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French Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
  • This program requires summer terms.
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. Objectives--The French discipline teaches the skills necessary for communicating with a variety of French-speaking peoples and for understanding their rich cultures, ideas, institutions, and writings, past and present. We invite students to think critically about French and Francophone cultures, and prepare them for graduate school or to enter a bilingual, professional world. STUDY ABROAD In light of today's increasingly interdependent world, the UMM French faculty endorses study abroad in combination with a French major or minor as the most effective means by which to * improve language abilities; * broaden academic horizons; * globalize one's world view; * expand career opportunities; * advance cross-cultural and problem-solving skills; and * gain confidence in oneself personally and professionally. 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 12 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 three 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 will receive 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 take 4 semester(s) of French.
Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Up to 6 credits towards a French minor may be earned abroad and/or transferred from another college/university. Students who wish to apply more than 6 such credits to the French minor must petition the French faculty for approval. Decisions will be made on an individual basis. No courses taught in English may count toward the French minor. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
FREN 3001 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 2001 - Intermediate French I [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 2002 - Intermediate French II [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3112 - Advanced Language Studies: Introduction to French Phonetics (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 2012 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3023 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3026 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3028 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3502 - Modern Studies: Revolution, Romanticism, Modernity (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3503 - Modern Studies: Avant-Garde, Existentialism, Experimentation (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3501 - Modern Studies: The Old Regime and New Ideas: The French Enlightenment (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3602 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones (2.0 cr)
· FREN 3504 {Inactive} [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3604 - Francophone Studies: L'Amerique francophone (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3060 - July in Paris III: French Language and Culture in Paris [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3113 - Advanced Language Studies: Theme et Version (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3114 - Advanced Language Studies: Advanced French Grammar (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 4021 {Inactive} [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 4991 - Independent Study in French Abroad [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 2xxx
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
 
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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
FREN 2001 - Intermediate French I (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review of the essential structural patterns of the French language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 1002 or placement or instr consent
FREN 2002 - Intermediate French II (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Review of the essential structural patterns of the French language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 2001 or placement or instr consent
FREN 3112 - Advanced Language Studies: Introduction to French Phonetics
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training in French pronunciation through general and French phonetics. Students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and study the correct articulate of French vowels and consonants, as well as other important parts of speech such as liaison, enchainement, and intonation. Meets Advanced Language Studies (ALS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 2011] prereq: 2002 (or concurrent enrollment in 2002) or instr consent
FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course traces the history of French culture from the Middle Ages until the death of Louis XIV in 1715; it examines the geography, language, and institutions of medieval and early modern France through literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3022] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3502 - Modern Studies: Revolution, Romanticism, Modernity
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines the emergence of Romanticism, Modernity, Realism, and Naturalism in a historical context shaped by the successive revolutions of 1789, 1815, 1830, 1848, and 1870; industrialization; the rise of a middle class; advances in technology and medicine; and the centrality of images and the popular press in daily life in France. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3037] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3503 - Modern Studies: Avant-Garde, Existentialism, Experimentation
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
From la belle epoque through two world wars and the civil unrest of 1968; from France's efforts to come to terms with its colonial past to its role within the European Union, from Proust to Pennac, this course examines French history, culture and literary movements of the past century to the present day. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3038] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3501 - Modern Studies: The Old Regime and New Ideas: The French Enlightenment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the absolutism of Louis XIV and the rise of modern secular thinking in the French literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment, with particular attention given to shifting notions of freedom, agency, and one's place within society and relationship to others. Meets Modern Studies (MOS) requirement for the French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3039] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the oral tale in African and Caribbean cultures. Examination of the form of these tales, their thematic structure, and how these tales have been translated into written and/or cinematographic texts. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3042] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3604 - Francophone Studies: L'Amerique francophone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of literary texts and movements in Francophone North America, including Quebec and Louisiana, as well as the history of French exploration of the New World. A discussion of the cultural tensions that have threatened and continue to shape Francophone identity in North America. Meets Francophone Studies (FRS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 3044] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3060 - July in Paris III: French Language and Culture in Paris (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Summer Even Year
Four weeks of intermediate or advanced French-language study at the Sorbonne, Paris IV; guided visits to cultural and historical sites. UMM July in Paris course for students who have had a minimum of one year of college-level French. See also Fren 1021 and Fren 1023: July in Paris I and II: French Language and Culture in Paris. prereq: 1002 or equiv
FREN 3113 - Advanced Language Studies: Theme et Version
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
The art of translation applied to everyday discourse, literary texts, and a number of professional fields: journalism, international business, and political, social, and natural sciences with a particular emphasis on specialized vocabularies and advanced grammar and syntax. Meets Advanced Language Studies (ALS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 4011] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3114 - Advanced Language Studies: Advanced French Grammar
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: (or coreq) 3011 or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Refinement of grammar. Students gain a deeper understanding of the functionality of the French language through a study of French grammar and through applied and historical linguistics. Meets Advanced Language Studies (ALS) requirement in French major. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Fren 4012] prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 4991 - Independent Study in French Abroad (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An independent study designed for study abroad and based on the student's research interests in French or Francophone language, culture, history, etc. The project is defined in consultation with a French faculty member before the student leaves the United States. The faculty member guides the project via email. prereq: 2002 or instr consent; 3022 or 3032 or 3041 recommended