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Twin Cities Campus

French Minor

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of French and Italian, 314 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4308; fax: 612-624-6021)
Email: frit@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The French program covers all areas of French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. Traditional areas of study and scholarship are inflected by the faculty's interests, expertise, and research in areas that are shaping the discipline of French studies. The program, which fosters interdisciplinary research, has particular strengths in literary and cultural studies, critical theory, feminist studies, medieval studies, and francophone studies.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the French director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Coursework applied to the minor must be taken on the A-F grade basis, with a minimum grade of B- earned for each course.
Coursework (9 to 12 credits)
Masterís students select 9 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the French director of graduate studies.
FREN 5470 - Post/Colonial Francophone Literatures (3.0 cr)
FREN 8200 - Topics in Early Modern French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
FREN 8210 - Narrative, History, and Memory: Topics (3.0 cr)
FREN 8220 - Staging the Common (3.0 cr)
FREN 8230 - Critical Issues: Criticism and Thought (3.0 cr)
FREN 8240 - Critical Issues: French and Francophone Cinema (3.0 cr)
FREN 8271 - The Novel of the Ancien Regime (3.0 cr)
FREN 8280 - Ethics and Aesthetics in French and Francophone Writing (3.0 cr)
FREN 8291 - Jean Genet's Writings and French Institutions (3.0 cr)
FREN 8371 - The Rule of Reason, The Reign of Madness: Readings in Early Modern France (3.0 cr)
FREN 8410 - Topics in Quebecois Literature (3.0 cr)
FREN 8420 - Critical Issues: Francophone Literature (3.0 cr)
FRIT 5240 - Topics in French & Italian Literatures & Cultures (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
 
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FREN 5470 - Post/Colonial Francophone Literatures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Francophone literature from North Africa, Africa, and the Caribbean of the colonial and/or post-colonial eras in the light of relevant literary and cultural theories. prereq: 3111 or above
FREN 8200 - Topics in Early Modern French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Critical issues relating to the early modern period in French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Content varies by instructor.
FREN 8210 - Narrative, History, and Memory: Topics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Significance of narrative paradigm in literature, history, and cultural memory. Specific topics/texts treated vary. Taught in French.
FREN 8220 - Staging the Common
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Developments in 20th-century drama/performance in relation to French theatrical tradition. Post-1945 avant-garde innovation, interculturalism in contemporary theater. Specific topics/texts vary. Taught in French.
FREN 8230 - Critical Issues: Criticism and Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Critical issues relating to works in criticism/thought related to French/Francophone literature, philosophy or culture.
FREN 8240 - Critical Issues: French and Francophone Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Critical issues relating to French/Francophone cinema.
FREN 8271 - The Novel of the Ancien Regime
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Considers major novels of the 17th and 18th centuries in connection with developments in such areas as esthetic theory, intellectual currents, social transformations, and reading practices.
FREN 8280 - Ethics and Aesthetics in French and Francophone Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Issues related to the articulation of ethics, politics, and aesthetics in French/Francophone literature and culture.
FREN 8291 - Jean Genet's Writings and French Institutions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Jean Genet's writings at the crossroads of several disciplines (politics, psychoanalysis, religion, and law). Genet's novels, dramas, and political essays explore the power of institutional settings and strategies imagined by individuals to short-circuit their impact.
FREN 8371 - The Rule of Reason, The Reign of Madness: Readings in Early Modern France
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Relationship between construction of reason and madness in philosophy, legitimation of political rule, and the institution of literature in early modern France.
FREN 8410 - Topics in Quebecois Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Quebecois in relation to other North American literatures and to Francophone literature produced elsewhere in the world. Specific topics/texts vary. Taught in French.
FREN 8420 - Critical Issues: Francophone Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Critical issues relating to literature of Francophone world. Specific topics/texts vary. Taught in French.
FRIT 5240 - Topics in French & Italian Literatures & Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics dealing with intersections of French & Italian literatures & cultures. Taught in English.