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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 Spring 2018
  • 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 - Fren 1002/4002/4022/Mont 1002
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 - Fren 1501/Fren 1502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What are French and Francophone Studies? What can you do with a minor or major in French? This course taught in English answers these questions by letting you discover the diverse cultures of France and French-speaking countries (such as Senegal, Canada or Belgium), and the ways we study them in the humanities. You will encounter texts, visual material, films, music, and historical events from various eras and learn how to make sense of them in small groups. Faculty from the French program will come and share with you what they research and why. Alumni will tell you how studying French has benefited their professional careers We will engage in a role-playing game around the 1889 art exhibition in Paris to understand debates about art, esthetics and urbanism: do you want to be a traditional painter, Van Gogh, an art critic, a woman patron, an anarchist, or a worker on the Eiffel Tower? You can take French 1501/1502 as a freestanding class or at the same time as a language class (French 1001 - 1004 or 3015 - 3016, depending on your level). The class is required for new majors and minors in French Studies, but you can take it simply to discover the fascinating cultures of French-speaking communities worldwide!
FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02415 - Fren 1501/Fren 1502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What are French and Francophone Studies? What can you do with a minor or major in French? This course taught in English answers these questions by letting you discover the diverse cultures of France and French-speaking countries (such as Senegal, Canada or Belgium), and the ways we study them in the humanities. You will encounter texts, visual material, films, music, and historical events from various eras and learn how to make sense of them in small groups. Faculty from the French program will come and share with you what they research and why. Alumni will tell you how studying French has benefited their professional careers We will engage in a role-playing game around the 1889 art exhibition in Paris to understand debates about art, esthetics and urbanism: do you want to be a traditional painter, Van Gogh, an art critic, a woman patron, an anarchist, or a worker on the Eiffel Tower? You can take French 1501/1502 as a freestanding class or at the same time as a language class (French 1001 - 1004 or 3015 - 3016, depending on your level). The class is required for new majors and minors in French Studies, but you can take it simply to discover the fascinating cultures of French-speaking communities worldwide!
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