College of Arts and Letters2016-2017

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

Purpose Statement

The French minor prepares students to be able to interact orally and in writing with individuals used to dealing with non-native French speakers in basic social situations.  Students can also expect to be able to comprehend simple, authentic written and oral texts dealing with well-known topics related to work, studies and leisure.  The minor will also provide learners with an awareness of certain cultural nuances and socio-political issues of the French-speaking world, which will allow them to participate in global organizations and projects.  Students who complete the French minor have the necessary foundation for continued professional development of their communication skills in French, giving them an edge in the domestic and global job markets.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Orally express ideas in French through meaningful discussion of concrete topics relating to work, school, home, and leisure activities using all major time frames (present, past, and future). Students can interact with native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non- natives, and handle complicated or unexpected communicative tasks. (Speaking skills)
  • When listening to others, be able to identify and use main ideas and details from the conversation, including description and narration in different time frames or aspects, about a variety of topics beyond immediacy of the situation, to communicate meaningfully with others. (Listening skills)
  • Identify and use main ideas and details from authentic, connected, longer, written texts involving description and narration in different formats about a variety of topics for communicative purposes. (Reading skills)
  • Create with language to express meanings in written form about familiar topics using the major time frames with some control of aspect. (Writing skills)


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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