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French Studies Minor

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 12 to 32
  • Study abroad will be strongly encouraged, to be determined by student interest and focus, throughout the French-speaking world. Our program will work to facilitate the achievement of University of Minnesota system-wide goals, which call for 50 percent of students to participate in a study abroad experience.
The French Studies minor complements any liberal arts degree. French has been the language of a major world culture for centuries and is the traditional language of the arts and philosophy. As global commerce and communication become the norm, French shares status with English as one of the two official languages of the European community and provides a solid basis for careers in business, law, human services, and diplomacy.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Courses (0-20 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
FR 1101 - Beginning French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1102 - Beginning French II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 2301 - Advanced French [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Most FR 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here. To enroll in these courses, a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 2301, or be concurrently enrolled in 2301, or have instructor's consent. Select French courses beyond FR 2301. With advisor's consent, courses taken abroad may count toward the minor.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FORS 3178 - FR 3040 Language and Culture in France (6.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3310 - Survey: Essays, Short Stories, Poetry in the French Language [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· FR 3905 - Autobiography in French Literature and Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4018 - Studies in Francophone Cultures and Literature (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09) [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4095 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned) (4.0 cr)
· FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4422 - 20th-Century Novel [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4472 - French Classical Literature [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4482 - Voltaire and Rousseau in English (4.0 cr)
· FR 4492 - 19th-Century Novel [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
 
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FR 1101 - Beginning French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
FR 1102 - Beginning French II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school French or 1101 or instructor consent
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school French or 1102 or instructor consent
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 4 years high school french or 1201 or instructor consent
FR 2301 - Advanced French (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of French literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in French. prereq: 5 years high school french or 1202 or instructor consent
FORS 3178 - FR 3040 Language and Culture in France
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02242 - FORS 3178/FR 3040
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Taught on site in France. Explore the rich heritage of Montpellier while studying French language, culture, gastronomy, history and politics. Live with a host family to bolster language skills and internalize daily life. Study current issues within France, such as immigration, globalization and identity politics taught by French faculty. prereq: Admitted to an approved study abroad program, required consent from the International Education Office.
FR 2315 - French Cinema (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Images of human diversity in French cinema. Films with English subtitles; class discussion in English.
FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression after they have completed the French language sequence. Individualized work on points of syntax and semantics, set in a contemporary context, using a variety of texts and resources. prereq: 2301 with grade of C or higher
FR 3310 - Survey: Essays, Short Stories, Poetry in the French Language (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Selected works in three genres, written in the French language from the 15th Century to the present: essays, short stories, poetry. prereq: 2301 with C or higher or instructor consent
FR 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: 2301 with C or better, instructor consent
FR 3905 - Autobiography in French Literature and Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Selected autobiographical works in French and Francophone literature and cinema from the 16th Century to the present. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent
FR 4018 - Studies in Francophone Cultures and Literature (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09) (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Studies literature and film from francophone (i.e. the French-speaking world) such as Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Indochina, Canada, and the French West Indies. Focuses on politics and aesthetics in relation to colonization, diaspora, cultural identities and m├ętissage (cultural, linguistic and ethnic blending or hybridity) as well as the creation of new existential and political spaces. The course is taught in French. prereq: 2301 with grade of C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4095 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in the language, history, literature, and culture of France and/or Francophone countries. prereq: FR 2301 with a C or better or instructor consent, no grad credit
FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of contemporary social, cultural, and political issues in France and other Francophone regions. Conducted in French. prereq: 2301 with grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no Grad credit
FR 4422 - 20th-Century Novel (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of representative novels. Taught in French. prereq: 2301 or equivalent with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4472 - French Classical Literature (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Representative works of 17th-century French prose, poetry, and theatre. Taught in French. prereq: 2301 or equivalent with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4482 - Voltaire and Rousseau in English
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Representative works. Taught in English.
FR 4492 - 19th-Century Novel (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of several novels by major 19th-century writers: Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant). Taught in French. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit