Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in FrenchStudents on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements (FRENMIN)Department of French and Italian

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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours* (in FRIT-F courses above FRIT-F 200), including the requirements listed below.

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  1. Fourth-Semester French. One (1) course from the Fourth-Semester French list.
    • FRIT-F 250 Second-Year French II: Language and Culture P: FRIT-F 200 or appropriate placement test score. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 265 Accelerated Second-Year French (maximum of 3 credit hours can apply toward the requirement) P: FRIT-F 115 or FRIT-F 150; or appropriate placement test score. An accelerated treatment of material covered in both FRIT-F 200 and FRIT-F 250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete FRIT-F 265 cannot also receive credit for FRIT-F 200 or FRIT-F 250. (4 credit hours.)
  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 P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265; or appropriate placement test score. This course introduces students to different levels of style and expression and to written argumentation in French. Literary texts, films, and other media representing various periods and genres provide the basis for in-class discussion and for exercises designed to develop oral and written fluency. Topics vary by section. Conducted in French. Credit given for only one of FRIT-F 300 or FRIT-S 300. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-S 300 French and Francophone Studies: Introduction-Honors P: Honors student; FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265, or consent of department. Literary texts, films and other media representing various periods and genres provide the basis for in-class discussion and for exercises designed to develop oral and written fluency. This is a version of FRIT-F 300 for honors students. Conducted in French. Credit given for only one of FRIT-F 300 or FRIT-S 300. (3 credit hours.)
  3. French Language Elective. One (1) course from the French Language Elective list.
    • FRIT-F 313 Advanced Grammar P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265; or appropriate placement test score. Intensive study of French grammar including in-depth review and exploration of advanced topics such as the passive, the causative, and indirect discourse. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 314 Creative and Critical Writing in French P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265. Designed to improve command of written French and build vocabulary through intensive writing. Practice with a variety of literary, expository, and communicative writing styles. Preparation or reinforcement for 300-level classes and study abroad. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 315 The Sounds and Rhythms of French P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265; or appropriate placement test score. In-depth study of the French sound system and refinement of pronunciation through practical exercises. (4 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 316 Conversational Practice P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265; or appropriate placement test score. Three meetings per week plus optional listening comprehension and oral practice in the language laboratory. Development of communicative and speaking skills. (3 credit hours.)
  4. French/Francophone Literature and Culture Elective. One (1) course from the French/Francophone Literature and Culture Elective list.
    • FRIT-F 305 Stage and Page P: FRIT-F 300. Theatre and literature of ideas by authors from the classical tradition to the twenty-first century. Readings and discussion in French. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 306 Fiction and Poetry P: FRIT-F 300. Evolution of French-language prose fiction and poetry across a variety of periods. Readings and discussion in French. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 361 La France medievale (jusqu'a 1500) P: FRIT-F 300. France's major political, religious, and economic characteristics from roughly 500 to 1500. Key moments and aspects include the Carolingian empire, feudalism, the Capetian and Valois monarchs, lords, knights and castles, women, peasants and merchants, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, the twilight of the Middle Ages. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 362 La France 1500-1800 P: FRIT-F 300. An introduction to the cultural history of France from the Renaissance to the Revolution. The emergence of new forms of political power, of sociability and of religious creeds, along with a variety of cultural phenomena that shaped national identity, popular culture, and daily life. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 363 La France 1800-aujourd'hui P: FRIT-F 300. The evolution of French history, society, and culture from Napoleon's Empire to the Postcolonial era. Key concepts and events of this period include Romanticism, the Paris Commune, the Dreyfus Affair, Impressionism, First and Second World Wars, Feminism, May 1968, immigration and multiculturalism. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 375 Themes et perspectives litteraires et culturels P: FRIT-F 300. Study of a specific subject or theme (e. g., society and the individual, courtly love and its influence on French culture, West African francophone cinema, or satire in literature and theater). All work in French. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Advanced Elective. One (1) course from the Advanced Elective list.
    • 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 P: FRIT-F 250 or FRIT-F 265; or appropriate placement test score. Study of the language of business activities in France, with an introduction to the structure and functioning of various aspects of French economic life. Useful for students preparing for the proficiency examinations of the Chambre de Commerce de Paris. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 396 Foreign Study in French P: Acceptance into an approved IU overseas study program. Credit for foreign study in French language or literature when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–6 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 399 Reading for Honors P: Approval of Director of Undergraduate Studies. (1–12 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 401 Structure and Development of French P: FRIT-F 313,FRIT-F 314, or consent of instructor. Introductory description of the structure of present-day French, including problems of social and geographical variation. Discussion of the highlights of the development of the French language from its formative period to the present. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 402 Introduction to French Linguistics P: FRIT-F 313,FRIT-F 314, or consent of instructor. Introduction to the structure of the French language: phonology, morphology, and syntax. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 410 French Literature of the Middle Ages P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Introduction to Old French language and major literary works. Readings may be broadly representative of the period or reflect a particular thematic concern. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 413 French Renaissance P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Rabelais, Montaigne, the Pleiade, and others. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 423 Seventeenth-Century French Literature P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Esthetic and intellectual traditions such as the Baroque, libertinage erudit, preciosity, the moralists, and classicism. Genres include poetry, fiction, theater, the epistle, memoirs, and the essay. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 424 Ideas and Culture in Seventeenth-Century France P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Study of political ideology and theory, images and text, scientific and philosophic innovation, social mores, or social and religious institutions. Focus on absolutism, religious controversies, social and intellectual status of women, or other issues. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 435 Enlightenment Narrative P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Narratives in the form of letters, memoirs, dialogues, and tales. Writers such as Marivaux, Prevost, Voltaire, Diderot, Mme de Charrière, Constant, Chateaubriand. Social, political, and cultural interchange between the writer and his/her world, from classicism to romanticism. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 436 Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Three great writers of the eighteenth century; their versatility, sensitivity, and appeal; their relations with each other and their society; their pan-European impact. Voltaire: action, tale, and satire. Diderot: knowledge, dialogue, and vitality. Rousseau: idealization, testimony, and vision. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 443 Nineteenth-Century Novel P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Novelists such as Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 445 Nineteenth-Century Drama P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Survey of the important movements in nineteenth-century theatre: romanticism, realism and naturalism, symbolism. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 446 Nineteenth-Century Poetry P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Poets such as Hugo, Desbordes-Valmore, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 450 Culture and Society in French Studies P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Emphasis on one topic, author, or genre. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 9 credit hours in FRIT-F 450 or FRIT-F 451. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 451 Literature and the Arts in French Studies P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Emphasis on one topic, author, or genre. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 9 credit hours in FRIT-F 451 or FRIT-F 450. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 455 Le Roman au 20e siecle P: Two courses from F305, F306, F375; or one course from F305, F306, F375 and one course from F222-F227, F310, F311, F361-F363; or permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies. Survey of important novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries, or seminar on one particular writer, movement, or time period. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 456 La Poesie au 20e siecle P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Richness and diversity of twentieth century French poetry: poets such as Chédid, Apollinaire, Valéry, les surréalistes, Ponge, Saint-John Perse. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 459 Le Theatre au 20e siecle P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Precursors of the non-realistic theater; playwrights include Jarry, Apollinaire, and Cocteau. Surrealism; plays by Vitrac. Theater of ideas; playwrights include Anouilh, Giraudoux, Sartre. Theater of the absurd; playwrights include Beckett, Adamov, Arrabal, Ionesco, and Genet. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 460 La francophonie nord-americaine P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. History of the different French-speaking communities of Canada and the United States. Study of the different manifestations of their cultures: their language, music, traditions, cuisine, literature, and cinema. Also examines the impact these cultures have had on the surrounding English-speaking communities. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 461 La France contemporaine: cinema et culture P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. France since 1945: political, social, economic, and cultural aspects (including film). (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 463 Civilisation francaise P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. French civilization from the medieval period to the present day. Survey of a period, topic, cultural movement, or artistic genre. Credit given for only one of FRIT-F 463 or FRIT-F 464. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 467 French Beyond the Hexagon P: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Introduction to the literature, film, and popular culture of one or more French-speaking zones-Quebec, the Antilles, the Indian Ocean Islands, Southeast Asia, North Africa, or sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 474 Theme et version P: FRIT-F 313 and FRIT-F 314. May be taken by graduate students in preparation for FRIT-F 574 Translation of selected passages, alternating between English and French, to teach students to write with precision and clarity in both languages. (3 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 475 Le Francais oral: cours avance P: FRIT-F 316 or consent of department. (2 credit hours.)
    • FRIT-F 496 Foreign Study in French P: Consent of chairperson. Does not count as FRIT-F 400-level course in residence for major Course involves planning of research project during year preceding summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study. (3–8 credit hours.)

Notes

  • *No courses taught in English may count toward the French minor.
  • *Two courses at the 300–400 level must be taken on the Bloomington campus, and one of these two courses must be FRIT-F 300 (or FRIT-S 300).