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French Minor

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 27
French is an important language of diplomacy, commerce, and health care and is used in research across the globe and in many disciplines, such as music, art, linguistics, history, law, political science, anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and philosophy. The French discipline gives students the language and analytic skills necessary to engage intellectually with these interconnected fields in French and to appreciate the cultures of France and Francophone countries throughout the world. Program Student Learning Outcomes The French curriculum is designed to ensure that students: Develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in French; Refine intercultural and problem-solving skills; Expand research and career opportunities in a global and interconnected world; Discover the traditions, literatures, arts, and histories of French-speaking peoples; Explore the contributions of French-speaking peoples to education, the humanities, social sciences and/or STEM fields; Engage in research in French; Prepare for a career serving French-speaking people in the United States and abroad in the sciences, commerce, diplomacy, economic development, healthcare, teaching or community outreach. CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FRENCH The certificate program in French responds to the growing demand for individuals who can communicate successfully in a global environment and is intended for students whose other academic commitments prevent them from completing either a major or minor in French. To earn a certificate, a student must: a) complete a minimum of 16 credits in French at UMM at the 2xxx and/or 3xxx level. All courses for the certificate must be taken on campus at UMM. Students are encouraged to study abroad, but the UMM French faculty need to assess the skills and progress of the student. Therefore, classes taken abroad (including July in Paris) do not count for the certificate. b) earn at least a B in each of the four courses (S-N grades will not be accepted for the certificate). No courses in English may count toward the French certificate program. Students who complete a major or minor in French are not eligible for the certificate program. A student who has met the above requirements may request a reference letter from the UMM French faculty certifying completion of the certificate program as well as language competence based on guidelines published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Beginning French
Beginning French I and II or equivalent previous language experience required to take intermediate French.
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of French. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
At least 50 percent of French minor credits, including at least four upper division credits, must be completed on the Morris campus (14 or more credits). Morris courses, study abroad, or domestic transfer credit may comprise the remaining credits for the minor. Students must procure prior approval from the French Discipline in order for transfer credit, including study abroad, to be applied to the French minor. Credits completed under the European Credit Transfer System will be converted to United States credits according to internationally recognized standards (i.e. 1 ECTS credit = .5 U.S. credit).
Required Courses
FREN 3002 - Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3003 - Civilization and Composition: France Since the Enlightenment [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3004 - Civilization and Composition: Colonialism and Francophone Worlds [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
HUM 1305 - Career Preparation in World Languages (1.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Selection of electives must be done in consultation with a French faculty member. Electives should ensure that there is variety and depth in the minor.
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 2xxx
· FREN 3xxx
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FREN 3002 - Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study Paris as the center of society, culture, religion, and literature from 1100-1300, while also refining the ability to write academic papers and engaging in academic discussions in French. Read primary texts about religion, mythology, and Classical epics that form the foundation of much of medieval French literature. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
FREN 3003 - Civilization and Composition: France Since the Enlightenment (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A study of French culture from the Enlightenment period up to contemporary society. Study the development of the French nation while also refining the ability to write academic papers and to participate in academic discussions in French. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
FREN 3004 - Civilization and Composition: Colonialism and Francophone Worlds (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A study of the history of French colonialism and of the development of la Francophonie as an association of French-speaking countries outside of France. An introductory exploration into the cultures, literatures, and current events of multiple francophone countries and regions throughout the world. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4 credits of 3002 or 3003 or 3004 or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
A survey of literature from France and from across the Francophone world. Study poetry, novels, theater, and film, and develop reading skills and methods of analysis. prereq: 4 credits of 3002 or 3003 or 3004 or instr consent
HUM 1305 - Career Preparation in World Languages
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students advance their understanding of the liberal arts, bilingual skills, and a global and interconnected labor market by developing a professional profile and associated materials in the target language and English including a curriculum vitae (CV), resume, and cover letters. Ideally completed in the junior year to allow ample time for career exploration. Can be repeated once but only one credit may count towards French major or minor.