Minor in French

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The minor consists of 12 credit hours. No more than 6 hours of credit by examination (EM) and/or transfer credit can be applied to the minor. 

Students interested in a minor in French are asked to contact the Department’s minor advisor (Dr. Gloria Torrini-Roblin at torrini-roblin.1) to discuss their career or personal goals and to select the courses that best suit these goals. Students should then file the Minor form with the Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor for French (Dr. Andy Spencer at spencer.4).  Any variation from the programs requires the approval of the minor advisor in the Department of French and Italian.

Prerequisite courses

French 1101, 1102, 1103, and 2101.01.

Required Courses for students who declared a minor in French in Autumn 2019 or earlier

French 3101 and three additional courses taught in French at the 3000 level or above, at least one of which must be at the 4000 level or above.

Students minoring in French may petition to have one 2000- to 5000-level course offered by the Department of French and Italian but taught in English count toward their minor. Eligible students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in their French courses overall and include at least one 3000- to 5000-level literature, culture, or film course taught in French in their minor program. The course  taught in English many not replace the required 4000- to 5000-level course taught in French. Students who would like to petition to count a course in English toward the minor should contact Dr. Andy Spencer.

Required Courses for students who declare a minor in French in Spring 2020 or later

French 3101; at least one of the  following courses: 3201, 3202, 3401, and 3403; and two additional courses taught in French at the 3000 level or above, at least one of which must be at the 4000 level or above.

Students minoring in French may petition to have one 2000- to 5000-level course offered by the Department of French and Italian but taught in English count toward their minor. Eligible students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in their French courses overall. The course  taught in English many not replace the required 4000- to 5000-level course taught in French (this advanced course may be taken before or after the course in English). Students who would like to petition to count a course in English toward the minor should contact Dr. Andy Spencer.

Courses by Theme

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses to complete their minor.  Here are just a few suggestions for how to tailor your program to your interests:

If you are interested in using your French in a professional context (say you are pairing a minor or major in Business, Engineering, Education, International Studies, or Pre-medicine with a minor or major in French), we suggest you consider the following courses in particular: 3103 Conversation; 3401 and/or 3402, French and Francophone Cultures; 3501 French for the Professions; 4690, French for the Professions Internship; and 5102, Translation. Education majors in particular will benefit from 3301, Discovering Second Language Acquisition.

If you'd like to explore French-speaking cultures and societies across the globe (perhaps you are double majoring in International Studies, African-American and African Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, History, or Comparative Studies), take a look at the following courses: 3202, Introduction to Francophone Literatures; 3402, Introduction to Francophone Cultures; 5205, Black Africa; 5206, North Africa; and 5207, Quebec; and 3403 and 4401 (variable topics courses) when they treat a subject that interests you.

If you love cinema or the visual arts in general, perhaps combine Film Studies, Moving-Image Production, Design, Theater, or History of Art with a French major or minor that includes 2801, French and Francophone Cinema; 4053, French and Italian Cinema; 5701, Topics in French and Francophone Cinema; 5702, Studies in Contemporary French Cinema; and/or 4401, a variable topics course that periodically treats cinema and comics.

If the written word­–whether fiction, autobiography, essay, journalism, or other–is your passion (maybe you are double majoring in Communications, Journalism, English, or World Literatures), consider the 3200 and 5200 series of courses on French and Francophone literatures in their historical contexts from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

As you consider the options,  be sure to check out the study abroad programs in France, Québec and Sénégal: Study Abroad Programs. There are many exciting opportunities, and the credit earned in these programs can be applied to your minor requirements.

Arts and Sciences Minor Program Guidelines

The following guidelines govern minors.

Required for graduation   No

Credit hours required  A minimum of 12 (some minors require more)

Transfer credit hours allowed: No more than one half of the credit hours required for the Minor.

Overlap with the GEC  Permitted

Overlap with the major  Not allowed and

  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The same courses cannot count on the minor and on the major.

Overlap between minors  Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.

Grades required

  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.

Approval required  The minor program description sheet indicates if the minor course work must be approved by:

  • The academic unit offering the minor, or
  • A college/school counselor.

Filing the minor program form:  The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor, but preferably much earlier.

Changing the minor  Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by:

  • The academic unit offering the minor, or
  • A college/school counselor (depending on the minor).