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French Minors


The French minor provides three concentrations:

It’s important to plan your course selection carefully to meet both the core requirements and any additional criteria for your specific career goals. If you have any questions or need guidance, don’t hesitate to consult with your academic advisor.

1. French Literature

This course of study is designed to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the French language beyond the basic language sequence. The focus is on the analysis of French literature, offering a more nuanced understanding of the language in a cultural and literary context.

Fulfill ALL of the following requirements:

Complete ALL of the following Courses:
  • FREN 34100 - Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages to the End of the 17th Century
    FREN 34200 - Survey of French Literature from the 18th Century to the Modern Period
Complete at least 3 of the following Courses:
  • FREN 21100 - Intermediate Grammar and Composition
  • FREN 34300 - Medieval and Renaissance French Literature
  • FREN 34400 - 17th-Century French Literature
  • FREN 34600 - 18th-Century French Literature
  • FREN 34800 - 19th-Century French Literature (1800-1850)
  • FREN 34900 - 19th-Century French Literature (1850-1900)
  • FREN 35100 - French Literature from 1950 to the Present
  • FREN 36000 - French Literature: Special Topics
  • FREN 36100 - Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Special Topics
  • FREN 36200 - The 17th Century: Special Topics
  • FREN 36300 - The 18th Century: Special Topics
  • FREN 36400 - The 19th Century: Special Topics
  • FREN 36500 - The 20th Century: Special Topics

This minor is suitable for various groups of students, including native speakers of French or those with a francophone background. It is particularly relevant for students whose majors are in disciplines unrelated to French literature. This minor allows them to explore and engage with French literature, adding a valuable cultural and literary dimension to their academic pursuits.



2. French Language and Culture

This course of study provides the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of French language beyond the basic language, sequence and to introduce students to French Culture trans-historically, in ways that could usefully complement a major in another field in the humanities. where a broad knowledge of French history or culture could be useful (for instance in the Arts).

Complete at least 3 of the following Courses:
  • FREN 20300 - Intensive Intermediate French
  • FREN 20200 - Intermediate French II
  • FREN 21100 - Intermediate Grammar and Composition
  • FREN 22000 - Advanced French Conversation
  • FREN 31100 - Advanced French Grammar
  • FREN 31200 - French Oral and Written Expression
Complete at least 2 of the following Courses:
  • FREN 33500 - French Culture I
  • FREN 33600 - French Culture 2
  • FREN 33700 - Contemporary French Culture



3. French Culture and Literature Translation

This course of study provides the opportunity to students with no knowledge of the French language to be introduced to French Culture & Literature. This minor offers an interesting complement or context to studies in other fields (such as history, philosophy, political theory or women’s studies) that have benefited, historically, from French influences.

Requirements (15 credits):

Earn at least 15 credits from the following:

  • FREN 24100 - Early French Civilization: From Gothic to Revolution
  • FREN 24200 - Modern French Civilization: From Revolution to Present
  • FREN 25100 - French Literature and the Arts
  • FREN 25200 - From Symbolism to Surrealism in French Literature
  • FREN 25300 - Modern French Theatre: Theory and Practice
  • FREN 25400 - Film and the French Novel
  • FREN 25500 - New Approaches to Modern French Literature
  • FREN 25600 - Dream and Image
  • FREN 25700 - Literary Cross-Currents
  • FREN 25800 - French Poetry in Translation
  • FREN 25900 - French Theatre in Translation
  • FREN 26000 - French Novel in Translation (1600-1900)
  • FREN 26100 - Modern French Novel in Translation (1900-Present)
  • FREN 26200 - Perspectives on Women in French Literature


Click here for the French undergraduate course catalog. To see current course offerings and descriptions, click here. If you have any questions, please contact the French Advisors.

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