Minor

The basic requirements for the French minor are 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 (the prerequisites for 3101 are 1101, 1102, 1103, and 2101). The minor thus consists of 12 credit hours above the 2000 level, no more than half of which may be examination (EM) and/or transfer (K) credit. 

Below are some suggestions for course combinations that may interest students with particular career or personal goals. For example, the culture/film option may appeal especially to International Studies majors, whereas the literature option may be a good choice for students who plan to specialize in literary studies in graduate school. The French for the Professions option allows students with an interest in business to develop a background in French society and professional practices. Future teachers will find the culture/film or Language/Linguistics option particularly useful to their career goals. Finally, the Francophone minor allows students to focus on the cultures and literatures of French-speaking countries outside of France.

Students interested in a minor in French  are asked to contact the Department’s minor advisor, Dr. Gloria Torrini-Roblin, to discuss their career or personal goals and the minor option that best suits these goals. Students should then file the Minor form with the Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor for French, Dr. Andy Spencer.  

Students minoring in French are strongly encouraged to consider participating in one of the many study abroad programs we offer in France, Quebec, and Senegal. Courses taken abroad can be counted toward the prerequisites to the minor or toward the minor itself (except for 3101) depending on the student’s level when s/he begins the study abroad program. For more information on these programs, see the Study Abroad section in this Handbook and visit the Office of International Education’s Study Abroad web site

Please note that:

  • Prerequisite courses for all options are French 1101, 1102, 1103, and 2101 (classroom or individualized).
  • 3101 is required for all minors and is counted toward the 12 credit hours.
  •  Courses taught in English may not be counted toward the minor.

Minor Specializations

Culture/Film option (12 credit hours)

Required: French 3101

Recommended: one of the following: 3401, 3402; and one of the following: 3201, 3202, 3403; and one of the following: 5401, 5403, 5701

French for the Professions option (12 credit hours)

Required: French 3101 and 3501

Recommended: one of the following: 3401, 3402; and one of the following: 4690, 4100, 4401, 5401, or 5403

French Studies option (12 credit hours)

Required: French 3101

Recommended: one of the following: 3201, 3202, 3401, 3402, 3403; and one of the following: 4100, 4401, 5201, 5202, 5203, 5204, 5205, 5206, 5207, 5403; and 3 additional hours of your choice at the 3000-level or above

Language/Linguistics option (12 credit hours)

Required: French 3101 

Recommended: two of the following: 3102, 3103, 3401, 3402; and one of the following: 4100, 5102, 5103 (note that 4100 is a prerequisite for 5103)

Literature option (12 credit hours)

Required: 3101

Recommended:  3201 and 3202; and one of the following: 4401, 5201, 5202, 5203, 5204, 5205, 5206, 5207, 5403.

Francophone Studies option (12 credit hours)

Required: 3101 

Recommended: 3202 and 3402; and one of the following: 5205, 5206, 5207


Arts and Sciences Minor Program Guidelines

  • A minor is not required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours are required (some minors require more).
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours are allowed.
  • Overlap with the GE courses is permitted.
  • Overlap with the major is not allowed (the minor must be in a different subject than the major, and the same courses cannot count toward the minor and the major).
  • Overlap between minors is not allowed; 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 is 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.

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.

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).

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