About the Minor

Admission to the Minor

The French Studies minor provides students with a command of the French language sufficient to live and work successfully in a French-speaking environment. It enables them to develop an in-depth knowledge of French-language literatures and critical approaches and, through them, an awareness of French and Francophone modes of thought and expression. It also offers them the opportunity to develop simultaneously a broad knowledge of French and Francophone cultures, through a flexible, interdisciplinary program combining coursework in a number of fields that may serve as the basis for future work or further academic or professional studies.

Students must have completed FREN215 or a higher level course with a grade of at least a B to be admitted to the minor.

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of a minimum of five courses beyond FREN215:

  • Four FREN courses numbered 220-399.
    • These courses must be taken on campus in French.
    • Courses numbered 220-299 are introductory courses intended for students who have completed FREN215, who have taken an equivalent course elsewhere, or 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 other course whose content is devoted substantially to the study of French or Francophone literature, history, culture, or society. This course may be taken on campus or abroad, may be in French or English, and may be chosen from among the following courses:
    • Courses from the French section’s normal offering of FREN courses numbered 220-399.
    • Courses listed Romance Lang & Lit In Eng (RL&L).
    • Courses taken through approved study-abroad programs.
    • Courses offered by other departments and programs on campus that include a study of French or Francophone culture, politics, or history. These courses must be approved by the student’s major advisor.

A minimum grade of B is required for courses taken on campus to count toward the FRST minor.