Modern Languages: French (A.A.)

image of students in front of Eiffel tower and another image of French writing

French is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide; it is the official language in 29 countries, and it is spoken by an estimated 274 million people. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. In addition, there is a wealth of French literature to be explored—French authors have won more Nobel prizes for literature in the 20th century than any other nation.

Graduates with a specialization in French are in demand as bilingual educators at selective NYC dual-language school programs. They are also highly desired in law schools, business programs, the fashion industry, and the travel and hospitality industries. They make highly competitive candidates when applying for positions in healthcare, finance, insurance, international relations, and humanitarian aid.

Study Abroad

Students who specialize in French typically participate in our Study Abroad program in Paris, earning credits towards their degree. They can also spend an entire semester in France, through the Paris/CUNY exchange program sponsored by Queens College and covered by financial aid, including grants and scholarships. Our graduates have gone on to pursue degrees at Hunter College and Queens College, as well as at universities in the UK, Columbia University, Miami University and Brooklyn Law School.

Faculty Expertise

Our world-class, award-winning faculty offers a curriculum spanning literary and cultural traditions from the Middle Ages to the present. We also incorporate student-centered pedagogical approaches to foster analytical skills and critical thinking. As students move onto upper-level courses in culture and literature, they build a strong foundation for the analysis of such key issues as gender, race, class, power relations, and the legacy of coloniality in today’s global scene.

Why wait? Contact the Modern Languages Department to find a French course that is right for you!

Transfer Options

This program fully articulates with Hunter College and Brooklyn College’s bachelor degree programs in French so that you can seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with a career advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

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Required Common Core

Flexible Common Core1

Curriculum Requirements

French Language Requirement2
Program Electives3
General Electives
Total Curriculum Core
Total Program Core


  1. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy the Flexible Common Core requirements.
  2. Choose 15 credits from all FRN courses 200-level and above with at least 6 credits from level 300 and above.
  3. Choose 9 credits from AFN 122, AFN 126, AFN 127, AFN 128, AFN 152, AFN 338, AFL 113, ART 126, ART 290, ART 292, ART 294, ENG 394, FRN 160E, FRN 161E, LIN 100, LIN 110, LIN 210, MUS 103, ECO 113, THE 300, any ITL course, any SPN course or any TRS course, any PRT course, or any ARB course.

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2022-2023 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

Modern Languages Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room S-601
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8105

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m