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French Minor, B.A.; B.S.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

The sequence 101-102-201-202 provides the basis for advanced study in all language majors and minors. Without previous language experience, prospective majors and minors begin with 101. Students who have previously studied a language must take the Language Placement Test, available here: They should enroll in the course indicated by their placement score, and may be eligible for Retroactive Credit (see below). AP, CLEP, International Baccalaureate, and the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy are also accepted; see level equivalencies in Options for Earning Credit in this Bulletin. For questions about placement, please contact the department.

Retroactive Credit

Students who take the placement exam and complete their first language course at the 102 level or higher with a grade of B (3.0) or better are eligible for up to 8 hours of retroactive credit. To qualify, this must be the student’s first college-level course in this language. Earned credits count toward the University Program Subgroup IV-B. Retroactive credits do not count toward the University Program, but they do count toward the degree and toward some language majors and minors as indicated below for each program.


  • All French majors are required to take 9 hours of language at the 300 level or above on campus.
  • One course at the 300 level or 400 level taken on a CR/NC basis may be counted toward a major or minor.
  • Transfer Students majoring in French must earn at least 9 credit hours in their major at CMU; those minoring must earn at least 6 credit hours in their minor at CMU. These hours must be taken on campus.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (8 hours)

FRN 201Intermediate French I


FRN 202Intermediate French II


Note: Retroactive credits may count toward the French Minor.

Required Courses I (6 hours)

Select two courses from:

FRN 315Conversation and Composition I


FRN 316Conversation and Composition II


FRN 320French Civilization


FRN 321WIFrance Today


FRN 330Survey of French Literature (Beginning to 1800)


FRN 331Survey of French Literature (1800 to Present)


FRN 333Francophone Literature and Culture


FRN 350Topics in French and Francophone Film


FRN 353Youth Literature in French


FRN 360Literature and Culture of Quebec


FRN 370French Pronunciation and Diction


FRN 391Topics in French and Francophone Cultures


Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one course from:

FRN 335French for Business


FRN 340Foreigners in France in the 20th and 21st Centuries


FRN 423WIFrance at War in the 20th Century


FRN 460Topics in Quebec Studies


FRN 531Practicum in French Stylistics


FRN 591Advanced Topics in French and Francophone Cultures


Required Courses III (3-6 hours)

Select one of the following for a minimum of 3 hours:

FRN 310Study Abroad


FRN 410Study Abroad


Note: Students unable to study abroad may substitute two (2) three-credit FRN courses at the 300 level or above, with the approval of a French faculty advisor.

Electives (3 hours)

Select electives in FRN at 300 level or above.

Total: 23-26 semester hours