Feb 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Pre-French, A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code: 527

This GRCC program is designed to offer a clear pathway for students wanting to transfer into a bachelor's degree program majoring in French at a 4-year institution. The French language is spoken on five continents, and is the only language, other than English, that is taught in every country of the world. Among the jobs that a bachelor’s degree recipient in this field may consider are in the areas of translation/interpretation, teaching, Peace Corps, world organizations, international relations, international business, hospitality, tourism, editing/publishing, diplomacy, voice over acting, Foreign Service,  national health care and international health care with organizations such as the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate from GRCC and transfer to a 4-year college or university to major in French.

General Transfer Notes & Michigan Transfer Agreement

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The courses commonly transfer and satisfy 4-year program requirements at 4-year institutions in Michigan. 

To ensure maximum transferability of individual courses, all course selections should be based on the degree, major, minor, or academic interest at the 4-year transfer institution students plan to attend.

Students should research and utilize all transfer resources available to maximize the number of GRCC courses that transfer and apply to their 4-year program.

Because transferability of courses varies by institution, students should contact the 4-year institution they plan to attend to obtain detailed information about transfer requirements. The 4-year institutions ultimately make the decisions about how each course will be used to meet their program requirements.

GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of courses, which meets all GRCC and transfer institution requirements.

Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential.

Admission requirements to 4-year institutions and 4-year programs vary. Students should review the specific admission requirements for the institution and program to which they are transferring.

Program Notes

The coursework for this program transfers directly to many 4-year institutions and prepares students by providing the foundation for advanced study in a French bachelor’s degree program.

Students with previous French study, native French speakers, or individuals from French speaking backgrounds should contact GRCC French Faculty in the Language and Thought Department to determine placement in French courses prior to enrolling in coursework.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework from the General Education course list. Select coursework as directed below.  Use transfer resources available to select coursework based on the transfer requirements of the bachelor’s degree program and institution to which you are transferring. See the “Program Courses” section for courses that may also satisfy GRCC General Education Requirements.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas; one (1) must be a lab.


Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Open Elective Courses

The remaining number of courses needed to complete the program will depend on the number of credit hours remaining needed to reach the 60 credits required for graduation. Course selections should be made based on transfer requirements.

Total Credit Hours


In What Order Should I Take Classes?

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priortiy I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I  

Mathematics General Education

General Education Elective

General Education Elective

FR 101 - Introductory French I 


EN 102 - English Composition II  


COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  


COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

General Education Elective

General Education Elective

General Education Elective

FR 102 - Introductory French II 

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Elective

FR 231 - Intermediate French I  

Open Elective 

Open Elective 

Open Elective 

FR 232 - Intermediate French II  

Open Elective 

Open Elective 

Open Elective 

Open Elective 

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements