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Department of French and Italian

Minor in French

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements FRENMIN
A French minor signifies competence in the language, which is important for jobs in many fields in our global economy. It also prepares students for travel in French-speaking countries (there are 29 of them) and is a useful supplement to majors where original sources are in French (political science, history, economics, fine arts, etc.). A French minor helps students develop the skills of reasoning, communication, and multicultural understanding that are essential to success in today's world.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours* (in FRIT-F courses above FRIT-F 200), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Fourth-Semester French. One (1) course:
    • FRIT-F 250 Second-Year French II: Language and Culture
    • FRIT-F 265 Accelerated Second-Year French (maximum of 3 credit hours can apply toward the requirement)
  2. Introductory Course. Must be taken on the Bloomington campus. Complete one (1) course from the Introductory Course list.
    • FRIT-F 300 French and Francophone Studies: Introduction
    • FRIT-S 300 French and Francophone Studies: Introduction-Honors
  3. French Language Elective. One (1) course:
    • FRIT-F 313 Advanced Grammar
    • FRIT-F 314 Creative and Critical Writing in French
    • FRIT-F 315 The Sounds and Rhythms of French
    • FRIT-F 316 Conversational Practice
  4. French/Francophone Literature and Culture Elective. One (1) course:
    • FRIT-F 305 Stage and Page
    • FRIT-F 306 Fiction and Poetry
    • FRIT-F 361 La France médiévale (jusqu\'à 1500)
    • FRIT-F 362 Renaissance et Révolution
    • FRIT-F 363 La France Post-Révolutionnaire
    • FRIT-F 364 La France Actuelle
    • FRIT-F 375 Thèmes et perspectives littéraires et culturels
  5. Advanced Elective. One (1) course:
    • Additional course from the French Language Elective list above
    • Additional course from the French/Francophone Literature and Culture Elective list above
    • FRIT-F 317 French in the Business World
    • FRIT-F 396 Foreign Study in French
    • FRIT-F 401 Structure and Development of French
    • FRIT-F 402 Introduction to French Linguistics
    • FRIT-F 410 French Literature of the Middle Ages
    • FRIT-F 413 French Renaissance
    • FRIT-F 423 Seventeenth-Century French Literature
    • FRIT-F 424 Ideas and Culture in Seventeenth-Century France
    • FRIT-F 435 Enlightenment Narrative
    • FRIT-F 436 Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau
    • FRIT-F 443 Nineteenth-Century Novel
    • FRIT-F 445 Nineteenth-Century Drama
    • FRIT-F 446 Nineteenth-Century Poetry
    • FRIT-F 450 Culture and Society in French Studies
    • FRIT-F 451 Literature and the Arts in French Studies
    • FRIT-F 455 Le Roman au 20e siècle
    • FRIT-F 456 La Poésie au 20e siècle
    • FRIT-F 459 Le Théâtre au 20e siècle
    • FRIT-F 460 La francophonie nord-américaine
    • FRIT-F 461 Cinéma et Culture: La France/la Francophonie contemporaine
    • FRIT-F 463 Civilisation française
    • FRIT-F 467 French Beyond the Hexagon
    • FRIT-F 474 Thème et version
    • FRIT-F 475 Le Français oral: cours avancé
    • FRIT-F 496 Foreign Study in French
  6. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.