall
FRENCH 203 Third-Semester French 3
OWC-B course 3
L&S Natural Science with lab 3-5
L&S Social Science 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
Elective 3
FRENCH 204 Fourth-Semester French (Int'l) 3
FRENCH 303 Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level (HU) (CD) 3
L&S Natural Science  
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits12
Year 3
Fall
Elective 3
FRENCH 324 Contemporary French Language and Culture (HU) 3
FRENCH 325 Intensive Grammar and Usage 3
L&S Natural Science 3-5
L&S Social Science 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
FRENCH 332 Reading French Texts 3
FRENCH 415 Introduction to Translation: French to English 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
L&S upper-level 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
FRENCH 430 Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries 3
 
French 350-level or above 3
French 400-level or above 3
 
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
FRENCH 465
or FRENCH 516
Introduction to Translation: English to French
or
3
FRENCH 428
Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture
or Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture
3
Elective 3
Elective 3
L&S upper-level 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits119-125

Letters & Science Advising

The College of Letters and Science provides general academic advising for all students with a major in the College, particularly as it relates to campus' general education requirements and the College's degree requirements. We also provide specialized advising for pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.) regardless if their major is in Letters and Science or not. Prospective students, including high school students and students seeking to transfer to a program in Letters and Science may also receive advising from our admissions counselors. 

Upon admission, students are assigned an advisor in the College advising office. Academic advising is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Appointments outside of these times may be available and phone appointments are available for online students. The advising office is located on the first floor of Holton Hall. Current students should call (414) 229-4654 to schedule an appointment or use the Navigate website to make an appointment with your assigned advisor; online scheduling is only available if you already have a Letters & Science advisor assigned to you. Prospective students should call (414) 229-7711 or email let-sci@uwm.edu.

When students declare a major, they will receive an additional faculty advisor located within the major department who will assist with requirements for that major. Students should read the "Declaration of Major" information on the website of the major that they are interested in. In some cases, the student will need to choose a faculty advisor as part of the declaration process.

All students are cautioned to consult their Letters & Science academic advisor AND their major advisor prior to each registration period to ensure they understand all requirements. Do not rely on pre-printed sample plans, as they are intended to be samples only and may not be right for your particular situation.

Accelerated Program Option

This program is offered as part of an accelerated bachelor's/master's program. For more information, see Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Honors in the College of Letters and Science

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.