Develop global perspectives sought by companies, educational institutions and NGOs in the US, 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.

Certificates are similar to minors in terms of credit requirements but draw on coursework from multiple fields of study rather than from a single department.


The undergraduate certificate in French and Francophone Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the University as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.


Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.750 or higher in the courses that satisfy the program requirements, and all such courses must be graded. They cannot be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Certificate students who are majoring or minoring in French must take at least 9 credits outside the French curricular area.

Credits earned at other institutions in equivalent French and Francophone Studies courses will be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements. Students must obtain the approval of the certificate program committee to apply more than 9 credits from courses at other institutions to the UWM program.

Students currently enrolled at UWM who fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to its approval may have their credits applied retroactively toward the certificate.

To obtain a certificate in French and Francophone Studies with language proficiency, students must complete, as part of or in addition to the certificate requirements, 9 credits in language, literature, or culture courses taught in French numbered 300 or above.

Students enrolled in the program must complete at least 18 credits from the list of courses (see below) approved for the certificate, including:

I. Select 3 credits in a French language course numbered 200 or above3
II. Select 3 additional credits in humanities3
III. Select 6 credits in social sciences6
IV. Select 6 credits in courses dealing with Europe6
V. Select 6 credits in courses dealing with Francophone areas outside of Europe6
Total Credits24

Of the courses taken to complete these requirements, 9 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Exit Survey

All students are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework. The assessment process allows certificate students to reflect on their experiences while providing important information to help improve the program. The exit survey is conducted online for a limited period of time during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are about to complete or have finished all coursework should contact Tracy Buss ( concerning the exit survey.

Please Note: The exit survey is a program requirement. Failure to complete the survey prior to graduation will delay processing of the graduation clearance.

Approved Courses

The following courses are approved to satisfy requirements for the French and Francophone Studies Certificate. The Roman numerals within the parentheses following each course title indicate the requirement(s), I through VI, for which the course counts. See the program coordinator for the most current list.

AFRIC 205The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers (II, V)3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean (II, V)3
ANTHRO 213American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (III, V)3
ARTHIST 465Dada and Surrealist Art (III, V)3
FRENCH 145Views of France: (II)3
FRENCH 203Third-Semester French (I, II)3
FRENCH 204Fourth-Semester French (I, II)3
FRENCH 210French Immersion: Intermediate (I, II)1-2
FRENCH 289Internship in French (II, V)1-6
FRENCH 290 (II, V)3-12
FRENCH 299Ad Hoc: (II, V)1-6
FRENCH 303Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level (I)3
FRENCH 310 (I)1-2
FRENCH 311 (I)3
FRENCH 324Contemporary French Language and Culture (I, V)3
FRENCH 325Intensive Grammar and Usage (I)3
FRENCH 332Reading French Texts (II, V)3
FRENCH 349Studies in French Culture: (II, V)2-4
FRENCH 357Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation: (II, V)3
FRENCH 361 (II)3
FRENCH 392Phonetics (I, II)3
FRENCH 415 (V)3
FRENCH 427Advanced Written Expression (I, II)3
FRENCH 428Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture (II)3
FRENCH 429Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture (II)3
FRENCH 430Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries (II)3
FRENCH 431Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: (II, V)3
FRENCH 432Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (II, V)3
FRENCH 433Seminar in French Literature: (II, V)3
FRENCH 449 (II, V)2-4
FRENCH 450Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France (II)3
FRENCH 451Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (II, V)3
FRENCH 457Topics in French and Francophone Studies in Translation: (II, V)3
FRENCH 465 (II, V)3
FRENCH 489Internship in French (II, V)1-6
FRENCH 499Ad Hoc: (II, V)1-6
FRENCH 510Seminar on Masterpieces of Literature Written in French: (II, V)3
HIST 242Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present (III, IV)3
HIST 355Modern and Contemporary France (III, IV)3
HIST 386Africans in World History: Communities, Cultures, and Ideas (III, IV)3
HIST 387Africa: Imperialism and Independence Since 1880 (III, IV)3
HIST 398Honors Seminar: (with appropriate subtitle) (III, IV, V)3
HONORS 200Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (with appropriate subtitle) (II, III, IV, V)3
PHILOS 432Great Thinkers of the Modern Period (II, IV)3
PHILOS 435Existentialism (II, IV)3
POL SCI 300Western European Politics (III, IV)3
POL SCI 339European Integration (III, IV)3