College of Arts and Letters2015-2016

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

French, Minor

Students in this minor gain proficiencies in French language and stylistics, with an exposure to French culture and literature. Proficiencies are demonstrated by an international French proficiency exam and an oral exit interview in French.


What Can I Do with a Minor in French?

Each day, the world becomes more close-knit. Global trade, the Internet, and improvements in transportation are accelerating rates of cultural and intellectual exchange. In this international climate, the second-language skills you'll acquire with a French minor can complement any major.

Do you dream of ordering a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe in Paris in fluent French? Prepare for the future by immersing yourself in diversity. With linguistic, literary, and cultural approaches to language study, you will learn to think critically and develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You will grow to understand and appreciate diverse cultures.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Major GPA C
Foreign Language Required


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 20 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    • At least 12 units of FRE courses at the 300 level or above (12 units)
    • FRE courses at the 200 level or above (8 units)
    You must have at least 6 classroom units in French; you may not satisfy all minor requirements with credits from CLEP exams.

    Additionally, you may only take lower-level FRE courses if you have not already taken advanced FRE coursework. For instance, after you've completed 200-level FRE courses, you can't take FRE courses at the 100 level; after completing a 300-level courses you can't take 100- or 200-level courses.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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