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Why minor in French? Nearly eighty million people speak French as a native language and more than 200 million speak it across the globe. It is both a working language and an official language of the European Union, the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.

An intermediate-level proficiency in the French language and cultural competence skills enable you to make wider connections in a globalized world. With a minor in French, you can follow French-language news across the globe and gain access to information from francophone cultures that would otherwise be unattainable directly. These functional research skills are important for many majors including International Business and International Studies. Students who complement their degree in health care, social work, criminal justice, and communications with the study of languages and cultures are better able to understand, serve, and communicate with the diverse population in the US. The courses offered for the French minor teach students to identify and appreciate cultural connections and differences, helping them grow into their role as global citizens.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements (18 credits)

All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

The minor in French consists of 18 credits as follows:

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • FRN 212 Intermediate French II
  • FRN 350 Conversing with French Cinema
  • FRN 351 Compose Yourself: Writing in French

Electives (9 credits)

  • Three French courses at the 300 or 400 level. See course descriptions.