French and Francophone Studies, Minor

Program Code: FR_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FR 201Oral Communication and Reading Comprehension3
FR 202Grammar and Composition3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from a and b, or b and c, or a and c:6
French Linguistics
French and Francophone Culture I
French and Francophone Culture II
French and Francophone Literature I
French and Francophone Literature II
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 400-level French courses6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Liberal Arts Academic Advising
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Career Paths

French minors are able to complement their existing major by demonstrating proficiency in the French language. Additionally, French minors have an enhanced professional profile and are able to present themselves as true global citizens, ones who realize the importance of having an international perspective. Students who minor in French go on the job market with the linguistic and intercultural competence to tackle any career in which such skills are required.


French minors have gone on to pursue a vast array of different careers in the fields of business, public relations, law, education, industry, communications, scientific research, art, medicine, architecture, journalism and fashion. Students minoring in French can expect to be recruited for their communication skills, international perspective, and knowledge of the various cultural contexts where French is spoken.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

In our classes, which are small and interactive, French minors are given the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to pursue any number of advanced degrees. Students who minor in French are prepared for the academic and linguistic challenges that graduate school can present, and have a leg up on students who are monolingual.


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