Why study French?
Speakers of French span five continents. French is spoken by over 220 million people. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be over 750 million French speakers, 80% of whom will live in Africa, becoming the world’s most spoken language. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theater, the visual arts, dance and architecture. Thousands of US companies do business with the Francophone world. In an increasingly mobile and interconnected planet, the study of language, literature and culture has never been more crucial for our students’ success. It provides students with a competitive edge in an increasingly internationalized workplace; for example, four out of five new jobs in the US are created as a result of foreign trade. Above all, learning a second language enables a greater understanding of other cultures while enhancing your own.
Minor in French
|Students must complete one of the following, or equivalent placement|
|Intermediate French I and II|
or FREN 240
|Intermediate French II|
or FREN 241
|Intermediate French II, Honors|
|Required Courses (9)|
|Students must complete the following three courses. Students who have received study abroad transfer credit for both FREN 375 and FREN 376 are exempt from the FREN 302 required class|
|FREN 301||French Written and Oral Communication 1||3|
|FREN 302||French Written and Oral Communication 2||3|
|FREN 326||Introduction to French Literature||3|
|Elective Courses (9)||9|
|Students must complete three additional French courses, at least two of which must be at the 400 level or above. Minors may include one French course taught in English, when available.|
Minor Hours & Minor GPA
While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.
Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.
Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.
Summer Language Institute in Paris
The department conducts a 6-week summer institute in Paris focusing on French language and culture. Students take courses in intermediate and advanced French language at L’Etoile, a private language institute in the center of Paris. Before the stay in Paris, students spend 10 days to 2 weeks touring regions such as Normandy, Brittany, and the château country along the Loire River. Some scholarship aid is available. Consult the department or the Office of Study Abroad for information.
Summer Program in Florence, Italy
The department conducts a 4- or 8-week summer program for elementary, intermediate, or advanced students of Italian. Students take courses in language and culture at an institute where all instructors are native speakers. Students live with Italian families and usually have weekends free to travel. Consult the department or the Office of Study Abroad for information.
Semester and Year Programs in France
A semester program is available in cooperation with CIDEF, the language institute of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers. Consult the department or the Office of Study Abroad for information.
Year-long programs at French institutions are available through the International Student Exchange Program. Consult the Office of Study Abroad.
Semester Program in Rome, Italy
The department conducts a semester program in Rome for elementary, intermediate, or advanced students. Students take courses in Italian language and culture in a private language institute. All instructors are native speakers, and students live in shared apartments with other students at the institute. Consult the Office of Study Abroad for information.
Semester Program in Florence, Italy
The department conducts a semester program in Florence for elementary, intermediate, or advanced students. Students take courses in Italian language and culture in a private language institute. All instructors are native speakers, and students live with Italian families. Consult the Office of Study Abroad for information.