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French Minor

Minor code: OR5221

Faculty Contact: Nikhil Sathe, Undergraduate Programs Chair

Program Overview

The French minor allows students to enrich their major program with language skills and cultural understanding. Minors elect five courses at the 3000 or 4000 level on language, literature, culture, and film that offer rich content and sharpen analytic and critical thinking skills. Minors must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. Frequent writing assignments and speaking activities reinforce clarity of thought and expression, and small classes offer individual attention and encourage dialog, collaboration, and openness. Many minors participate in study abroad programs.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Many job listings include foreign language proficiency as a desirable or necessary tool. In addition, a minor in French helps students acquire other types of abilities leading to success in the job market: communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, a capacity for problem solving, and the ability to learn quickly.

Common major disciplines of students minoring in French include journalism, political science, education, sociology, or business. These students find employment in print or broadcast media, government, teaching, social services, or industry because they possess career-specific skills in addition to general knowledge and language proficiency.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Requirements

Minor Hours Requirement

The French minor requires a minimum of 15 hours.

French Minor Requirements

Although there are no specific courses required, students must observe individual course prerequisites. Complete five of the following courses with a grade of C or better in each:

  • FR 3110 - Advanced Conversation and Composition I Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3120 - Advanced Conversation and Composition II Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3215 - French for Business Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3348 - French Civilization and Culture I Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3349 - French Civilization and Culture II Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3540 - Introduction to Reading French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3550 - Introduction to Prose Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 3560 - Introduction to Drama and Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4334 - French Through Film Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4437 - Applied Phonetics Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4439 - Modern French Usage Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4441 - Stylistics and Criticism Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4502 - 16th-Century French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4503 - 17th-Century French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4504 - 18th-Century French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4505 - 19th-Century French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4506 - 20th- and 21st-Century French Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4511 - Francophone Literature and Culture of Africa and the Caribbean Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4512 - Francophone Literature and Culture of the Americas Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4513 - Occupation and Resistance in French Film and Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4514 - Early Modern Non-Fiction Prose: 16th-18th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4515 - Early Modern Poetry: 16th-18th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4516 - Prose Fiction of the 17th and 18th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4517 - Drama of the 17th and 18th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4518 - Prose Fiction of the 19th Century Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4519 - Poetry of the 19th and 20th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4520 - Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4521 - Prose Fiction of the 20th Century Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4640 - Theory of Teaching French Credit Hours: 3
  • FR 4900 - Special Topics Credit Hours: 3te an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), resulting in a rating of Intermediate High or better.