Romance Languages

About the Minor

Admission to the Minor.

Our criteria for admission in the minor is a grade of B or higher in FREN215 or its equivalent.

Minor Requirements.

The French studies minor provides students with a command of the French language sufficient to live and work in a French-speaking environment. It enables them to develop a good knowledge of French-language literatures and cultures, and, through it, an awareness of French and Francophone modes of thought and expression. The minor consists of a minimum of 5 courses.

* Four FREN courses numbered 220-399:

  • FREN215 or the equivalent is the prerequisite for all FREN courses numbered 220 or higher.
  • Courses numbered 220-299 are introductory courses intended for students who have completed FREN215; who have taken an equivalent course elsewhere; who have placed out of FREN215 through the placement test. In general, these courses are designed for students who have not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country.
  • 300-level courses are upper-level courses intended for students who have already completed two courses in French beyond FREN215 or who have studied abroad in a French-speaking country for at least a semester:

* One FRST course:

The other credit may be in French or English and may include any one of the following course:

  • A course from the French section’s normal offering numbered 220-399.
  • A course listed as FRST (French Studies) or FIST (French, Italian, Spanish in Translation).
  • A course taken through approved study-abroad programs.
  • A course offered by other departments and programs on campus that deal partly or primarily with France or a Francophone region. This course must be approved by the student’s minor advisor.

Although there is no overall GPA requirement to stay in the minor, a grade of B or higher is required to receive minor credit for a course.