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French Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of French and Italian, 314 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4308; fax: 612-624-6021)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: French Studies PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Please note: This program is no longer accepting applications for future semesters. This 15-credit graduate program is primarily for secondary teachers of French, but welcomes any prospective students wishing to enhance their knowledge of diverse areas of French and francophone studies, including linguistics, culture, literature, and film. Consisting of coursework only, the certificate provides the opportunity to explore in-depth aspects of French and francophone literature, culture, and language, while also sharpening language skills. An additional benefit is the potential for professional advancement.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have a BA in French or equivalent (BA/BS in another field, but relevant professional experience or academic preparation in French language and culture) with a preferred GPA of 3.0.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit the following materials: transcripts, a personal statement (in English) explaining how this certificate meets their personal or professional goals, a writing sample in French (a 500-1,000 word essay on applicant's topic of choice), and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment knowledgeably on applicant's interest and abilities in French studies. Applications must be received by April 15 for fall semester and by October 15 for spring semester.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
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 toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Coursework
Take at least one course from the following:
FREN 5531 - Sociolinguistics of French (3.0 cr)
or FREN 5541 - Oral Discourse of French (3.0 cr)
or FREN 4510
French or Francophone Literature or Culture
Take at least one course from the following list. Note that neither FRIT 5999 nor FREN 5995 can be used to meet this requirement.
FREN 4510
or FREN 5xxx
or FREN 8xxx
or FRIT 5xxx
or FRIT 8xxx
A maximum of 3 elective credits can be taken in a French-culture related area outside French studies, such as linguistics, second language and cultures, history, english, art history, theatre arts, and music. Course selection is subject to advisor approval. Note that neither FRIT 5999 nor FREN 5955 can be used to meet this requirement.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 5xxx
· FREN 8xxx
· FRIT 5xxx
· FRIT 8xxx
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FREN 5531 - Sociolinguistics of French
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00528 - Fren 3531/5531
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Explores variation in the use of French associated with factors such as medium (oral/written), style (formal/informal), region, social and economic groups. prereq: Graduate student status and advanced proficiency in French
FREN 5541 - Oral Discourse of French
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Nature of contemporary spoken French discourse. Focuses on spontaneous, multi-speaker discourse. Readings include examples of various linguistic approaches to such discourse. Emphasizes syntactic analysis. Phonological/lexical particularities. 'Macro' level analyses such as discourse analysis and conversation analysis. prereq: 3015, grad student; Ling 5001 recommended