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French Studies Minor

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 38
The French studies minor includes the study of French language, and French and Francophone literature, culture and linguistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Complete the introductory 4-semester French language sequence or its equivalent.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 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.
The minor is fulfilled by completing a minimum of 6 courses and 18 credits. At least 2 upper-division FREN courses must be taken in the Department of French at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Up to 9 credits of 3xxx-level coursework from study abroad programs sponsored by or affiliated with the University of Minnesota can be counted towards the minor. FREN 15xx must be taken on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus or through the May term Abroad "Gateways" program sponsored by the department. Students may earn a BA or a minor in French, but not both.
Prerequisites
These courses, or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may place out through EPT or LPE examinations.
Take 0 or more course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
FREN 1001 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1002 - Beginning French (5.0 cr)
or FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French (5.0 cr)
Minor Courses
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or Other FREN 15xx Course
· FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division French Courses
All courses are worth 3 credits. FREN 37xx courses do NOT fulfill the upper division French courses sub-requirement. Up to one FREN 30xx will count toward the upper division French courses sub-requirement. Note: most FREN linguistics courses require LING 3001 or FREN 3500 as a prerequisite.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 3xxx
· FREN 4xxx
· FREN 5xxx
 
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FREN 1001 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01214
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings.
FREN 1002 - Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on communicative competence. Some cultural readings. prereq: 1001 or equiv
FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01360
Prerequisites: 2 or more yrs high school French
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied French in high school or at community colleges and who do not place high enough on placement exam to enter 1003. An accelerated review of Fren 1001 followed by the material covered in Fren 1002. prereq: 2 or more yrs high school French
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01216
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1002 or Entrance Proficiency Test
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01217
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. prereq: 1003 or Entrance Proficiency Test
FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02415
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course, taught in English by a member of the Department's regular faculty, will introduce students to French and Francophone Studies today. The course has no prerequisites. Students who have already completed French 1004 or equivalent may not register for 1501; they must register for 1502. The course has several components. To learn about the historical breadth of French culture and the way it informs cultural and political topics today, students will read at least one significant, complete text from the period before the French Revolution and one from the period after it, discussing them in small groups. An ongoing series of guest presentations throughout the semester will introduce students to the various fields of French and Francophone Studies and the faculty in the Department. In addition, students will participate in two major activities: a "Reacting to the Past" role-playing game set during the French Revolution, and an "Encountering the Present" activity in which they will gather oral histories of French-speaking immigrants.
FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02415
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course, taught mainly in English by a member of the department's regular faculty, will introduce students to French and Francophone Studies today. Students will complete some reading assignments in French. Prerequisite: French 1004. Students who have not yet completed 1004 should enroll instead in French 1501. The course has several components. To learn about the historical breadth of French culture and the way it informs cultural and political topics today, students will read at least one significant, complete text from the period before the French Revolution and one from the period after it, discussing them in small groups. An ongoing series of guest presentations throughout the semester will introduce students to the various fields of French and Francophone Studies and the faculty in the Department. In addition, students will participate in two major activities: a "Reacting to the Past" role-playing game set during the French Revolution, and an "Encountering the Present" activity in which they will gather oral histories of French-speaking immigrants.
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01215
Prerequisites: 1004 or equiv or #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced study of French with particular emphasis on grammar review, vocabulary building, oral communication skills, and language usage in cultural contexts. prereq: 1004 or equiv or instr consent
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02275
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced study of grammar in context; emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. prereq: 3015
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing intensive. Critical methods, standards of scholarship, and body of knowledge specific to French and Francophone studies. Understand/analyze literary and nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv