French and Italian
Department Chairs:
Matthew Senior
Peters 401

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5257
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, Ohio, 44074

Language Placement

Language Placement

Prerequisites and Placement

It is the department’s policy to advance students as fast as achievement warrants. Students who have taken the SAT II Exam in French should enroll in courses according to their score:

550-625: French 203 or 205, 206
626-800: French 301, 309, or 321

Students with previous study of French who have not taken the SAT II exam should take the Oberlin French Placement Test online to determine their appropriate level.

Suggested Course Sequence

French 101-102 (or 103), 205-206 (or 203), 301, other 300-level courses in French, followed by 400 level courses.  Fench 301, 309, or 321 is the prerequisite for other courses at the 300-level. Two 300-level courses beyond 301 are the prerequisite for 400-level courses. Other prerequisites may be noted: see the course descriptions below.

Placement Exam

The placement exam may be taken from any computer, all you need is your ObieID, the link is:

Advanced Placement

Students who have received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in French Language or French Literature will be automatically awarded credit for one course toward graduation, but not toward the major. They should enroll in one of the gateway courses for the French major (French 301, 309, or 321).