Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in French (FRENMIN)Department of French and Italian

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


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, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Fourth-Semester French. One (1) course:
    • (maximum of 3 credit hours can apply toward the requirement)
  2. Introductory Course in French/Francophone Studies. Must be taken on the Bloomington campus. One (1) course:
  3. French Language Elective. One (1) course:
  4. French/Francophone Literature and Culture Elective. One (1) course:
  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
  6. 300–499 Level Residency. At least two (2) courses at the 300–499 level must be taken on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
  7. Courses Taught in French. All courses taken to complete the minor must be taught in French.
  8. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. 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. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. 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. Minor GPA. 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.